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- An Exhibition of
The Dalai Lama
When so much of the Tibetan
cultural heritage has been destroyed in its own land, related works of
art are being preserved and created anew elsewhere in the Himalayan
region. These Buddhist paintings are an expression of an ancient
civilization. I am therefore very happy to know that the Central
Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh, Ladakh is organizing a series of
Thanka exhibitions in New Delhi, Samath (U.P.) and Hyderabad (A.P.).
Buddhists of the Himalayan region regard most of these artifacts as
sacred. They represent various aspects of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
All of them are a source of inspiration.
of this kind of art has long been the preserve of experts. However, I
trust that people visiting these series of exhibitions and reading the
catalogues will come to a better understanding of the Buddhism of the
Himalayas and a greater appreciation of its timeless values.
by Kumar Sanjay Jha
Copyright © Central Institute of Buddhist
Studies, Choglamsar, Leh, Ladakh, 2001