1. Research and study
Since its establishment in 1988, LRC has
accomplished study and researches on various topics
of Buddhism in Nepal Mandala. Following are the list
of researches that has been completed:
Saptavidhanapuja (Seven-fold Worship) by
Pandit Asha Kaji Bajrachrya, Mr. Harsha Ratna
Dhakhwa and Mr. Shanta Harsha Bajracharya
Sagan Kayeguya Mahattva (Importance of Good-luck
Offering) by Ms. Chandra Shobha Shakya
Deke Waneguya Mhattva (Significance of Paying Homage
to the Different Shrines) by Ms. Shobha Nani
A Study on Sinhah (Auspicious Mark of Colored powder
on Forehead) by Ms. Roshani Shakya
A General Survey on the Essence of Declaring Nepal
as a Secular State by Mr. Mahendra Ratna Shakya
and Mr. Yogendra Raj Bajracharya
A Study on the Opinion of the Buddhist Priests on
the Traditional Rituals by Mr. Bodhi Vajra
A Case Study on the Impact of the Traditional
Vajrayana on the Ritual of Newa Buddhists by Mr.
Bodhi Vajra Bajracharya
A Study on the Impact of Vipasyana Meditation in the
Daily Life by Ms. Buddha Laxmi Shakya, Ms. Ratna
Devi Shakya, Ms. Riddhi Laxmi Shakya, Ms. Arni
A Study on the State of Religio-cultural Life of
Tamang Buddhists of Dhading District by Prof. Dr.
Bajra Raj Shakya
A Study on Bali Offering by Pandit Ratna Kaji
A Study on Yashodhar Mahavihar by Mr. Hera Kaji
A Study on Vasundhara Devi by Mr. Mahendra Ratna
A Study on a Buddhist Ritual: Barha by Ms. Ratna
Devi Shakya and Ms. Buddha Laxmi Shakya
A Study on the importance of Torana in the Buddhist
Art by Ms. Roshani Shakya
A Study on Mataya (the Festival of Light) by Mr.
Kiran Bhai Bajracharya and Mr. Dharma Raj Shakya
Mamaki in Vajrayana by Mr. Dharma Raj Bajracharya
A Study on Dipankha by Mr. Hiranya Raj
A Study on Shringaveri Buddhist Tradition by Mr.
Tej Ratna Shakya
Macabu Byenkegu (Birth Purification Rituals among
the Newa Buddhists) by Ms. Hira Nani Shakya and
Ms. Shobha Nani Shakya
A Study on the Tradition of Buddhist Hymns
Recitation by Mr. Tej Ratna Shakya
Impact of Jayasthiti Malla's Social Reform on the
Buddhism of Nepal by Mr. Buddhacharya Shakya
A Study on the Ornaments of Buddhist Deities By
Mr. Anand Bir Bajracharya
Similarly, some of the important research
projects going on at present are :
Bibliography of Buddhist texts.
A study on marriage customs of Newa Buddhists.
A study on Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, the religious
shrine of Newa Buddhists.
A study on Viharas of Bhaktapur.
2. Translation and Publications
The ancient Buddhist scriptures that are
available are mostly in Sanskrit language which very
few can understand. So LRC has formulated a policy
of translating Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures into
vernacular language and publishing them. So far ten
Buddhist scriptures have been translated out of
which the following remain to be published.
Sadhana Mala part I
Sadhana Mala Part II
Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita with its commentary
Publications of LRC can mainly be divided
into following six catagories :
A. Sanskrit Mahayana scriptures and their
Out of Nava Grantha (Nine famous Mahayana
scriptures), LRC has translated into Nepal Bhasa and
published the following five :
Saddharma Pundarika Sutra
Arya Gandavyuha Sutra
Arya Guhyasamaja Tantra
Book in the press
B. Research works
Yen Deya Chaitya (A survey of the Chaityas of
A study on Vasundhara Devi.
C. Conference and Seminar reports
A report on Newa Buddhist culture preservation
seminar (both in English and Nepal Bhasa)
Charyageet in Newa Buddhist culture
Guthi in Newa Buddhist culture
Loka Baja in Newa Buddhist culture
A Conference on Buddhist Heritage of Nepal Mandala:
two Reports (in English and Nepal Bhasa).
D. Education for children
‘Life of Lord Buddha’, a comic book in five
‘The Lion and The Wolf’ comic based on Jataka
E. Journal ‘Paleswan’
LRC publishes a journal named ‘Paleswan’ which
covers research reports, research oriented articles,
activities of the centre and news. Up till now the
centre has published 18 issues. An electronic
version of this bulletin named as ‘Paleswan e-Bulletine’
is on-line now.
F. Research conducted by LRC and books published by
A Study on Yashodhar Mahavihar Sangha
A Study on Bali offering
3. Conference & Seminars
LRC takes initiative to hold conferences on
Buddhist culture involving national as well as
international scholars occasionally. A Conference on
Buddhist Heritage of Nepal Mandala was organized by
Lotus Research Centre together with eighteen other
organizations from Kathmandu valley and Japan on
Nov. 1-5, 1998. The theme of the Conference was
‘Buddhist Heritage of Nepal for a Better life’.
Scholars from Nepal, USA, UK, Japan, Belgium,
Germany, France participated in the conference.
