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Dalai Lama attends anniversary celebrations of Tibetan institute in northern India

STORY: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday (March 09) attended the 21st anniversary celebrations of a cultural institute in Dharamsala town of India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state.

The Dalai Lama was present as the chief guest at the anniversary celebrations of Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute, an establishment dedicated to preserving Tibetan art and culture.

Tibetan Prime Minister in-Exile, Lobsang Sangay said the institute has made major contributions towards preserving the Tibetan culture under the leadership of the Dalai Lama.

“Today we are celebrating the 21st year of the founding of Norbulingka institute. Under the leadership of his holiness the Dalai Lama Norbulingka institute has made major contribution in preserving our culture, specially that we see in the Tibetan tradition about Thangka painting, sculpting, statue making. So it has a major contribution, so today is a day of celebration,” said Sangay.

Several students graduating from the institute were also conferred with awards and certificates at the event.

An exhibition on traditional Thangka (a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk appliqué depicting deities or Buddhist principles) paintings was also on display at the event, which attracted several visitors.

The paintings are considered to be religious objects and an expression of Buddhist ideals.

Founded in 1988, the Norbulingka Institute was named after the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. It has been dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture in literary and artistic forms.

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