There has been a long debate over the birth place of Budha. It has been officially announced in UNESCO that the birth place of Buddha is in Lumbini which is currently situated in Nepal. But a recent TV serial “Buddha” in an Indian channel had showed that Buddha was born in India which has caused a lot of discretion amongst the Nepalese people (mainly youths). Nepal has even banned the channel in which the TV series is being aired on.
It is sad that Buddha being a symbol of awakening or enlightenment which is to end pain and suffering is now a reason for a debate between two countries. Yes, I do believe that there should be a correct flow of information in the TV series based on a symbol that is famous all around the world. But, it should not be a reason for people of Nepal and India to be fighting over. The TV series owner and even the Indian embassy has announced an apology to the Nepalese people about the misconception of the birthplace. There has been action taken by the Nepalese government to circulate a new 100-rupee note with the imprint, “Lumbini: The Birthplace of Lord Buddha.”
When you ask why there is this issue is because even though Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal but he found enlightenment under a pipal tree—now known as the Bodhi tree—in Bodh Gaya, India. Long after the existence of Lord Buddha it was Mauryan Emperor Asoka who had brought the teachings of Lord Buddha to the world and you may say Buddhism was started from India. There is a joint history of Buddha and Buddhism between Nepal and India and we should all acknowledge this fact and promote each other.
Social media has been used heavily by the Nepalese to show their resentment to the statement and if you search through the net you will find tweets and comments surrounding this issue. If we keep fighting over it, it will only cause more harm to both Nepal and India and the spirit of Buddhism will be lost. We should all follow the teachings of Lord Buddha and learn from our experiences.
The four immeasurables taught by Lord Buddha that we should all follow in this case.
- May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
- May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
- May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss without suffering,
- May all sentient beings be in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.