-Filed by Office of Tibet, Moscow
Moscow, Russia: A Conference on “Tibetology and Buddhology at the intersection of science and religion” was held at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Oriental studies on October 30-31. The conference was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Institute of Oriental studies under the umbrella of the Russian Academy of Science Russian Federation and was organized by the Institute with the support of Tibet Culture and Information centre.
Scholars from many different institutions in Russia, Mongolia, China, and the U.S presented their reports.
Among the chief speakers was Honorary representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, who opened the conference with a speech on “Buddhist relations between Tibet, Russia and Mongolia from the Collapse of Socialism to Present”.
Honorary representative Telo Tulku Rinpoche gave. A detailed presentation on how the historical ties between the Tibetan People and Mongolia and Russia was re-established since the collapse of the Soviet Union and also gave a detailed report on how many students who joined monasteries, schools, universities and other Tibetan institutions in India and also emphasized about the importance of reestablishing historical ties between Tibet, Mongolia and Russia and the strong karmic relationship between them.
It was followed by the presentation of Dr Dmitriev from Institute of Oriental Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Who talked about Accessories of the Buddhist Worship in the Tangut-Chinese Glossary of Buddhist Worship “Timely Pearl in the Palm” Written in 1190.
Then a report by Dr Badmatsyrenov of Buryat State University, Ulan-Ude on the topic of Sociological Studies of Buddhism in Buryatia: Past and Present as well as Dr Sabirov R. of Moscow State University who spoke about the Role of Laymen Buddhists in the Distribution of Buddhism in Modern World.
Dr Andrey Teretyev, chief editor of “Buddhism of Russia” and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s translator during the visits to Russia in 1991-95, St. Petersburg spoke about the last Life-Time Publication by F.I. Shcherbatskoi: Translation of the First Chapter of Madhyanta Vibhanga.
Prof.Lyulina of RUDN University, Moscow presented on the 6th Panchen Lama (1738-1780) and His Impact in the Development of Tibet’s Foreign Relations and Shustova A.M., Institute of Oriental Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Dalai Lama’s Dialogues with Russian Scientists: How to Spiritualize Science.
Dr Aubakirov M.K., Private Secondary School with Philosophical Bias, Uralsk on Methods of Buddhist Pedagogics in Modern Education.
Lepekhova E.S., Institute of Oriental Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow on Classification of Buddhist Teachings in the Tendai School and the Theory of Moral Development by Lawrence Kohlberg.
Acharya Mitruev Bembya of Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow gave a presentation about the “State of Buddhist Studies in Kalmykia”.
Drobyshev Yu.I. Institute of Oriental Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow on Aglag Khiid as an Example of Modern Buddhist Landscape Architecture of Mongolia.
Loshchenkov A.V., Institute of Mongolian Studies, Buddhology and Tibetology, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Ude on Institute of Buddhist Dialectics: Traditions and Novelties.
At the concluding part of the conference Dr Sergei Kuzmin, one of the head organizers of the event gave a brief presentation of a new book Diluwa Khutugtu of Mongolia. He talked about the importance of the book in the academic field.
Researchers Tenzin Desal and Karma Tenzin from Tibet Policy Institute was also invited to Russia by the Moscow Tibet Office and established ties with “Peoples Friendship University of the Russian Federation, Moscow and St Petersburg State University.
They also paid a visit to historical places that holds treasures of Tibetan Art and literature and paid pilgrimage visit to St Petersburg Buddhist Monastery which was built with the support of 13th Dalai Lama.