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The International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 2012
The 2nd International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 2013 16th to 18th September, 2013

In continuation of MIMC’s successful ethico-spiritual programs of International Yoga & Meditation Festival  of 2011 and the International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 2012 as part of Ladakh Festival, which was organized in collaboration with the Nava Nalanda Maha Vihara, a deemed University based in Nalanda, Bihar and Ministry Tourism, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir which was the first ever International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh in Leh-Ladakh in September, 2012. The Festival was inaugurated by the Honourable Governor of Bihar, His Excellency Shri Devanand Konwar wherein a galaxy of eminent delegates from Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Thailand had participated with much fervour and enthusiasm.

To commemorate this festival as an annual feature, MIMC in collaboration with Nav NalandaMaha Vihara has decided to organize the 2nd   International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh from 16th to  18th September 2013 as was unanimously resolved by the delegates in the 2012 festival. The festival will be one of its kind which will promote Ladakh’s rich ethnic and diverse heritage. Being the land of tranquility, an oasis of peace, harmony and cradle of Buddhism with nature’s blessings, the event has the potential to become a prestigious feature of international stature in the cultural calendar of the region as well as to promote Ladakh as a distinct tourist, cultural and spiritual destination of the globe.

Ladakh, as a land of Dhamma and custodian of Buddhist heritage, has been promoting cultural exchange with other nations that shared Buddhist heritage in both economic as well as cultural prospective since time immemorial by promoting spiritual tourism through the message of peace, harmony and compassion. In the spirit of our efforts, we wish to share and be a partner in presenting our rich repository of knowledge and traditions to promote an international understanding of India in general and Ladakh in particular.

The Schedule for the International Festival of Buddhist
Heritage of Ladakh 2013:

15th September 2013: Sunday

  • Arrival of Guests and rest for acclimatization
  • Evening Registration

16th September 2013: Monday

  • Inauguration of the International Festival of Buddhist Heritage 2013
  • Meditation and Yoga Festival
  • Inauguration of the International Buddhist Film Festival and screening
  • Optional Cultural Heritage Tour to famous ancient Buddhist Monasteries

17th September 2013: Tuesday

  • Meditation and Yoga
  • Buddhist Film Festival
  • Seminar on contemporary topic of Buddhism
  • Optional Cultural Heritage Tour to famous ancient Buddhist Monasteries

18th September 2013: Wednesday

  • Valedictory & Closing Ceremony
  • Optional tour to visit Monasteries and sightseeing on request can be arranged after the festival.

festival-ladakhMahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh, Ladakh, along with Nav Nalanda Maha Vihar, a deemed University based in Nalanda, Bihar the ancient cradle of knowledge and Asoka Mission, a premier Buddhist institution based in New Delhi, come together to bring an International Festival of Yoga, Meditation, Heritage, Culture, Talks, Art and Cinema in Leh, Ladakh from 3-9 September 2012. The objective of the festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diverse ethnic culture of different parts and tribal communities of Ladakh, its ancient and vibrant Buddhist heritage, art and philosophy of Buddhism with the help of talks by eminent masters and scholars, seminar, ethnic exposition, films, cultural performances, photo exhibition, books, handicraft and culinary festival.

Ladakh is renowned world over for its unbroken ancient Buddhist heritage and this festival is being planned to coincide and partner the annual Ladakh Festival, organized every September by J&K Tourism Board. The International Festival of Yoga & Meditation held in September 2011 was path breaking in many aspects and attracted great participation and appreciation of both national and international visitors. By expanding the perimeters to include cultural and ethnic heritage, Buddhist teachings and philosophy as well as art and cinema

The social fabric of Ladakh has been the result of churning it went through for being at the cross roads of great civilisations of India, Central Asia, Tibet, Mongolia and beyond. The ancient Buddhist rock engravings, Mani walls monasteries, hermitage, Chorten spread all over the region tells the story of being the cradle of Buddhism through which the learned masters treaded the journey carrying the precious cargo of wisdom of triple gem along its ancient path to Tibet and far reaches of Mongolia and Russia. The festival truly aims at making the whole event a festive one where the tourists and the people attending can feel and enjoy the vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity ladakh offers.

As part of the festival a one day seminar on Tribal Communities of Ladakh and their Contribution in Preserving the Buddhist Cultural Heritage will be held at MIMC to be participated by eminent national and international scholars including those from Ladakh. To bring forth this ethnic vibrancy as well as promote cultural exchange with other nations with shared Buddhist heritage cultural performances every evening showcasing different ethnic communities by cultural tropes from various parts of Ladakh and international troupes from Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore will be the highlight of this festival.

Cinema is a very powerful medium that influence values and perceptions of the people either positively or negatively irrespective of age, race, religion and regions of the world. A festival of Buddhist Cinema is being held as part of the event wherein, each day there shall be screening of different films that shall showcase Buddhism its philosophy and universal human values through the cinematic experience followed by an interaction session of the audience with the film delegates like actors and director of the films. A bouquet of best of award winning feature films and documentaries by eminent masters of the craft will be screed during the 2 days of the festival.

To make this international festival a meaningful experience an exhibition of photographs by Shri Benoy Behl titled The Greatest Journey of Ideas: Spread of Buddhism will showcase a photographic journey of Buddhist art and heritage from 19 countries. Shri. Benoy Behl, is a renowned film maker, art-historian & photographer, who has taken over 35,000 photographs of Asian monuments and art heritage, made a hundred documentaries on art history; his exhibitions have been warmly received in 28 countries around the world.

Every year there is huge number of international tourist and members who come down from all across the globe at Mahabodhi international meditation, Ladakh to participate for yoga and meditation. It’s normally five days workshop and mind training schedule that takes place under the guidance of able gurus and monks who have mastered in yoga, meditation and Buddhist practices. Last year’s festival had attracted huge participation of international delegates and this year too Yoga and Meditation will be the main focus of the festival.

Free medical check up by Amchi, the traditional doctors, preparation of astro- charts, sale of medicines etc will held to promote understanding of this ancient art of holistic healing and cure.

Book exhibition is another prominent feature of this festival and Motilal Benarsidas, world’s foremost publishers of books and journals on Indology, spirituality, religion and philosophy has agreed to participate. Local publishers, libraries and writers will also be invited to participate.

A tour to various monasteries and cultural destinations in Ladakh has been arranged as part of the festival for visiting international and national delegates and participants to provide an insight in the rich living cultural heritage of the region.

This is an opportunity not to be missed in promoting Ladakh as value added branded quality tourist destination in South East Asia both for its geographic and natural beauty but also its rich ancient cultural heritage and diversity as well as Buddhist pilgrimage and knowledge destination. Thus an interactive session between the visiting dignitary, the Hon’ble Tourism Minister of J&K and representatives of local tourism industry has been planned.

     Links PDF files:
PDF Int’l Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh
PDF About Ladakh
PDF Festival Program
PDF Registration form for Individual
PDF Registration form for organization
PDF Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre
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