Dalai Lama to Inaugurate Nalanda Tradition of Buddhism seminar on November 13-14 at Nalanda University, Bihar

From the profound ethical teachings of the Buddha a great philosophic and theological system was created at the monastic universities, of which the greatest was at Nalanda.

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This is a collaborative event of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Tibet House (Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama), organised by Benoy K Behl to be held on November 13-14, 2013 at Nalanda University, Bihar.

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Between 11:15 am -11:30 pm, Press Preview of Film would be held. Between1:30 pm -3:30 pm Inauguration of the Event by Dalai Lama; 3:40 pm inauguration of exhibition by Dalai Lama; 5.00 pm screening of 50-minute Film on the Nalanda Tradition. On November 14 : 10.00 am – 6:30 pm seminar, covering history of Nalanda; Philosophy of Nalanda and Saint-Scholars of Nalanda; Spread of the Nalanda Tradition; Physiology and Medicine; Preservation of the Tradition : Linguistics and Translators; Continuation of the Nalanda Tradition in Modern Times. Between 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Monastic Cham Dance with Introductory Talks.

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Premiere of Films will be held at 2:10 pm and 5.00 pm The Nalanda Tradition Preserved by Tibet Script, Camera and Direction by Benoy K Behl, 10 minutes, 2:10 pm, 13/11/2013 Co-sponsored by the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath Nalanda Roots of Tibetan Buddhism 50 minutes, 5.00 pm, 13/11/2013 Sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs Government of India. Inauguration at 3:40 pm on November 13 by Dalai Lama, IGNCA, Tibet House and Benoy K Behl
Films Present

The Greatest Journey of Ideas:

The Spread of Buddhism

Besides that an exhibition of photographs of Buddhist heritage in 19 countries / regions by Benoy K Behl will also be held. The exhibition consists of 100 photographs of Buddhist heritage in India, Tibet, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Mongolia, Siberia, Uzbekistan, Kalmykia (in European Russia), Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. It shows the birth and the development of different schools of Buddhism in India and their spread to the many countries of Asia.

The exhibition shows the deeply shared Buddhist traditions of the whole of Asia and the spread of the Nalanda tradition. It is a journey through Buddhist history and culture, from the time of the life of the Buddha, through the development of Vajrayana and other Buddhist deities in Eastern and Western India, to the spread of these traditions to distant lands. This is a unique exhibition, as even a fraction of this wide coverage of the Buddhist heritage of so many countries has never been attempted before.

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From the time of Ashoka onwards, Buddhism spread not only to all corners of India but also all over Asia. The religion and the art associated with it had a transforming effect on the countries which it reached and, till today, Buddhism flourishes all over the continent. In the first century AD, the Kushana King Kanishka gave royal patronage to Mahayana Buddhism. Thereafter the Mahayana tradition, which later also developed into the Vajrayana tradition, became dominant in India. This form of Buddhism also travelled northwards from Kashmir to the trans-Himalayan regions in India and Tibet and also to China, Mongolia, Siberia, Korea, Indonesia and Japan.

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