July 4, 2009
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Tibet Exhibition on ‘Life in Exile’ Kicks off in TaipeiSaturday, 4 July 2009, 10:21 a.m.

 Two Tibetan monks make a sand painting of
Avalokiteshvara’s (Mercy Buddha’s) mandala, a Hindu or Buddhist graphic
symbol of the universe, during the first day of the Tibetan Culture
Exhibition at National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in Taipei


A month-long special exhibition on the culture, religion, life and
political system of Tibetans living in exile was inaugurated at
National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in Taipei on Friday, 4 July, Taipei Times reported. The
Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in
Taiwan is organising the exhibition to commemorate the fiftieth
anniversary of the Tibetans in exile.The exhibition features more than 400 photographs, more than 20 documentaries and many rare objects.“In
1959, more than 80,000 Tibetan farmers and cattle drivers — most with
no knowledge of living outside Tibet or in a modernized place — fled
into exile in India with the Dalai Lama to escape the Chinese
occupation,” Dawa Tsering, representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to Taiwan at the Tibet Religious Foundation, told a news
conference.After moving from one of the coldest places in the
world to one of the hottest, the Tibetans had to not only quickly adapt
to their new environment, but also had to start a new life from
nothing, Dawa said.Although some people had been farmers all
their lives, “they had to learn about new crops and plants they had
never seen before,” he said.“Through more than 400 photographs
and more than 20 documentaries — most being shown for the first time in
Taiwan — we will present to visitors how Tibetan culture and religion
are preserved in exile, how they live their life in exile and how
Tibetan history is seen through a Tibetan perspective,” Dawa said.Besides
pictures, visitors can also see many rare objects, such as coins,
banknotes and stamps issued by the Tibetan government before the
Chinese occupation, as well as traditional Tibetan handicrafts, such as
thangka paintings and a display of sand mandalas.The sand
mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and
destruction of a mandala made from colored sand. A sand mandala is
destroyed once it has been completed in a ceremony that symbolizes the
Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.The exhibition will be open until July 30, and more information can be found on the Internet at www.tibet.org.tw.

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