Sokyo Japanese Buddhist Temple has been opened for public in Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha as one more attraction for the pilgrims, tourists and the seekers of Buddhism.  Located in the West Monastic Zone of Lumbini, the Sokyo Japanese Temple was inaugurated on 10 Jan 2020 by Federal Member of Parliament and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the federal parliament Hon. Bharat Kumar Shah amid a ceremony in the presence of monks, nuns, LDT officials, security personnel, media persons, and local people. 

Addressing the inaugural program Hon. Bharat Shah insisted on the inclusion of local people of Lumbini in the development programs in Lumbini. “The people who left their houses and land for the development of Lumbini should not be ignored” he reiterated. He also thanked the Japanese team for constructing beautiful Buddhist temple with Japanese architecture in Lumbini and helping to promote Buddhism in the area.

Ven. Metteyya congratulated the Sokyo Buddhist Organization for completing the construction and opening the temple for public. He recalled the contribution of the Japanese monk Souzen Umehara, the founder of the Sokyo Buddhist Organization for his willingness to establish a temple when no one was ready to come to Lumbini in early years.

Hon. Fakhruddin Khan congratulated the Sokyo Organization for completing the project of temple construction. He said that the operation of the Japanese temple in Lumbini would undoubtedly contribute in promotion of Buddhism and bilateral relation between Nepal and Japan.  

Bhikshu Krishna Man had delivered welcome speech in function while Tank Bahadur Saud, the director of Project thanked all monks and nuns, guests and participants for their presence to make the program a success.  Newly opened temple in Lumbini is expected to contribute to the promotion of Visit Nepal 2020 campaign.

Source: Lumbini Development Trust