Tibet Culture Week in Thailand
2003-12-12 20:53:27      CRIENGLISH.com
2003 China Tibet Culture Week opened in Bangkok on December 5. With an exciting variety of activities, it is designed to present an overall picture of Tibetan culture to the people of Thailand. This is the first time for China to hold such a comprehensive cultural event featuring Tibetan culture in an Asian country.

Located on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Tibet was for centuries isolated from the outside world due to its geography, climate and the resulting difficulties of access. The Tibet Culture Week will undoubtedly help foreigners gain a better understanding of the 'roof of the world' and its people.

Tibetologists°™Let the World Know More about Tibet

During the Tibet Culture Week, people might have paid most attention to the performers and the living Buddhas. But the delegation also had two highly respected scholars who deserve an introduction. Both of them are famous Tibetologists.
Tibetology is the comprehensive study of various aspects of Tibet, including Tibetan history, religion, culture, economy, politics and society.

Over 50 Tibetology research institutes have been set up in Tibet and other parts of China. In 1986, the China Tibetology Research Center was established in Beijing. These institutes have undertaken many important research projects, such as the economic and social development strategy of Tibet, a concise history of Tibet, collation and research of Sanskrit Pattra-leaf scriptures, and the origin of the Tibetan Buddhism and its different schools. Two of the most prominent scholars are professors Tubdan and Chen Qingying. Let's go to meet them.

Phagpa is a very important figure in the history of Tibet: he served as a consultant to Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty, and made a great contribution to cultural and economic communication between the Han, Tibetan and Mongolian ethnic groups. After he went back to Tibet, Phagpa invented a new script for the Mongolian language and established the administrative division in Tibet. Moreover, he was also the founder of the Sakya School of the Tibetan Buddhism. Clearly, Phagpa was a very important figure in Tibetan politics, culture and religion, yet there are only some 300 characters in the Tibetan historical records that refer to him. How to let people learn more about him? Who could carry out such a tough task? Tibetologist Chen Qingying is the right person.

62-year-old Chen Qingying is the Director of the History Research Institute under the China Tibetology Research Center. For years, he has been studying and translating Tibetan historical records and documents.

He is a Han Chinese, but Prof. Chen is fluent in Tibetan, and even some local dialects. He has been deeply interested in Tibet and its people for decades, and has made great achievements in this field. As we mentioned above, Phagpa, an advisor to Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty, is one of the most important subjects of Chen Qingying's research. Meticulously studying piles of records and documents, this scholar has done all possible to discover every clue relevant to the life of this historic figure.


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