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Tibetan Scholar awarded Padma Shri in Literature by the Indian government

January 29, 2009

Originally published by TibetNet [Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:54]
(Edited by WTN for clarity)

Dharamshala -- Prof. Geshe Ngawang Samten, an accomplished Tibetan
Buddhist scholar, was among the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri
in literature for 2009. The Government of India confers the award to its
citizens in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various
spheres of activity, including arts, education, literature, science,
sports and social service.

Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna,
the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.

Prof. Geshe Ngawang Samten is the current the vice-chancellor of the
Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. Geshe Samten,
born in Donkhar (Tibet) received his early education at the Central
School for Tibetans in Orissa, India.

He earned his Shastri (BA), Acharya (MA), Master of Philosophy and PhD
from the CIHTS. Geshe Samten received his Geshe Dhorampa (1995) and
Geshe Lharampa (1997) from the Ganden Shartse Monastery in South India.

Geshe Samten has held visiting professorship at Hampshire College,
Amherst College and Smith College in Massachusetts, US and University of
Tasmania, Australia.

He is the editor of the Tibetan critical edition of Nagarjuna's
Ratnavali (CIHTS Press) and is co-translator with Prof. Jay Garfield of
Tsong Khapa's "Ocean of Reasoning" (Oxford University Press). He wrote
?Catalogue of Rare Thankas (Tibetan scroll paintings)?, co-edited the
translation of the Abhidhammathasamgaho and the critical edition of
Sanskrit and Tibetan versions of the Pindikrit and Panchakrama of
Nagarjuna .

Prior to taking charge as the vice-chancellor of CIHTS in 2001, Geshe
Samten served as the institute's research assistant and editor, visiting
professor and professor.

The Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), earlier known as the
Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), was established in
1967 with the efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and India's first
Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

CIHTS was established to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture,
tradition and to keep ancient Indian sciences and literature preserved
in the Tibetan language.
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