Lumbini Udyana Mahachaitya (LUM), a monastery under construction on the land
of the Lumbini Development Project area, is being developed as part of the
Mahamudra Project. The Lumbini Development Project is a large
scale multinational construction project under the auspices and protection
of the United Nations, with support of the Nepalese government, located at
the United Nations' World Heritage Site at Lumbini, Nepal - the birthplace
of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.
The monastery will represent friends and devotees of Buddhism whose communities or countries are not represented on the land by any particular monastery. It will serve the needs of resident sangha, pilgrims and attendees of its programs and other visitors. The programs would include regular prayers, short retreats, and courses and retreats for women and children, especially those who need special care.
The Site of LUM
The site of the Lumbini Development Project covers an area of 1x3 square miles, with
three zones each covering one square mile connected by the Central Link - a 1.5 km long
corridor canal flanked by two brick pedestrian walkways. The area is currently under
development. The master-plan also includes gardens, a library, a museum, monastic zones
and areas for amenities. In the International Monastic zone, Theravadin monasteries are
developed to the east of the Central Link, while Mahayana monasteries are being built to the
west of the Central Link.
The land for LUM under Rinpoche's leadership is square shaped, with 80 meters on
each side, next to the center of the Mahayana zone, neighboring the monasteries of France,
Vietnam, Germany, India, and People's Republic of China.