Lumbini Buddhist University was conceived in the First World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini in Buddha Sambat 2542 (1998 AD) with the aspiration of creating an academic center inspired by the tenets of Lord Buddha’s teachings. It was established dedicated to the sacred birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha through the promulgation of LBU Ordinance in 2004 AD. The ordinance was endorsed by the Parliament of Nepal through LBU Act in 2006 AD. Accepting and following the teachings of Lord Buddha, the University is dedicated to World Peace.
The university is expected to provide a focus for uniting all for world peace. It is expected to function as an international hub for Buddhist Studies and activism for world peace through the operation of institutions of higher education for teaching-learning and research in the areas of Buddhist Philosophy, Literature, Education, Buddhist History, Archaeology, and Culture to inspire Shanti, Bandhutwa, Maitri and Sadbhav (peace, empathy, friendship, and compassion). Understanding that higher education is the foundation for knowledge creation, dissemination, application, and innovation necessary for driving social, economic, and political development, LBU intends to develop academic programs, undertake research activities, and interface with communities and societies with the mission of propagating peace and prosperity for all.
In the current global development trend, knowledge-based development has superseded other modes. LBU intends to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based society. The emergent development discourses are profoundly drawn by the gravity of the core humane consciousness. The inner voice of the human soul in love with nature and the mother earth is calling for critical reflection on the past courses of modernity and to yearn for mindfulness in every step forward. LBU is aware of and yearns the traditional ethos of the people of Nepal in venerating nature and mother earth and behold their supreme. The world is now engaged in the global campaign for achieving the goals of sustainable development led by the United Nation. LBU intends to contribute to the campaign upholding the ethos.
On behalf of LBU, I would like to invite all to walk with us in the lights Buddha’s teachings.
Prof. Dr. Hridaya Ratna Bajracharya
Bajracharya was born in Bikram Sambat 2011 (1954AD) to a family associated with the Buddhist Sangha of Kanak Chaitya Mahavihar (Jana Baha), Kathmandu, and lives in a joint family of 16 people headed by the Eldest Brother. He started his academic career as a school math and science teacher from 2029BS. He joined Tribhuvan University as an Instructor of Science Education in Mahendra Ratna Campus, in 2035 Tahachal, worked as a researcher in the Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) in 2037. He also taught physics at Amrit Science Campus. From 2038 onwards he worked as a researcher in the Research Center for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID) where he became Executive Director from 2054-2063, almost ten years. From 2063 until 2075 he worked as the technical advisor to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for implementing the Second Higher Education Project (SHEP, 2007-2014) and Higher Education Reform Project (HERP 2015-2020). His background including successful professional engagements and contributions to educational development in the country through the institutions where he worked brought him to the current responsibility of leading the Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) as the Vice Chancellor.
LBU is planning to launch highly proactive subjects of applied & social sciences in order to link them with Buddhist Studies. Such programs incorporate: travel and tourism, law (including Buddhist jurisprudence and legislation) etc., under the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Moreover, the University has also formulated a plan to establish Tapovan in the community forest in Devdaha and develop it as a model for sustainable development following the principles of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It has established School of Development Studies & Applied Science for undertaking research and conducting academic programs in this sector. LBU is also preparing a strategic plan to play a catalytic role in making a major breakthrough in linking Buddhist Education with the current contexts of human development, social transformation,
and sustainable development emphasizing on conservation of nature culture and environment.