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Dear Friends,

It has been about 4 weeks (Today is Jan 21st 2013) since we launched this petition, “Preserve The World Heritage – Lumbini – The Buddha’s Birthplace.”  So far, we have more than 4000 online signatures supporting this petition and supporters continue to sign this petition everyday.

Some supporters have helped us further by adding our petition to their websites or help us to promote the petition on their Facebook pages.  We greatly appreciate everyone who has supported this cause and we thank you from the bottom of our heart.

http://www.sumeru-books.com/2013/01/lumbini-anti-development-petition/

http://forcechange.com/52071/preserve-sacred-buddhist-heritage-site/

http://thebuddhistblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/petition-to-save-lumbini-birthplace-of.html

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/life-and-enlightenment/6qKbOGXmWGA

From ATBU (Association Theravada Buddhist University)  http://atbu.org/node/242

Declaration from United Nation day of Vesak – http://www.undv.org

http://www.undv.org/vesak2012/en/2012declaration.php
Point 8 – We applaud the cooperation among the UNESCO, the Government of Nepal, the business sector and various Buddhist non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in the establishment of measures taken for the monitoring and mitigation of air pollution at Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and a designated World Heritage site.

http://www.undv.org/vesak2012/en/2007declaration.php
To reiterate the appeal to all parties, the United Nations, UNESCO and concerned governments and agencies to preserve both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Buddhists, and to encourage visit to Buddhist holy sites as part of their revitalization;

http://www.undv.org/vesak2012/en/2006declaration.php
(7) to reiterate the appeal to all parties, the United Nations, UNESCO and concerned governments and agencies to preserve both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Buddhists,

(10) to acknowledge the urgency of improving gender status in order to bring to an end the detriment to individuals, communities and ecology of inequitable and unbalanced development, and to redirect our efforts towards sustainable development based on the inter-dependent integration of economic and ecological concerns and towards peace and security,

Comments from the petition posting on Change.org  from different countries  - So far there are 80 countries – (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bharain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Cyrus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, HongKong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, NewZealand Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Paraguay, Philipine, Poland, Poturgal, Qatar, Romania, Russian, Saudi, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, US, United State Minor Outlying Islands,  Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Virgin Islands )

Tuan Cheat Lim – JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA
Lumbini is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Efforts should be put into preserving this extremely important Buddhist site, and not destroy it by your New World Peace City. What peace is there when you are destroying the holy site of the Buddhists worldwide. Please reconsider, before the image of UN is tarnished beyond recognition ?

Geoffrey Samuel – Cardiff – United Kingdom
As a specialist in Buddhist studies, and someone who has visited and appreciated the senerity and beauty of many Buddhist sites over the years, I am shocked to hear that the Nepal government is apparently prepared to go ahead with this scheme. The example of the Kathmandu Valley has shown how difficult it is to preserve even minimal acceptable environmental standards once development of this kind is permitted.

SADAGATTOULLA Aminaby – FRANCE
I am not a Buddhist . I visit Lumbini two years ago,it is a peacefull place. I promise to my 9 years old daughter to bring her there and feel the serenity of this place. In Lumbini are Buddhisms’ roots please preserve this place free from urbanization.Thankyou!

Gensho Shindo (Dr. R.a.Jones) – United Kingdom
As a Zen monk, I find it inconceivable that this highly significant, Buddhist World Heritage site could be built on.

Hakon LS – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I visited Lumbini last year. It has not changed much in 2500 years. It is timeless. It is a place of refuge from greed. It is a place of peace. Of solace. Of reflection. Of inspiration. Of freedom. Freedom from the sound of machines. Free from the breathlessness of conjestion. A birthplace of wisdom.
The only motive for the new plan is money. No higher goal involved. What true buddhist will support this cause to encircle and encroach wisdom with greed? To the governments of Korea and Nepal – your time in power is limited but the damage of this action will remain for hundreds of years. Is this a legacy worth pursuing?

Puay Kim Teo – Singapore
There are many things that can be done to derive social and economic benefits of developing the region around Lumbini. However, this project seems to be favouring short term benefits over long term gains.  I urge reconsideration. With metta. PK

Mahinda Gunasekera – CA – USA
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha. We need to preserve this holy land for the future generations. There is great Peace already present there. Creating a New World Peace City will ruin the Peace of this World Heritage site. Keep the buffer zone AS IS! And instead look within and develop peace in your mind which does not take ANY space!

Don Wijayasinghe – Australia
…….   Do not deny future generations the opportunity to understand and experience such a sacred site.

Manjula Wettasinghe – Australia
Leave Lumbini without modern human invasion. It is important to man-kind. Humans have already invaded and destroyed most of this planet in the name of “foolish” modernisation.

Harsha Muni – USA
My children  & the future generations should be able to view the area, as it was before. Not this sky rise buildings

Pium Attanayake – Australia
As a Christian I support this as Lumbini has historical value and if destroyed the World would not have witness to the birth of Lord Buddha. For me it is like destroying Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born.

A K Basnayakev – New Zealand
As a Buddhist who has visited Lumbini, it is important for me to preserve the Lord Buddha’s birthplace as it is now. I felt such peace and serenity in this place that brought tears to my eyes when I was there and I want every Buddhist to feel that wonderful feeling and dont want it threatened in anyway.

Santi Forest Monastery – Australia
because we are a Buddhist Monastery and wish to see the Buddha’s birthplace as it was in the Buddha’s time as much as possible.

Richard Dixey- USA
Lumbini is one of the four great sites of pilgrimage- it is an extraordinarily inappropriate place to site a new city. Please reconsider.

Andrea Kalmár Hungary
I have been to Lumbini several times doing meditations, and believe that preserving Lumbini is important.

Chris Parkin – United Kingdom
Having spent time in Lumbini and as a Buddhist, I appreciate what a special place this is. I will never forget the serenity and beauty I found there. This will all go and it will never be recovered. Is this how much we value the priceless gift the Buddha gave us?

Kim L Ng – Singapore
There is one and only one place which is designated as the Buddha’s birthplace and if you destroy it, the world has lost something precious and rare forever. One can CHOOSE to build the Peace City in so many places – why must the choice be that which destroys something precious and rare? Is there really no other site where the Peace City can be built?

Norman Feldman – Canada
I have been visiting Lumbini regularly since 1978 and feel strongly that more needs to be done to protect the silence and peacefulness. This scale of development will seriously harm the spiritual atmosphere that is already being encroached on.

Karen White KATHMANDU, NEPAL
I am deeply impressed with the current peacefulness of Lumbini, and would not like to see it turned into an urban zone that is aimed at attracting tourists as short-term “cash-cows”, while destroying the long-term value of Lumbini as a pilgrimage site. “Development” is not good in itself. It must be guided by principles that will stand the test of time.

Thilina Kiringoda SRI JAYAWARDENEPURA KOTTE, SRI LANKA

Having participated in providing planning inputs to the World Heritage City of Galle, Sri Lanka, I know what happen to Lumbini with an increased population, I know what would happen to Lumbini if the project to build a Peace City is proceeded with, without assessing the need for a population increase, whether in the name of a Peace City or otherwise. Why a populace city around a World Heritage Site like Lumbini? Does the monument needs such a city for its sustainability? I can understand the economic problems of Nepal but the madness of creating a city of 200,000 population is like converting Lumbini into a metropolis in the long term. UNESCO WHC! Where are you?

And more… to be posted…..