Issue #12 April 2017
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The incredible murals of a Tsaparang, one of the "Lost Cities" of Central Asia, are housed in two prominent temples :the Marpo Lhakang (Red Temple) and the Karpo Lhakang (White Temple). Both temples contain Buddhist religious murals depicting figures such as Buddhas, complex deities and famous teachers. Tsaparang, located in West Tibet, was the name of the capital of the ancient Guge Kingdom. It is likely that the area gained prominence in the 9th century during the dissolution of the central Tibetan kingdom. The town consists of a large fortress on top of a hill, partially standing, and the village located below. The influence of the Guge Kingdom, particularly the monastic center of Tholing, was felt from Kashmir to Assam...

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"The world also has a considerable number of people who don't believe in religion and like the believers, they too want happiness. So, it is very important to respect each other and practice warm-heartedness and morality, which are sources of happiness and peace of mind". 
- His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
Purang-Guge kingdom (Tibetan: པུ་ཧྲངས་གུ་གེ་) was a small Western Himalayan kingdom established by Chogyal Yeshe-Ö in AD 967, with Tholing as the capital. Under his reign, Tholing became an important centre for Indian scholars to visit and spread Buddhist religion and culture. Before that, at the initiative of the King, specially chosen batch of 21 young and bright students from the monastery were sent to India and Kashmir to be trained in Buddhism and to translate Sanskrit texts on religion and the Tibetan language and to study at Vikramashila. Unfortunately 19 of them could not survive the climate, snake bites and diseases and only two monks, Rinchen Zangpo and Lekpai Sherap, survived.

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Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
H. H. the Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Creation of sand mandala, Tibet House US September 11, 2014

Did you know...

In Tibetan culture, the snow lion stands for fearlessness and positivity in the face of obstacles. In February 1913, the  13th Dalai Lama declared independence from China and the new national flag was adopted featuring two snow lions. In 1959, and in exile,  the 14th Dalai Lama standardized national symbols such as the Lhasa dialect of Tibetan, a national anthem, and the flag, with a mountain representing Tibet, and two snow lions symbolizing the unification of spiritual and secular life holding up the three jewels of the buddha, dharma and the sangha. 

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