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Relevance of the Nalanda tradition to the contemporary world

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Reimagining Doeguling Tibetan Settlement (RDTS) Vision

Make Doeguling, Mundgod in Karnataka State (India) the primary place to study the Nalanda tradition and the Tibetan culture for many generations.


This effort is led by the Doeguling community to realize the goals of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to preserve the Nalanda Tradition and to economically revitalize the Doeguling community. In addition, in the process our plan is to improve the livelihood of the surrounding areas and further strengthen Karnataka state’s motto – One State, Many Worlds.

Doeguling’s competitive edge

Doeguling is in a unique position to achieve its vision for the following reasons: (i) Doeguling is home to two of the three largest Tibetan Gelugpa monasteries - Ganden and Drepung - besides it also hosts the equally important Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya monasteries; (ii) the settlement is easily accessible by air, rail and road; (iii) it is spread over 4000 acres of land allowing flexibility for expansion; (iv) approximately 16,000 community members who care about their culture; (v) it is supported by an international group of (resourceful, experienced and dedicated) advisors and volunteers; and (vi) the effort is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, CTA and the Karnataka Tourism ministry.

This effort is led by the Doeguling community to realize the goals of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to preserve the Nalanda Tradition and to economically revitalize the Doeguling community. In addition, in the process the plan is to improve the livelihood of the surrounding areas and further strengthen Karnataka state’s motto – One State, Many Worlds.

RDTS Leadership

RDTS Executive Committee (EC) represents all the key organizations within the community to provide strategic direction. All the abbots and key community leaders within Doeguling are part of the EC. CTA appointed Settlement Officer serves as the EC Chair.

RDTS Managing Committee (MC) comprises of local experts that work on implementing this effort along with three full-time hired staff. Currently the Tibetan Coop. (Nyamdel) Chair serves as the MC Chair.

RDTS Advisory Board and Volunteers comprises of an international group of (resourceful, experienced and dedicated) individuals to advise and support EC and MC.

Mundgod Kyiduk comprises of former Doeguling residents living in New York and New Jersey with over 150 members. Mundgod Kyiduk looks to provide technical, emotional and financial support to EC /MC members and Doeguling community at large to help realize the vision.

The Doeguling Story

Ancient India has given rise to some of the greatest philosophical traditions and learning centers that the world has ever seen. The oldest and perhaps most famous of these is Nalanda, a university where an ecumenical approach to knowledge enabled the profound philosophical traditions of Buddhism to flourish from the fifth century CE to 1200 CE.

Prior to the total destruction of Nalanda in 1200 CE, few of the great scholars from Nalanda were able to teach in Tibet such as Padmasambhava (master of Tantric Buddhism) and Shantarakshita (founder of the first monastic order in Tibet). The Nalanda masters were instrumental in transforming Tibet from a warring state to a land where the national resources were spent on researching the human mind and promoting peace.

In 1959 as a result of China's invasion of Tibet the monasteries of Ganden and Drepung were reestablished at Doeguling, Mundgod in the Indian state of Karnataka. The name Doeguling was given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is translated as "wish-fulfilling place." Doeguling was established in 1966, shortly after the Tibetan diaspora began in 1959.

Doeguling is home to approximately 16,000 Tibetans and students of the Nalanda tradition. It is considered the largest settlement of Tibetan refugees in India. Under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, CTA and the Indian government, Doeguling has been successful in

preserving these precious cultural assets and spiritual practices that are dedicated to discovering the true nature of self, reality, and happiness.

Doeguling today struggles to meet the challenges of economic development, water resource limitation and health challenges. Some of the best young minds are leaving Doeguling for better jobs in urban India or abroad. Bad infrastructure makes travel into and out of the settlement difficult. Erratic power and water supply disrupt daily commerce and make day-to-day life challenging for the majority farming community. There are also few livelihood opportunities for young people.

This is what RDTS is determined to change.

We recognize that through a bottom-up approach driven by a common vision fueled by compassion, wisdom and effort we will be able to realize and sustain our vision. RDTS hopes in the process to rebrand Doeguling from a poor dying Tibetan refugee settlement to a vibrant educational center based on compassion and reasoning with a history dating back to the ancient Nalanda University in the fifth century.




Speakers and Topics

Opening Remarks: Tsewang Namgyal
Coordinating Speakers: Rajeev S. Kapoor and Chime Lhamu

Topic: The Relevance of the Nalanda Tradition to the Contemporary World
Remarks: Joe Wood

Topic: History of the Nalanda Tradition
Remarks: Professor Jongbok Yi

Topic: The Impact of the Nalanda Tradition in Transforming the Scientific and Mental Health Community
Remarks: Peggy Neu and Dr. Indira Kairam

Topic: The Impact of the Nalanda Tradition on their Lives, and their Contribution to the Reimaging Doeguling Efforts
Remarks: Helen Park, Ngawang Tsetan and Nav Garodia

Topic: Life in Doeguling: A Resident’s Perspective
Remarks: Lobsang Chodak




Food & Drinks Sponsor: Lisette Cooper

Food & Drinks

Menu:
- Vegetarian Momos
- Chicken Momos
- Red & White Wine

Cultural Performance

- Tibetan chanting and songs

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Saturday, November 11, 4-7PM

4-4:30 pm - reception and networking
4:30 - 7 pm panel discussion and Tibetan cultural performance.

$50 per person (no member discount)


For more information, contact:

Ngawang Tsetan
tsetann@umich.edu
Tel: 347 610 4292 or 646 554 4546



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