Seventeen papers on various aspects of Buddhism in
Nepal Mandala were presented during the seminars and
exhaustive discussions were held on them. The
conference comprised a wide range of programmes of
seminars, lectures, cultural exhibitions and
rituals. The conference ended successfully with the
adoption of a resolution entitled ‘The Kathmandu
Declaration’ having ten points on different aspects
of Buddhism and its culture in Nepal.
LRC has conducted seminars in two
catagories on the topics as mentioned below.
A. Seminars conducted under Regular Programme
Revival of Buddhism and culture in the Kathmandu
Jayama Puja (Priesthood)
Conservation of Newa Buddhism and culture
Caryageet in Newa Buddhist culture.
Guthi in Newa Buddhist culture
A Buddhist ritual : Bara tradition
The importance of Torana in Buddhist art
Hiranya Varna Mahavihara, a religious shrine of
Loka Baja (Traditional instruments) in Newa
Buddhism in Nepal in pre-medieval period.
A study on Dipankha
The impact of reforms of Jaya Sthiti Malla on
A study of Guita Bahi
A Study on the Ornaments of Buddhist Deities
B. Seminars conducted during conferences
also has organized several paper presentations
during ‘Newa Buddhist Culture Preservation Seminar’
(3 papers) and ‘A Conference on Buddhist Heritage of
Nepal Mandal’ in 1998 (17 papers). The list of the
papers are as follows:
Newar Buddhist Culture: A Concept by Prof. Dr.
Bajra Raj Shakya and Mr. Shanta Harsha Bajracharya
Traditions of Newar Buddhist Culture by Pandit
Ratna Kaji Bajracharya
A Study of Traditional Vajrayana Buddhism of Nepal
by Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya
Characteristics of Buddhist Culture of Nepal Mandal
by Prof. Dr. Bajra Raj Shakya
Two Topics from the Swayambhu Purana: Who was
Dharma-shri-mitra?, Who was Shantikara Acharya?
by Mr. Hubert Decleer
Impact of Physical Environment on Buddhism of Nepal
Manadal by Mr. Chakra Mehar Bajracharya
Buddhism in Nepal and "Nepal Mandal" by Dr.
Naresh Man Bajracharya
Conflicting Conceptions of the Sri Sri Sri Swayambhu
Chaitya as a Holy Shrine by Dr. Alexander von
Role of Guthi in Newar Buddhist Culture by Mr.
Phanindra Ratna Bajracharya
Charyageet by Mr. Yagya Man Bajrachrya
Literary Sources of the Gunakarandavyuha by Mr.
William B. Douglas
Concept of Mahayana/Vajrayana Buddhism in Nepal
Mandal: it's Present Status and Suggestions for
Improvement by Mr. Punya Prasad Parajuli
Status of Newar Buddhist Culture by Mr. Kedar
Monasticism in Newar Buddhism: A Historical Analysis
by Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya
Lokabaja in Newar Buddhist Culture by Mr.
Role of Theravada in the Preservation of Newar
Buddhism by Ven. Sudarshan Mahasthavira
Karunamaya Jatra in Newar Buddhist Culture by Mr.
Munindra Ratna Bajracharya
Buddhism and Licchavi Society: A Study by Dr.
Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya
Contribution of Nepal Buddhism to the World Culture
by Rev. Shucho Takaoka
On the Revival of Newar Mahayana Buddhism: One
Scholar's Reflection by Prof. Todd T. Lewis
4. The Information Centre
One of the major recommendations made by the
above mentioned conference was that LRC should be
developed as a research and information centre which
should be able to provide necessary information for
local people and international scholars on Buddhism
of Nepal. Accordingly LRC has initiated its
programme of information centre. LRC’s focus for
next five years will be to develop and stand as a
major information centre in Nepal in the field of
Buddhism and its culture by collecting exhaustive
information on every possible aspects of Buddhist
culture in Nepal Mandal.
The major progress made by LRC in this field
Prepared database of the Chaityas and Dharmadhatu
Mandalas of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
Collected significant amount of audio visual
materials recorded since last three decades.
Collected new recordings of various festivals and
musical traditions (Dapha, charya, stotra, etc.)
of Nepal Mandala.
Digitizing important Sanskrit Mahayana scriptures.
5. Essay competition
LRC has been conducting Essay competition
programme since eight years on the auspicious
occasion of birth anniversary of Lord Buddha on
various topics related to Buddha Dharma. Up till now
Essay Competitions on the perfections of Dana, Sila,
Ksanti, Virya, Dhyana, Prajna, Maitri, Karuna,
Mudita, Upeksha, Pratitya Samutpad and Bodhicitta
have been conducted. The best ones are rewarded with
prizes and the essays are published in the LRC
6. Preaching & Training programme
LRC has been organizing study based preaching
and training programmes on different topics related
to Buddhism. These programmes are intended to
attract the attention of Buddhist youth to encourage
them to make study and research.
LRC provides trainings on the following fields
Public speaking skill for young boys and girls
Skill development for young girls
Dharma practices for younger generation
As a part of social welfare activities
according to LRC constitution, LRC has been
providing scholarship to orphan-students who are
poor and helpless to study upto the secondary level.
This programme helps them to pay their tuition fees
and buy textbooks.