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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

University Celebrates 10th Annual Tibet Week

March 25, 2010

By Nihar Thadani
www.emorywheel.com 03/22/2010

This year marks the 10th annual Tibet Week, a series of events celebrating
the partnership between Emory University and the Tibetan community that
kicked off Monday.

The week-long event will be co-hosted by Emory-Tibet Partnerships, a
Universitywide initiative that aims to facilitate knowledge across Tibetan
and Western traditions and other organizations.

"Tibet Week is organized to celebrate Tibetan culture, and many programs
that we have at Emory University that promote relations between Emory and
Tibetan community," said Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, senior lecturer in the
religion department and chair of Emory-Tibet Partnerships.

Tibet Week will include events that include live exhibitions of mandala sand
painting and Thangka painting, a book signing of Arjia Rinpoche's Surviving
the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama's Account of 40 Years of Chinese Rule, a lecture
presented by Robert Thurman and a musical performance titled "Sacred Music
Sacred Dance."

Among the week's events, College senior Rebecca Arnold and College junior
Davis Burgess, co-leaders of Students for A Free Tibet (SFT) highlighted
Robert Thurman's lecture, "Why the Dalai Lama Matters - More Than Ever" as
one of the major events students should attend.

"He's a world-famous scholar of Tibetan-Buddhism culture. Emory students
should take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about the Dalai
Lama and his work," Arnold emphasized.

Negi said that the Sacred Music Sacred Dance event will also be a special
event for Emory students to witness. The event will include the monk singers
of Drepung Loseling monastery and band Dharma Bums, which is dedicated to
the Free Tibet cause.

"We want to give people an opportunity to witness Tibetan culture," Negi
said.

According to Negi, the panel discussion "Science meets Dharma: Transforming
Education at Home and Aboard" will help students understand the sharing of
knowledge.

"It will be relevant to students as it will show them how we facilitate
educational programs to learn from each other," Negi said.

This panel will include students sharing their study abroad experiences in
Dharamsala, researchers discussing the integration of compassion meditation
into modern education and speakers from Emory's science faculty involved in
the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, created to link the religious world of
the monks to modern science.

While the Tibetan literature is rich, Negi explained, modern science is
still relatively new to the Tibetan language.

"This is the closest you can get to Dharamsala without studying abroad,"
Burgess said of Tibet Week.
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