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April 8-12, 2002: The Sacred Arts of the Gyuto Monks

Vancouverites had the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices, meditation and music, when the Abbot of the Gyuto Tantric University and Monastery made a rare visit to UBC, accompanied by more than 10 monks.

Hosted by the IAR, the Gyuto monks spent a week as artists-in-residence, constructing a sand mandala in the atrium of the C.K. Choi Building and sharing the unique meditative chants for which they are known. Lecture-demonstrations on Tibetan musical structure and instruments engaged a broad public, as did seminars on the religious practices and history of the Gyuto Tantric University.

The monks' visit at the Institute culminated with the completion and dismantling of the sand mandala and a musical performance at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts on April 12. The public's warm response to this event was very much evident when the Gyuto Tantric Choir played to a sold-out concert that evening.

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April 10-11, 2002: Dialogues with Venerable Lhakdor

The IAR hosted Venerable Lhakdor for public talks at the Institute and the First Nations House of Learning on the theme of "Spirituality and Diplomacy: Tibet and the World". Venerable Lhakdor's practical and wise reflections on tensions facing the new millennium made the topic of international relations accessible to a wide audience. He was invited to give similar talks at the Universities of Victoria and Simon Fraser, as well as to a public gathering of over 500 on Bowen Island.

Venerable Lhakdor is Personal Translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Joint Secretary to the Private Office and a Director of the Central Archives in Dharamsala, India.

February 2003: Venerable Lhakdor named Honorary Professor

The IAR welcomed the return of Venerable Lhakdor for the full month of February. The visit was an important milestone for the Program, as it allowed for discussions on how the Dharamsala community and its archival resources could be incorporated into Contemporary Tibetan Studies. On this occasion, he was named the Program's first Honorary Professor. He will be a regular visiting scholar and a key liaison in virtue of his function as a Director of the Central Archives in Dharamsala, India.

Venerable Lhakdor is a distinguished scholar, holding a Geshe degree (Doctorate of Divinity) from Drepung Loseling Monastic University in South India. He also has MAs in English and Philosophy from the Universities of Punjab and Delhi, respectively. He co-translated and co-produced several books by His Holiness, including: The way to Freedom, The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace, Awakening the Mind and Lightening the Heart, and Stages of Meditation. Click here for Newsletter article on : Lhakdor-la from Dharamsala.

April 11, 2003: Lecture by Professor Timothy Brook

Professor Brook from the Department of History, University of Toronto, presented a lecture on the topic: Always a Body to Trade: Toward a Theory of Collaboration in Wartime China and Contemporary Tibet.

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