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Atisa’s role in bridging Himalayan Buddhist tradition, Tibetan and Indian wisdom tradition
one day live webinar and closing ceremony of online certificate course


Dharamshala,August 01 (Scoop News)-A one day online webinar on “Atisa’s Role In Bridging Himalayan Buddhist Tradition, Tibetan And Indian Wisdom Tradition” was conducted by Flowering Dharma on Zoom and broadcasted on Facebook page of Flowering Dharma on 1st August 2020, as Geshe Lhakdor, Director, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala.
Geshe Lhakdor la has served as the the English translator for His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, from 1989 to 2005 and has co-translated and co-produced several books by the Dalai Lama. As Director of the LTWA in Dharamsala, Geshe la also facilitates the Science for Monks program and shares his own expertise as a scholar of science and philosophy.

During the webinar, Geshe la shared the life and works of Atisa who is popularly known and revered as Atiśa Dīpankara Śrījñāna (982–1054), Buddhist master from ancient Bengal who travelled to Sumatra to study Buddhism and served as the Abbot of Vikramshila in ancient India. He later to travelled to Tibet on the request of the Tibetan King and stayed for almost 17 years teaching Buddhism. He and his students are credited as the founder of the Kadampa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He has made great impact in refining, systematizing and compiling an innovative and thorough approach to Bodhicitta and Mind Training in text such as “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” and establishing the primacy of Bodhicitta in the Mahayana Tradition.


Later 12 participants from across India and beyond including Ladakh, Delhi, Darjeeling and Sri Lanka joined for the Q&A session.

The webinar was also the Closing Ceremony of the “30 Questions on Philosophy Online Certificate Course” conducted by Flowering Dharma in the month of May-June, 2020. Specially focusing on the students and youths who found themselves isolated and stressed in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. More than 500 participants from different parts of the world enrolled for the certificate course and 105 students qualified for the certification.

On the Facebook Page of Flowering Dharma the webinar garnered huge response and reached more than 27,000 people and has more than 9000 views. The entire talk is available on the Facebook page of Flowering Dharma and open for viewing.
teaching Buddhism. He and his students are credited as the founder of the Kadampa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He has made great impact in refining, systematizing and compiling an innovative and thorough approach to Bodhicitta and Mind Training in text such as “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” and establishing the primacy of Bodhicitta in the Mahayana Tradition.



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