Tabo: Rich Site of Buddhism in the poor Western Himalaya
Multimedia Show by Peter van Ham
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The Tabo monastery in the Spiti Region (Himachal Pradesh/Northern India) is one of the oldest still preserved temple complexes of the whole area of Tibetan culture, founded in 996. Simple buildings out of clay were university and centre of the movement for the so called 'second propagation of Buddhism in Tibet' by the great translator Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo and the Indian master Atisha.
The presentation describes a curve from a visualisation of the Vajradhatu-Mandala and its artistic realisation in the main temple of Tabo which is also comprehensible for a layperson, via the live and work of Rinchen Zangpo, the founder of the monastery, to the Spiti region and its population. The importance of Tabo monastery today, which was chosen by H.H. the Dalai Lama as preferred old-age residence, will be discussed as well.
Peter van Ham, author and producer of visual and acoustic media from Frankfurt/Main, has published books on Tabo monastery and the Spiti region and the neighbouring areas of the Western Himalaya and has advised an arte/ZDF film production.
- Date: Tuesday 24 July 2007, 8 p.m. (20:00)
- Location: University of Hamburg, Main Building, Edmund Siemers Allee 1, Room ESA B
- Admission: € 10,--