Translating the words of the Buddha preserving a priceless legacy of India

India – the land where Buddhism took birth and once flourished – has lost many of the valuable Sanskrit texts containing the teachings of the Buddha. But it is due to the credit of the great Indian masters and Tibetan translators, that the Sanskrit canonical texts were translated into the Kangyur and Tengyur. This has played a decisive role in protecting and preserving the precious heritage that India had lost.

Join us at this symposium, as our distinguished speakers deliberate on the significance of the words of Buddha, and discuss the role India can play in sharing its legacy of wisdom with the rest of the world.

Learn about 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, a global non-profit movement that was initiated in India, and which has now taken on the monumental task of translating the words of Buddha and making them available to everyone.

Opening Chants
Vidya Rao
The Value of the Buddha's heritage in India
Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan
Kangyur and Tengyur: The Treasure Troves of India's Lost Wisdom
Prof. Peter Skilling
Kangyur and Tengyur: A Legacy of Ancient Indian Wisdom
Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche
Opening and Closing Addresses
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
October 27, 2013 (Sunday)
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Multipurpose Hall, Kamladevi Chattopadhya Block, India International Centre 40, Max Mueller Marg,
New Delhi - 110003
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Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan is former secretary of the Department of Arts, Ministry of Human Resources of India. She is a leading Indian scholar of classical Indian dance, Indian art and Indian architecture, and is an eminent art historian. She has remained the founder director and chairperson of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi. In 1970, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, by the Government of India. She is Honourary Patron of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.

Prof. Peter Skilling

Prof. Peter Skilling is a Buddhist scholar, historian, researcher, translator, poet, and lecturer on a wide range of subjects, from history and philosophy to Buddhist art, archaeology, epigraphy, and related areas. At present he is a researcher with the French School of Asian Studies, based in Bangkok. His fields of research include the early history of Mahayana Buddhism, the history of Pali in Southeast Asia, the history of the Buddhist orders of nuns, and the archaeology and literature of South and Southeast Asia.

Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche

Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche was the previous Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration, or Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, India. He is most renowned for co-founding the illustrious Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies (CUHTS) at Sarnath, Varanasi which he served as Principal from 1971 to 1988 and became the Director till 2001. He now is the Chancellor of Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies. He is regarded as one of the leading scholars of Buddhism.

Vidya Rao

Vidya Rao is an Hindustani classical singer and writer. She is well-known for her Thumri and Dadra and has written a book on the late Naina Devi, "Heart to Heart: Remembering Nainaji."

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is a renowned Buddhist master and meditation teacher worldwide. He is abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Kathmandu, and founder of Rangjung Yeshe Institute for Buddhist Studies, which provides Himalayan monks and English speakers a place to learn Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan language and translation in a systematic way. He also set up Dharmachakra Translation Committee, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, and started many study centres and retreat centres worldwide.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher, filmmaker and writer. From a young age he has been active in preserving the Buddhist teachings, establishing centres of learning and practice, supporting practitioners, publishing books, and teaching all over the world. Rinpoche is the spiritual head of three major monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism in Bhutan, India and Tibet. His major films include The Cup (1999), Travellers and Magicians (2003) and Vara (2013). He is currently the Founding Chairman of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha and Founder of Siddhartha’s Intent India.

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