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LTWA and a Brazilian University to Foster Collaborative Research Programme

September 16, 2010

Tsewang Phuntso, Office of Tibet, New York
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 15, 2010

New York -- The Dharamsala-based Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives and the Sao
Paulo-based Federal University of Sao Paulo
(UNIFESP) have recently signed an important,
formal agreement to promote and develop
educational-scientific cooperation in matters of
reciprocal interest to the two institutions.

The agreement was signed by Chancellor Prof. Dr.
Walter Manna Albertoni on behalf of the Federal
University of Sao Paulo and Geshe Lhakdor on
behalf of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

Under the agreement, the two institutions will
promote and foster exchange of faculties,
researchers, and students; carry out joint
educational-scientific programs or work;
cooperate in planning and conducting research of
reciprocal interest; and jointly publish the
results achieved in consequence of the activities.

This initiative was originally started in
November 2006 with the visit of Geshe Lhakdor to
Brazil at the invitation of TGIE’s Liaison
Officer to Latin America, Tsewang Phuntso.  Geshe
Lhakdor again visited Brazil in June 2007 and
September 2009.  During these visits, Geshe
Lhakdor gave a series of talks at the University
on “Understanding the Mind” and “Working with
Emotions”.  Various departments at the University
took serious interest in exploring the
relationship between mind and body and their impact on health.

The signing of this important, formal agreement
will allow research students and faculty members
of the Federal University of Sao Paulo to spend
some time at the Library of Tibetan Works and
Archive doing field researches and studying the
impact of the contemplative practices on health and physical wellbeing.

On the other hand, it will also allow experts
from the Library of Tibetan Works and Archive to
visit Brazil and teach at the Federal University of Sao Paulo.

This joint collaboration between the Library of
Tibetan Works and Archive and Federal University
of Sao Paulo has been facilitated by the TGIE
Liaison Officer to Latin America, Tsewang
Phuntso, and Professor Lia Diskin, Co-founder of
the Palas Athena Association in Sao Paulo.
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