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As
Taiwan plays a vital role in the global ICT industry, it has been regarded as
“a high-tech island” in the world. Besides, with the help of numerous Tibetan
Buddhist followers and locals enthusiastic about Tibetan culture, the Tibetan
religion, art, and culture have been developed and thrived on this island,
thus creating an enormous religious power which not only purifies people’s
minds, but engages in a positive conversation on self-reflection and
self-improvement with modern civilization in pursuit of technological
innovation.

The 2016 Tibetan Culture and Art Festival held by the Mongolian
and Tibetan Affairs Commission (MTAC) offers a great opportunity for us to
personally experience a special way of life that integrates the ancient
culture into modern technology.Following the 2015 Tibetan Culture and Art
Festival, the MTAC would consecutively hold the 2016 Tibetan Culture and Art
Festival in Taiwan with a great chance in a life time to experience and
appreciate the Tibetan Buddhist prayer for peace and harmony, Buddhist
chants, and Tibetan precious cultural relics. It is our earnest hope that all
of you could join with us and enjoy the wonderful events, thereby having a
better understanding of Tibetan Buddhist and culture.Tibetan Buddhist Prayer
for World Peace and HarmonyDate: April 30, 2016 at 09:00 (Saturday)Venue:
Expo Hall, Taipei Expo ParkAddress: Yumen Street, No. 1, Zhongshan District,
Taipei, TaiwanTibetan Buddhist Prayer for World Peace and HarmonyBuddhism is
one of the major religious traditions in Taiwan. As Taiwan society is free
and open, Tibetan Buddhism is gradually flourishing in Taiwan since the
1980s. With the establishment of large numbers of Buddhist organizations and
Dharma centers of the various sects of Tibetan Buddhism, over more than a
thousand Tibetan monks from mainland China or overseas are being invited
annually to give religious teachings or to engage in educational and cultural
events, thereby fully demonstrating the vitality of Tibetan Buddhism in the
Taiwan society.Taiwan has become one of the important places for Tibetan
Buddhism in the world. In order to promote the positive development of
Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan, the MTAC is going to organize a Tibetan Buddhist
ceremony joined by the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism—Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu,
and Gelug—to do a prayer Pūja. Following H.E. Gangteng Rinpoche of Nyingma in
2015, an eminent Rinpoche of Kagyu would lead the prayer of this year. We
hope people from all over places can participate in, appreciating this unique
religious event.Tibetan Religious Dance – Cham“Cham,” as called in Tibetan,
is a religious dance performed by monks in Tibetan monasteries to eliminate
bad karma, featuring in its long historical tradition and significant dancing
scenes. It was invented in Tibet by the Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava,
who was invited by King Trisong Detsen in mid 8th century. It originated from
Indian tantric mask dance, combined with Tibetan indigenous Bonpo tradition
and folk styles. Undergone the revisions by several Tibetan Buddhist masters,
it has gradually transformed into a unique series of Tibetan religious
dances. With different religious instruments holding in hands, most of the
dancers wear special masks, decorations, and hats while performing. Together
with the majestic tune performed by monks, it creates an extraordinary
religious atmosphere.Tibetan Buddhist Chants by Ani Choying DolmaDate: July
19, 2016 at 19:30 (Tuesday)Venue: Auditorium of National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen
Memorial HallAddress: Jen Ai Road, Sec. 4, No. 505, Xinyi District, Taipei,
TaiwanBuddhist Chants by Ani Choying DolmaAni Choying Dolma, a Tibetan
Buddhist nun born in Nepal in 1971, is renowned for her beautiful Buddhist
chanting. At the age of 13, she joined Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery in the
foothills of the Himalayas. Her education and spiritual training was
supervised by the great meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was
well-versed in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies, also
mastering in Tibetan, English, Nepali, and Hindi. Her chanting voice is
peaceful and pleasant-sounding, conveying the harmony of Dharma with its
purity; she quickly advanced to the position of the chanting master in the
nunnery. She acquired the recognition worldwide and her voice touches the
hearts of every soul. In addition to traveling the world, performing, and
teaching, as the founder of the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation of Nepal and Arya
Tara School, she is committed to establishing schools and improving female education
in Nepal. Her compassionate soul is as beautiful as her voice.In
collaboration with U-Theatre, a famous art-performing group in Taiwan, the
Buddhist chants made by Ani Choying Dolma are going to combine both classical
and modern performing styles, providing the audience with unforgettable
sensory experiences at all times.Oṃ Ma Ni Pad Me Hūṃ - The Collection of
Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Relics of the National Palace MuseumDates:
2016/05/03~2016/7/31; 2016/08/06~2016/11/06Gallery: Exhibition Area I 103,
104The National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei is considered one of the top
ten famous museums in the world. The collection of cultural artifacts held
inside the NPM consists of an enormous treasure trove of objects from the
Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Tibetan Buddhist cultural relics to
be displayed in the exhibition are all from NPM’s own collection, some of
which are even making its debut.Oṃ Ma Ni Pad Me Hūṃ, the six-syllable mantra
of Avalokiteśvara, is the most well-known religious mantra in Tibetan
Buddhism, being recited by almost every Tibetan. Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese
Buddhism are the two main Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions existing today. The
religious characteristics of Tibetan Buddhism are the Tantric Buddhist
practices and Madhyāmika point of view. They also adopted some features from
the indigenous Bon religion, thus forming the unique style of Tibetan
Buddhist culture.The NPM holds a unique collection of Tibetan Buddhist art
crafts. The exhibition will display the famous Kangxi Kangyur, the Tibetan
Manuscript Buddhist Canon being made by the order of Kangxi Emperor as the
main feature, with other Buddhist texts, paintings, instruments, and bronze
statues. It is divided into five parts: 1. the wrapping and binding materials
from the Kangxi Kangyur. 2. the actual textual contents of the Kangxi
Kangyur. 3. Chinese, Manchu, and Mongolian Buddhist texts related with
Tibetan Buddhism. 4. Chinese Buddhist texts containing Tibetan Buddhist
mantras. 5. The Buddhist miniatures on the protecting planks from the Kangxi
Kangyur, with bronze statues, dharma instruments, and paintings, which will
be displayed by the five categories of Buddhist deities.Lectures on Mongolian
and Tibetan CulturesDate: Every Saturday of May-July, 2016Venue: Mongolian
and Tibetan Cultural CenterAddress: Chingtien Street, Lane 8, No. 3, Daan
District, Taipei, TaiwanLectures on Mongolian and Tibetan CulturesIt is
believed that there are four living Buddhas in the Gelug of Tibetan
Buddhism—Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Changkya Khutuktu, and Jebtsudamba
Khutuktu. The 7th re-incarnation of Changkya Khutuktu had spent many years
spreading Dharma in Taiwan, and his dwelling place is located at the
Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Center in Taipei. For those, who would like to
understand the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the relationship between Changkya
Khutuktu and Dalai Lama, and the connection between Changkya Khutuktu and
Taiwan, are welcome to participate in the lectures on Monglian and Tibetan
Cultures.
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