DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay left Dharamshala yesterday on official visits to Bodh Gaya, New Delhi and Mundgod. Sikyong will return to Dharamshala on 24 December.
Sikyong will be in Bodh Gaya from 14 – 15 December to assess the ongoing preparatory work for the upcoming Kalachakra in January 2017.
From Bodh Gaya, Sikyong will visit New Delhi where he will participate in the symposium titled ‘Tibet’s Past, Present and Future’ being organised by the Department of Information and International Relations on 17 December.
The daylong symposium will be held at the Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 11:00 AM. Other speakers at the symposium include Professor Brahma Chellaney, historian Claude Arpi, Professor Dibyesh Anand, former additional secretary in the Indian government Mr Jayadeva Ranade and Kate Saunders from International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). Topics of discussion include the Historical Status of Tibet and China, Current Situation inside Tibet Under China and The Middle Way Approach.
Following the symposium, Sikyong will visit Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, Karnataka state, to attend the Emory-Tibet Symposium: Bridging Buddhism and Science for Mutual Enrichment conference to be graced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On 21 December, Sikyong will attend the 600th founding anniversary celebration of Drepung monastery.
On 22 December, Sikyong will attend the historic conferment of Geshema degree to twenty Tibetan Buddhist nuns at Drepung monastery. In the afternoon of the same day, Sikyong will take part in the 50th founding anniversary of CST Mundgod.