Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli released a bilingual book titled Nepal: Peace Is at Hand in Hanoi on Friday.
|Ambassador of Vietnam to Nepal Pham Sanh Chau speaks at the ceremony. — VNS Photo Minh Thu|
The book is written in Vietnamese and English by Most Venerable Huyen Dieu, who established An Viet Nam Phat Quoc Pagoda in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It was the first Vietnamese pagoda to be built abroad.
As the book is about Nepal, it is expected to further publicise the country in Vietnam and contribute to bilateral understanding and promoting Nepal as a tourist destination. The book reflects upon the conflict and peace process from Buddhist philosophical perspectives.
It is divided into two parts – the first part is in Vietnamese while the latter is in English.
During the book launch, Prime Minister Oli said the book would help inform foreign nationals, especially followers of Buddhism, about Lumbini and Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.
The Prime Minister stressed that Nepal was not only the birth place of Lord Buddha but also a foundation of Buddhism.
He expressed admiration for President Ho Chi Minh and concern about the mutual understanding between two countries.
The book launch was held at the private museum of ao dai (traditional long dress) owned by designer Lan Huong.
“This ceremony is a proof of close friendship and a chance for further co-operation between Vietnam and Nepal,” said Ambassador of Vietnam to Nepal Pham Sanh Chau. “The Prime Minister introduced the book and found out more about Vietnamese culture.”
The Prime Minister was on a State visit to Vietnam and attended the United Nations Vesak Festival, which opened in Ha Nam Province on Sunday.