Established by the Government of Nepal with a Parliament Act on June 17, 2004 under the concept presented by the First World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini.
HISTORY OF THE LUMBINI BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY
The first World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini from 30th November to 2nd December 1998 organized by Lumbini Development Trust, proposed to establish an International Buddhist University in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, to impart standard education on Buddhist Philosophy, Literature and Culture, etc.. Subsequently the Lumbini Declaration, issued on the concluding day of the Summit, requested the Nepal Government to take immediate action in this direction. Accordingly, the Lumbini Development Trust constituted a seven-member Preparatory Committee with Prof. Dr. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as convener and Ven. Sudarshan Mahasthavir, Ven. Ngawang Hoser Lama, Rev. Pt. Badri Ratna Bajracharya, Prof. Mohan Prasad Lohani, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar and Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya as members.
The Proposal of establishing Lumbini International Buddhist University was thoroughly discussed in various meetings at different stages to justify the need for the establishment of Lumbini International Buddhist University. Eventually, a meeting presided over by Hon. Deepa Kumar Upadhyaya, the then Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation formed “Proposed Lumbini International Buddhist University Main Preparatory Committee 2061″ on 3rd Kartik 2061 B.S. with Hon.Bharat Shah, the Member of Parliament as Convener and Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Expert on subject matter and the then Head of Central Department of Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University as Member-Secretary.
Finally, on 14th Marga 2061 B.S. Lumbini Buddhist University was formally established with the promulgation of an Ordinance which was declared on 16th Marga 2061 B.S. at the 2nd World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini. Subsequently the Main Preparatory Committee meeting held on 23rd Marga 2061 B.S. took six important decisions including the renaming of committee as “Lumbini Buddhist University Main Preparatory Committee 2061″ Later in 2062 B.S., the Parliament approved the Ordinance with modifications as Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Ain 2063 (Lumbini Buddhist University Act 2063).