Tibet: Religion and Way of Life by Krisadawan Hongladarom
The rich and profound cultural and religious traditions of Tibet have continued to fascinate people from the outside ever since the first Westerners had a brief glimpse of this forbidden land centuries ago. Nowadays, this fascination has grown much stronger due to the exile of Tibetan communities and spread of the unique religious traditions worldwide. The talk will focus on introducing this rich tradition to the lay public who may have heard about Tibet but would like to know more about this uniquely fascinating culture and distinctive form of Buddhism.
Associate Professor Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom obtained her doctoral degree in linguistics at Indiana University where she also studied Tibetan language, history and culture. She taught linguistics at Chulalongkorn University in 1993 – 2007, during which time she conducted numerous research projects on Tibetan language and culture. These project were funded by Thailand Research Fund and Asian Scholarship Foundation. Through the ASF grants, she went to do research in eastern Tibet and Beijing for 9 months in 2001, and then in 2002 she went on to conduct further research at the Michael Aris Center for Tibetan Studies, University of Oxford, England for 5 months. Later that year she was invited by the office of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon to accompany the Princess on her trip to China and Tibet. At present Dr. Krisadawan is President of the Thousand Stars Foundation, an NGO in Thailand that preserves Tibetan cultural heritage. Her main project is to build the Tara Great Stupa for Peace and Harmony, the first Vajrayana Stupa in Thailand.
Date: 18 November 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21
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