Peace Run visits Nepal
Earlier this week, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run visited Nepal, including a visit to the sacred Shanti Stupa (Peace Shrine) in Pokhara on top of Ananda Hill.
During the opening ceremony, Mr Tej Bahadur Gurung offered his gratitude to the runners and expressed a strong hope that the message of the Peace Run would spread from this part of Nepal to all over the World.
Many distinguished guests from the city of Pokhara (2nd largest in Nepal) came to take part in this ceremony - to join in with an international team of runners from several countries around the world.
The shrine of Shanti Stupa features four statues of the Buddha facing in four different directions.
The runners also met with schoolchildren and locals who were moved to see the Peace Run pass through their city.
Previously the Nepal Peace Run had started at the Sri Chinmoy Statue in Nagarkot in the foothills of the Himalayas.
During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy visited Nepal on a few occasions, meeting with His Majesty Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal in Feb 1998. Sri Chinmoy considered himself a student of peace and by travelling around the world sought to inspire others to follow a more peaceful approach to life.
How I wish I could tell
The whole world
That I wish to live only
At one place:
The foot of peace-mountain.
Sri Chinmoy 
After the event, Ashrita Furman endeavoured to break a Guinness World Record for flipping a lit sword in the air in as many times as possible in 30 seconds. He managed 28 in the allotted time!
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