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BUDDHISM AND HISTORY OF TIBET

SYMPOSIUM ON TIBETAN HISTORY IN THE ASIAN CONTEXT

In 1992, a one-day symposium was held at Tibet House to explore academic approaches to Tibetan history. Four leading scholars spoke on the theme: Ven. Ribur Rinpoche, Dr. D. Dashpurev, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, and Dr. Dawa Norbu.

SEMINAR ON INDO-TIBETAN BUDDHISM

In collaboration with India International Centre, Tibet House commemorated the birth centenary of Giuseppe Tucci, the outstanding Italian scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, with a one-day seminar on Indo- Tibetan Buddhism in September 1994. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, Dr. Geza Bethlenfalvy, Dr. Dawa Norbu, Dr. Alaka Chattopadhyaya, Prof. R. N. Rahul Sheel, Dr. Narender Kumar Dash, and Prof. S. K. Pathak spoke at the seminar.

INDO-TIBETAN BUDDHISM STUDY GROUP PROGRAMMES

To promote the activities of a study group on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism in Mumbai, Tibet House organized a series of programmes from January 28 to February 3, 1996. A one-day seminar centred on ‘Buddhism in the Contemporary World at the Turn of the Century’ and a three-day workshop discussed ‘Mind and Mind Transformation in Buddhism’. Monks from the Drete Dhargon Monastery in Mundgod performed Tibetan monastic dances.

SPECIAL COURSE ON BUDDHISM

In response to repeated requests from people living in Delhi, especially youths, Tibet House invited them for an introductory Course on Buddhism on Fridays and Saturdays from 27 February to 11 April 2004.
The course was designed to suit the requirements of educated people who seek an overall understanding of Buddhist history, art, culture, philosophy and practice. Eminent resource persons led the classes. The participants heard a range of discourses on different aspects of Buddhism, like the figure of the historical Buddha, early Buddhism and the transition to Mahayana, Buddhist art and culture in India and other parts of Asia. A few meditation sessions were also included so that the audience could experience first hand methods employed to strengthen one’s understanding of practice.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MAHAYANA BUDDHISM: HISTORY AND CULTURE

HH the Dalai Lama lighting the inaugural lamp at the Interntional Conference on Mahayana Buddhism, 2005

Tibet House organized the “International Conference on Mahayana Buddhism: History and Culture” in New Delhi from 2-5 November 2005. His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated it at India International Centre, New Delhi. Eminent Buddhist scholars from USA, Canada, England, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the Tibetan and Indian scholars took part in the conference.

The conference was a stimulating platform for enlightening people on the origins of Mahayana and its multifaceted development as it travelled from land to land, language to language, and culture to culture. India International Centre collaborated in organizing the four-day conference. The Department of Culture and Tourism, Government of India, Mrs. Elinore Detiger from Scotland, as well as Reverend Gensei Ito and Professor Shunzo Onoda both from Japan made their financial contributions in organizing the conference.