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Scholars from 13 countries to attend international conference on Tibetan culture

December 19, 2009

Phayul [Thursday, December 17, 2009 14:04]

Dharamsala, December 17: Tibetan cultural centre in New Delhi will bring
together around 36 scholars and institution-builders from 13 different
countries for a three-day open-door conference on the Contribution of
Tibetan Culture to Global Understanding in the Indian Capital.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) laying the foundation stone for new
building of Tibet House, in November 1974, New Delhi, India (File
Scholars from Estonia, Canada, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Tibet and the USA will attend
the conference on "Contribution of Tibetan Culture to Global
Understanding: Progress and Prospects" organised by Tibet House at the
India International Centre (IIC) from 18 - 20 December.

The participants from across the globe will come together to share their
exploration in Tibet's traditions of philosophy, medicine and art, and
discuss describe how institutions can expand the audience for these.

In recent decades, the upsurge of interest in Tibetan Buddhism and how
its values may help achieve personal, social and ecological harmony has
owed much to such institutes established worldwide.

Dr Alexander Berzin, international lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, will
give the keynote address on December 18. Berzin is a Buddhist scholar
and author of 17 books and monograps, including Relating to a Spiritual
Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship, Taking the Kalachakra
Initiation, Developing Balanced Sensitivity, Buddhism and Its Impact on
Asia, and coauthor with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, The
Gelug/Kagyü Tradition of Mahamudra.

In his address, Dr Brazen will survey the ?permeation of Tibetan culture
across Central Asia and the Himalayas through history, detail recent
efforts to preserve and make accessible this heritage, and discuss in
what ways Buddhism may be adapted for psychological healing.?

According to a report by India Education Diary, the conference promises
riches for every taste, with speakers discussing traditional spiritual
practice as well as its renewal for twenty-first century challenges,
Tibetan philosophy's inheritance from Sanskrit as well as fruitful
efforts to bring it into dialogue with Judeao-Christian and Islamic

Speakers on medicine include experts on canonical texts, on rural
remedies and on both Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine. Papers on art range
from ancient carpets to medieval architecture, from Indian prototypes of
the thangka to contemporary secular art, the report said.

Tibet Houses from Mexico to Moscow are represented in a panel discussion
between institutional delegates, some from very young institutes with
activities well underway in education, cultural exchange and charity,
others with decades of involvement in building scriptural archives.

The academic discussions are followed in the evenings by performances by
Gangjong Doeghar, a troupe of young dancers from Kalimpong at the
Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre.

Founded in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and
disseminate the unique cultural heritage of Tibet and to provide a
centre for Tibetan and Buddhist studies, Tibet House has become a
repository of valuable Tibetan art and artefacts, with nearly 5000
volumes of manuscripts and books.

It offers incentives and resources for research and translation projects
and publishes important texts and research results. It hosts lectures,
organises conferences, exhibitions, filmshows, and festivals. These
programmes focus on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist history, religion,
philosophy, art, literature and culture, and bear witness to the vital
and evolving heritage of the Tibetan people.


Conference: 18th to 20th December : 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Cultural Performances: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm by Gangjong Deoghar from Kalimpong
18th December: ?Milarepa: The Hunter and the Deer?
19th December: ?Folk Songs and Dances from the Roof of the World?

Entry: Free, Call 011-24619431 ( IIC ) to re-confirm any last minute
change or cancellation of the event.

Place: Auditorium and Gandhi-King Plaza, Main Building, India
International Centre ( IIC ), 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New

For registration and more details, please contact the Secretary, Tibet
House, 1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road New Delhi ? 110003; Cell:
9810680434, 9871137321; Office: 2461 1515;
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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