The Dalai Lama to attend Jaipur Literature Festival

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This year the Nobel Peace Prize laureate his Holiness the Dalai Lama will honour the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with his presence. “Literature has played a major role in my life,” the spiritual leader said. “Since childhood, reading has been of great importance to me and I am often reminded of the immense kindness of the scholars of the past who translated a vast array of Buddhist literature into Tibetan. I look forward to attending the Jaipur Literature Festival and meeting people writing and reading today.” The Festival is scheduled to take place from 24th to 28th January 2013 at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

The Dalai Lama’s visit would be a prelude to discussions and readings on the theme ‘The Buddha in Literature’.  Today Buddhism is a way of life for many people around the world. The internal journey of awakening and personal evolution is mirrored in the literature, art and cultural practice of Buddhism. Our sessions on ‘The Buddha in Literature’ are a tribute to the way of seeing and knowing taught by the Buddha.”

Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said, “I am thrilled by the extraordinary programme on the Buddha and literature put together by my colleague, Namita Gokhale. At Jaipur we have a long tradition of studying the confluence of the two great streams of Indian literature and spirituality. Up to now, we have concentrated on the Sufi and Bhakti traditions; now we have the pleasure of wandering through the rich pastures of Buddhist literature. The presence of the Dalai Lama is a particular honour for the festival and a delight for me personally.”

The mornings at Diggi Palace will witness Buddhist devotional songs by Chukie Tethong and Tenzin Norbu, chants by the DrepungLoseling monks and hymns by Ani Choying.

To know more about JLF 2013, visit this website jaipurliteraturefestival.org.

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