Buddha Harmony Foundation got registered on a Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 in the Central District Office of Lalitpur, Nepal. A historical event was held in Lalitpur on Sunday evening of June 19th, 2016 to celebrate its registration and inauguration ceremony.
The ceremony was opened by its Founder President Sandhya Regmi, with a welcome speech. Venerable Monk Kondanya Stabir—who is also the Senior Advisor of the Foundation—was the Chief Guest of the ceremony, other monks present in the ceremony were Monk Panya Ratna, Monk Vimalo, and Monk Uttam. Jaleshwari Shrestha, a life member of the Foundation chaired the session. Among the invitees were professionals from Medicine, Engineering, Management, Sociology and other sectors. Professor Lee from Chico University California and Professor Lin Cannon from Butte college, USA attended the event as special guests. Furthermore, Krishna Gautam – journalist and representative of RSS (Rashtriya Samachar Samiti), Phul Man Bal – journalist and editor of national newspaper Kantipur, and Ms. Chandani Hamal – journalist of Nagarik daily were present on the event.
After the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Khadas were distributed to honor all the guests by the Vice-President Aruna Koirala. The Founder Patron Prof. Sanjay Dev and the Patron Mr. Yogendra Bhagat were presented with hand-made sculpture of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the token of love en-carved with the logo of the Foundation. The token of love was gifted to all the life-members well.
At the occasion, Prof. Sanjay Dev and Mrs. Sangeeta Dev handed over a cash of 1 lakh Nepali rupees as their pious contribution to the foundation. Besides the Founder President, the other speakers on the occasion included Prof. Dr Sanjay Kumar Shrestha, Prof. Dr. Bhoj Raj Aryal, Poet Bam Dev Sharma, Prof. Lee, and Prof. Sanjay Dev. Poet Kiran Pathak spread more fragrance to the ceremony by reciting a poem on Buddhism. The Chief Guest Monk Kondanya Stabir enlightened all with his invaluable speech and blessings. The ceremony was adjourned by Jaleshwari Shrestha, after giving vote of thanks. The ceremony was organized at Hariharbhawan’s Bakery café, where hearing-and-speech impaired staffs serve their guests.
The ceremony was followed by refreshment, which included fruit juice and sweets to the venerable monks, and buffet dinner for other attendees. At the end, T-shirts bearing the logo of the Foundation were distributed to all the participants, and also to the waiters of the venue.