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Tibetologists from all around the world met in Mongolia

18.08.2013

From June 21 to June 27 in Ulan Bator (Mongolia) over 400 scientists from different countries, mainly from Mongolia, and also from USA, China, Russia, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and other European and Asian countries, attended the XIII International Association of Tibetology Seminar (IATS).

The seminar was held with the organizational assistance of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the National University of Mongolia.

Owing to the fact that the seminar was held in Mongolia, along with tibetologists many famous mongologists and Mongolian scientists were able to take part. Students of Lama Ole Nydahl also participated: Maria Turek (Poland), Eva Seegers (Austria), Miroslav Hrdyna (Czechia), Camilla Moizes Eva (Hungary), Elizabeth Haderer (Austria) and Victoria Dubich (Krasnoyarsk, Russia). It is significant that the working languages of the conference were English and Tibetan.


The seminar comprised a large number of sections, sessions and round-table discussions – over 50 in total – dedicated to more or less broad topics, such as history of Buddhism, as well as to more narrow ones, such as studies of Tibetan Buddhism schools and regions of Tibetan culture etc.

Polish Buddhist teacher Maria Turek has given a talk on “Modern Milarepa in human society: power of oral transmission in post-Maoist Kham” in “Post-revolutionary tales” section.

Eva Seegers has told about the possibilities and risks of the monuments preservation; the subject of her talk was the restoration project of two ancient stupas in Yushu province in Western China.

Miroslav Hrdyna from Czechia, who is currently studying in Bonn Uiversity in Germany, has given a talk “The Life of Karma Chagme (1613–1678) and the sources thereof” in “Great Lives and Work” section, and his colleague Camilla Moizes Eva from Hungary spoke on “The Fourth Shamarpa in Bhutan: perspectives of religious-political history” in “Bhutan-Sikkim” section.

Elizabeth Haderer from Hamburg told about some pictures of Jetsun Dampa Hutuhtus, from the third to the eighth, in Mongolian Buddhist art in “Mongolian Buddhist art” section.

The chairman seat of the “Buddhism, Science and Society” section was given to Victoria Dubich. Her talk was on “Finding meeting points of Buddhist philosophy and contemporary science”, which was followed by animated discussion. Victoria described the physical phenomenon of quantum entanglement, latest experiments in quantum optics and their reference to the Buddhist idea of Dharmakaya.

A cultural program for included visits to the main Buddhist sanctuary of Mongolia, Gandantagchenlin monastery with 16-meters Avalokiteshvara statue, and to the palace of Bogdo-gagen VIII’s, the first independent Mongolian state ruler, who came to power after the separation from China.

Victoria Dubich from Krasnoyarsk shared her impressions: “Most of all, of course, I was impressed by the Tibetan books repository in the Mongolian library. I was particularly amazed by the book with sheets made of thin silver plates, on which Tibetan texts were written with gold. And there’s more! You should’ve seen how many texts are there in the repository! They say that during the Soviet times books from more than 700 monasteries in Mongolia were brought to Ulan Bator, among them being a great number of Diamond Sutra copies.”

On the whole the seminar was very interesting, with incredible coverage and good organization for such scale and attendance. This meeting has become a great opportunity for the scientists from Tibet and emigration to appreciate the developments of scientific thought on both sides of Himalayas.

Additional information: Yana Bybina, 8-908-015-11-26, yan-89{at}mail.ru

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