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Venerable Lobsang Monlam's talk to Tibetan Students

The Lecture:

In a Special Lecture on August 31, 2011, the eminent scholar Ven. Lobsang Monlam spoke to Tibetan students at the Tibetan Youth Hostel on his invention of the Monlam Font. He began his talk by sharing his inspirational story of hard work and persistence in order to follow his interest and to realize his ambition. In 2003, he began to learn about computers at a time when there was no one in his monastery who could teach him. His lack of access to English made it difficult for him to learn from Indian teachers also. However, from the very beginning, he gave thought to possible ways of creating new software. Experimenting with many methods, he finally managed to use Tibetan small letters. In 2005, he made a software called “First Monlam Tibetan Font”, which was found to be very beneficial by Tibetan people living both inside and outside of Tibet. It was the first Tibetan Font made by an individual Tibetan and it was the first font of Tibetan small letters. He then developed the second and third Monlam Tibetan fonts and distributed them in the Tibetan community. He also created a software called Monlam Common Tibetan Pronunciation, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on February 25, 2009.

In his talk, he stressed the responsibility of a citizen to preserve his own language and dialects, since language is crucial to the preservation of culture. The young members of the audience were inspired and motivated by this special talk. We hope that more Tibetans will take to such specializations in the future.


The Speaker:


Ven. Lobsang Monlam is the developer of the Monlam Tibetan font. He was first introduced to computers while completing his monastic studies at Sera Monastery in India. He has continued to develop fonts for public use in Tibetan communities. He also created the Monlam Common Tibetan Pronunciation, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in February 2009, distributed to Tibetan communities for free of cost. He is currently continuing his computer education and he is well determined to work hard to inscribe thick Tibetan Buddhist philosophical treatises into computer in future. In year 2001, during the construction of the new prayer hall of Sera Me monastery, he shouldered responsibility of an architecture and took responsibility for the project of building the interior monuments and inside and outside paintings of the big prayer hall.


Topic: The Invention of Monlam Tibetan Computer Font

Speaker: Ven. Lobsang Monlam

Venue: Tibetan Youth Hostel

Date: August 31, 2011

Time: 06:30 pm