Saturday, October 28, 2006

Buddhist philosophy online

Gone are the days when the attendance at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives used to overflow up to the corridors, with students sitting, standing or squatting on the floor to the stairs. Now, in addition to about 100 foreigners here who regularly attend the daily two classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice, hundreds more can join online.

The live web cast of the second class has already begun on or

The library offers two, hour-long classes, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in which highly qualified lamas teach courses focused on Indian and Tibetan texts or on specific topics of Buddhist philosophy and practice, with instant English translation.

The site also features an archive of previous recordings, along with books published by the library.

“The main objective of this website is to make the vast resources of the library accessible to the growing number of Tibetans and non-Tibetans who rely on Internet for information about Tibet and Tibetan studies,” said Geshe Lhakdor, a director of the library. — IANS