Tribute to late Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, a prominent Buddhist scholar of Nepal.
Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, one of the prominent Buddhist scholars of contemporary Nepal who had contributed considerably to Buddhism passed away on September 18, 2012 around 3:00 AM in the morning at his own residence in Chakupat, Lalitpur, Nepal. He was sixty one.
He was the director of Nagarjun Institute of Exact Methods and visiting lecturer in the department of Buddhist studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He was also members of many prestigious Buddhist institutions like Lumbini Development Council and Lumbini University.
As a prominent Buddhist scholar he had participated in many national and international conferences and meetings and had presented papers on Buddhism particularly on Buddhism in Nepal like Lumbini and its environment, Namobuddha, Boudhanath, and Swayambhu Maha Chaitya etc.
He had authored many books and had also written numerous articles on Buddhism for its propagation. He had also helped and guided several young Buddhist scholars in their research works. In recognition of his substantive contribution to Buddhism he had been awarded with: -
1. Research Associate Award by Fokuangshan Chinese Buddhist Research Academy,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1989;
2. SAARC Buddhist Fellowship by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan 1990;
3. Dhanavajra Talent Awards by Ministry of Culture, HMG 2001 and
4. Dharmabahadur Dhakhwa Award, Patan-2010
In his death Nepal has lost a unique scholar and one of the champions of Buddhism particularly Nepali Buddhism. His absence will be felt considerably in the Buddhist literary world. May he attain Nirvana.
Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma society (UK)