HUNSUR, Karnataka: The third six-month intensive course on Tibetan language and Buddhist studies, organised by the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration in collaboration with Snowland school of Gyudmed Tantric monastery based in Hunsur, began on 1 July. The course will culminate on 15 December 2016.
The six-month course will impart teachings and trainings on topics like Buddhist science, Buddhist philosophy, Paramita, Madhyamaka and Pramana, in addition to elements of Tibetan language such as grammar, prose and poetry.
The inaugural session of the course was held at the main hall of the Snowland School on 1 July, attended by staff and participants of the course. Geshe Sonam Lodoe, an eminent Buddhist scholar, delivered the inaugural address underscoring the importance of cultivating the right motivation in life to achieve success.
In the afternoon, Mr Thupten Tsering, joint secretary at the Department of Religion and Culture gave the introductory remarks of the six-month course and Mr Yonten Norbu, Headmaster of the school, explained the syllabus and the rules and regulation to be maintained during the course.
A total of 15 Tibetan youngsters, mostly graduate students, are participating in the course this time. The last two intensive courses were held from 1 July – 15 December 2014 and 1 July – 31 January 2016 respectively.
The six-month intensive course on Tibetan language and Buddhist studies is an initiative to preserve Tibet’s rich religious and cultural heritage, as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.