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International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties

Post by Admin,Feb 03,2019.

A two-day international conference on 8th century Himalayan sage Guru Padmasambhava was held in New Delhi as a part of celebration of 50-years of formalization of diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan. 

  • The conference, organised by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and titled 'Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava', was held on January 29-30. 
  • Scholars from both countries discussed the Guru who was born in India and moved towards Bhutan in the 8th century to spread Buddhism and Buddhist teachings all across the Himalayan region.

Guru Padmasambhava

  • Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent.
  • He helped the construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye, at the behest of Trisong Detsen.
  • He is widely venerated as a "second Buddha" by adherents of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, the Himalayan states of India, and elsewhere.
  • In Tibetan Buddhism, he is a character of a genre of literature called terma,an emanation of Amit?bha that is said to appear to tertöns in visionary encounters and a focus of guru yoga practice, particularly in the Rimé schools.
  • The Nyingma school considers Padmasambhava to be a founder of their tradition.
  • Thangka paintings, sculptures and photographs portrayed the life and teachings of the Guru.