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His Holiness's Representative to Russia Attends Conference on Tibet in Ulan Ude

April 14, 2009

Central Tibetan Admistration (CTA)
April 13, 2009

Moscow -- A round-table conference on 'TIBET:
PAST AND PRESENT' was held at Ulan Ude, the
capital of Buryatia Republic in Russian
Federation, on 3 April 2009. It was organized by
the Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan
Studies (IMBTS), a branch of Russian Academy of
Sciences, and was attended by about 40
academicians, participants and observers.

Prof. B.V. Bazarob, Director of IMBTS, welcoming
the participants, gave a key-note speech,
outlining the importance of promoting and
preserving the Tibetan Buddhist cultural
heritage. The key-note speech was followed by a
talk by Representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to Russia & CIS, Dr. Nawang Rabgyal, who
presented paper titled as 'Tibet: Past, Present &
Future', focusing on the current situation in
Tibet, Middle-Way policy, and view and vision of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama for future Tibet and world.

Twelve scholars presented their papers on various
topics, including Tibet's history, situation in
Tibet, Tibetans in-exile, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's peaceful initiative and Universal
Responsibility, and the influence of Tibetan
Buddhism in Buryatia and Himalayan region.
Presentations were followed by question, answer and discussion.

Tibet and Buryatia (in the eastern part of
Russian Siberia) has had long historical and
spiritual contacts and connection for several
centuries. Many Buryats studied in free Tibet and
became great scholar,like, Avang Dorjiev (Nawang
Dorjee), who became Tsanshab (Debate partner) of
the 13th Dalai Lama and played a significant role
in establishing contact between Lhasa and St. Petersburg in early 20th century.

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