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Dalai Lama set to visit 2013 Jaipur Literature Festival

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is all set to participate at the prestigious DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 set to be held at Diggi Palace, Jaipur from January 24-28. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to present has own views on the theme ‘The Buddha in Literature’ that seeks to explore the teachings of Gautama Buddha as a way of seeing and knowing the world and humanity.

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The Co-Director of the festival Namita Gokhale elaborated the theme by stating that the discussions at the festival are likely to explore the impact of the cultural practice of Buddhism and the way that it is mirrored in literature and art throughout Asia. The Dalai Lama has said that he looks forward to attending the festival and sharing his insights about Buddhist and Tibetan literature with other preeminent writers, thinkers and audiences at the festival.

An avid reader himself, the spiritual leader has stressed that literature, especially the translations of Buddhists texts in his native language, has been immensely helpful to him in his spiritual journey right from his childhood days. At the festival, the Dalai Lama is expected to be a part of many discourses including ‘If You Meet the Buddha on the Road’ that would feature the likes of Nayanjot Lahiri, Ranjini Obeyesekere Siddiq Wahid, Karma Ura and Victor Chan.

Other notable discussions in the festival’s itinerary include ‘Women on the Path’ with panelists like Swati Chopra, Ani Choying, Kunzang Choden and Ranjini Obeyesekere; ‘The Aesthetics of Impermanence’ which will be a discourse by Benoy Behl; ‘Jataka Readings’ with poetry and prose readings by R. Sivapriya, Ranjini Obeyesekere and Gagan Gill; and ‘God as a Political Philosopher: Dalit Perspectives on Buddhism’ which will feature discussions by Kancha Ilaiah and Ajay Navaria. The annual festival will be enriched by the presence of cultural and social historians and eminent writers on Buddhism from India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

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