MOSCOW: Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Russia, CIS countries and Mongolia Telo Tulku Rinpoche took part at the International seminar “Buddhist Education, Ethics and Art” that was held in Moscow from 13 to 14 August, 2015. In his welcoming remarks Telo Tulku Rinpoche highly appreciated the efforts by the Russian government aimed at presenting the basics of religious cultures, including Buddhist culture, and secular ethics in high schools, calling the initiative a good example for the whole world. He also called upon bringing a new life into once famous Russian school of Buddhist and Tibetan studies by strengthening cooperation with Buddhist institutions located in India.
The seminar took place in two Institutions: Academy for Advanced Studies and Retraining of Educators (AASRE), and the State Museum of Oriental Art. Co-organizers of the seminar were the Institute of Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of Science – RAS), the State Museum of Oriental Art and the Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation (New Delhi, India).
The Organising Committee of the Seminar included well-known scientists: Prof. K. Warikoo (Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation, Secretary-General), Prof. Tigran K. Mkrtychev (Dr. of arts, deputy Director General of the State Museum of Oriental Art), Prof. Valery P. Androsov (Dr. of historical sciences, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies), Dr. Baatr U. Kitinov (Assoc. Prof., PFUR), Prof. Natalia L. Zhukovskaya (Dr. of historical sciences, Head of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS), Prof. Tatiana D. Shaposhnikova (Leading Researcher, Institute of Educational Strategy and Theory, Russian Academy of Education ).
The Seminar was attended by scientists, experts, heads of research institutions: Prof. Valery P. Androsov (Dr. of historical sciences, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies); Dr. Tatiana Kh. Metaxa (First Deputy Director of the Museum of Oriental Art); Prof. Victoria V. Vertogradova (Dr. of Philological Sciences, Chief Researcher, Department of History of Ancient East, Institute of Oriental Studies RAS); Dr. Andrey A. Terentyev (PhD, Editor of the Journal “Buddhism of Russia”, St. Petersburg); Dr. Liliya D. Munchinova (PhD, Rector of Kalmyk Republican Institute of Teacher Training, Associate Professor, Elista), the authors of the textbook “The Basics of the Buddhist Culture”, printed by “Drofa” Publishing House (Baatr U. Kitinov, Kseniya V. Savchenko, Tatiana D. Shaposhnikova), and others. Foreign guests represented such countries as Korea, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Germany, Canada and Ukraine.
The grand Opening ceremony of the Seminar was also attended by Svetlana D. Ermakova (Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation), Dmitry Yu. Ivanov (Deputy Rector of AASRE), Telo Tulku Rinpoche (Head Lama of Kalmyk Republic, the Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Russia, CIS countries and Mongolia), Mr. Ashish Sharma (Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center), as well as representatives of embassies. They noted the scientific and practical significance of event, which is first held in Russia, and stressed the need for the continuation of theoretical research and practical development of the provisions and values of the Buddhist culture.
Agenda of the Seminar was to discuss new research and development in the field of Buddhist education, ethics and art in Russia and in the countries of Indo-Buddhist world.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Russia –