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The Sacred Garden of Lumbini Perceptions of Buddha’s Birth Place
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Lumbini is one of the most sacred places in the world. Over many centuries people have developed visions of the place where Gautama Buddha was born. There are certain attributes and characteristics that are part of the common understanding of Lumbini. However, people have different perceptions, expectations and visions of Lumbini. They all are fragments of the overall picture of Lumbini. Bringing them all together provides a more comprehensive image of the sacred site.
A story narrated in a Buddhist scripture, Udana 68–69 nicely illustrates this phenomenon. Disciples asked Lord Buddha why the wandering hermits and scholars constantly argued about so many issues and never seemed to come to any consensus. Lord Buddha then related a tale about a king, who ordered for all the blind men in the ancient city of Śrāvastī to be gathered together in front of an elephant. Each was given a specific part of the elephant to touch. Each of them perceived a different aspect of the elephant and assumed the elephant to have only the features that they personally understood: the head is like a pot, the ear is like a winnowing basket, the tusk is like a share, the trunk is like a plough, the foot a pillar, the back a mortar, the tail a pestle and the tuft of the tail a brush. However, what they did not realize is that all these physical attributes put together make the elephant.
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UNESCO ,   (2013 )
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HISTORIC SITES AND MONUMENTS, PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL PROPERTY, CULTURAL PROPERTY, HISTORIC BUILDINGS, HISTORICAL MARKERS, RELIGIOUS PLACES, MEMORIALS, TOURIST AREAS, CULTURAL HERITAGE, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, CULTURE, RIGHT TO CULTURE, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
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 UNESCO : Educational, Scientific and Cultural
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15.02.00  -  Protection Of Intellectual And Cultural Property
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