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Golden Jubilee Celebration of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

October 23, 2008

By Ashok Chaurasia
The Organiser (India)
October 22, 2008

Gene Smith, an American scholar and an authority on Buddhism in
Tibet, praised the glorious ancient Indian culture and Indo-Tibetan
cultural and religious relations.

Sikkim observed the five day long Golden Jubilee celebration of its
world famous the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Deorali, Gangtok
(capital of Sikkim) amidst the galaxy of world scholars assembled here.

While inaugurating the celebration H.E. the Governor of Sikkim Shri
Balmiki Prasad Singh said that the Institute is the landmark in
tracing the ancient relation and passage of transmission Buddhism
from India to Central Asia and to Tibet. Some of the manuscripts in
Sanskrit, is lost in its original form, but the Institute has able to
preserve some of them by keeping their Tibetan translations in the
library. Hence as far as Indo-Tibet relation is concerned the NIT has
a historic importance-he added.

"The Institute was accordingly envisaged as an all comprehensive
centre for the wisdom & material treasure of Buddhism in Tibetan
language", he said.

Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim in his speech informed
the public that his government approached UNESCO office to include
Dubdi Monastery, Khechiperi lake, Namchi Senior Madhyamik Vidyalaya,
Kabi Lunchok and NIT in the list of the World Heritage site. Giving
an account of flourishing monasteries in his regime he said that till
today there are 104 monasteries and 224 manilakhangs in comparison
with 84 monasteries and 174 manilakhangs during merger of Sikkim in
Indian Union.

Gene Smith, an American scholar and an authority on Buddhism in
Tibet, praised the glorious ancient Indian culture and Indo-Tibetan
cultural and religious relations.

On the auspicious occasion an International Conference was also held
on the theme Buddhist Himalaya: studies in Religion, History and
Culture. In the conference more than hundred scholars from 16
countries presented 70 academic papers on the matter. The Scholars
from Japan, Bhutan, Nepal, USA, European countries specially took part.

The NIT is a centre of convention of heritage, research and
publication and a forum for scholars and academician to interact and
meet and to understand the various aspects of Buddhism, in light of
great Indian Culture and Religion. The Museum and library of NIT
boasts of one of the largest collection of Tibetan works in the
world. It is a famous, national-international tourist spot too.

The foundation stone of the Institute laid by 14th Dalai Lama on 10th
of February 1957 and was inaugurated by the then Indian Prime
Minister Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru on 1st of October 1958 the land was
donated by Sir Tashi Namgyal, the then Chogyal (King) of Sikkim, in
view to strengthen the Indo-Tibetan bond of perpetual relationship of
culture, heritage and religion. Former Prime Minister Smt. Indira
Gandhi attained its grand Silver Jubilee celebration in 1983. Now the
institute is also playing a great role in preserving the vanishing
indigenous and Buddhist cultures in Sikkim, especially of Lepcha.
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