The past couple of days have found the Dalai Lama in Sarnath, India — where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. There, he’d talked so far of fostering world peace (leading a special prayer), and the importance of preserving the environment, especially in the Himalayan region.
Today, as reported by The Times of India, his focus was on cultural preservation, and on science. Addressing the attendees of the Buddhism and Science at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies confence, he said: “If we want to live in peace we have to follow the rule of co-existence,” he said adding, “We are here to discuss Buddhism and Science. I wish that the conference should not merely be an affair of paper presentation but meaningful deliberations how to stop and eliminate the man made unnecessary problems.”
He also dedicated the new name of what was formerly The Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies (CIHTS), now known as the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS). One of CUTS’ primary objectives, of course, is to preserve Tibetan culture and tradition — an objective quite obviously dear to His Holiness’s heart.
And, to ours. This objective is behind so much of what we and Wisdom do, most notably in the publication of the monumental Library of Tibetan Classics series, about which His Holiness has said:
“When completed, The Library of Tibetan Classics will represent a comprehensive reference library of the most important Tibetan classics embracing the entire spectrum of Tibetan thought and artistic traditions. Such a series will make Tibet’s classical thought truly a world heritage, an intellectual and spiritual resource open to all.”
We hope you’ll investigate the series, and see for yourself just how priceless, rich, and vital classical Tibetan art and culture remain. To see all our Library of Tibetan Classics volumes, just click here. And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for our Library newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all new releases and developments.