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Alchi: The Living Heritage of Ladakh: 1000 Years of Buddhist Art

, Central Institute of Buddhist Studies and National Museum, 2009, Pbk, 150 p, col plates, ISBN : 9788190818100, $95.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Alchi: The Living Heritage of Ladakh: 1000 Years of Buddhist Art

Contents: Messages.1. H.H. The Dalai Lama. 2. Hon’ble Minister Tourism and Culture. 3. Director General of National Museum. Foreword. 4. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan. Preface. Introduction. Catalogue.

With the closure of all doors of Buddhist learning center in Tibet, the new ruler of Tibet allowed hundreds of lamas of Buddhist Himalayas to return home in India. And to ensure not to break the interrupted study of those home-returned young students and to continue further the tradition of study of works of Nalanda Buddhist philosophers, the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh, was established on 23 October, 1959 by the most venerable Kushok Bakula Rinpoche after having obtained blessing of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India helped the Rinpoche to develop this institute as the centre of learning for the people of Buddhist Himalayas. It is an autonomous Post Graduate Research Institute affiliated to Sampurnananda Sanskrit University. Varanasi and is governed by the Board of Management of the Institute. Study of Panchmahavidyala has been its core subject under the faculties of i) Adhyatmic Vidya (Faculty of Philosophy) ii). Shabdha-Vidya (Faculty of Language) iii). Shilpa Vidya and Bhoti Chikitsa Vidya (Faculty of Architecture and Bhot Medicial Science) iv. Nyaya-Vidya (Faculty of Logic) and v). Adhunik-Vidya (Faculty of Modern subjects).

This institute run’s fifty Feeders Schools at the fifty monasteries, two Middle Schools and one High School in Ladakh. Besides teaching the Institute has undertaken project likes:- Encyclopedia of Himalayan Buddhist Culture, National Mission for Manuscripts, translations of Buddhist texts, publishes journals, student magazine, seminar proceedings and reprint of rare Buddhist texts. Its new campus has come up with impressive academic block, library, three Hostels for Lamas, Boys and Girls, Staff Quarters, Auditorium and conference halls, museum and play ground spread over thirty two acres of land. A year long program of the 50th anniversary of this Institute commences with inauguration of exhibition and release of a catalogue of Alchi at National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi, in January 2009. (jacket)

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