In collaboration with the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture, the Aspen Institute presented a three-day Celebration of Tibetan Culture at in Aspen, Colorado. This celebration — featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the keynote speaker — brought together an extraordinary number of eminent scholars, teachers, practitioners and tradition-bearers from around the globe to shed light on the rich historical and philosophical significance of Tibet and its impact on global issues today.
At the heart of the celebration was a special symposium embracing Tibetan and Himalayan art, culture, science, medicine, spiritual practice, and history, included panel discussions, presentations, and breakout sessions on Tibet’s unique Buddhist heritage, happiness and Buddhist meditation, the meaning and significance of the mandala in Tibetan culture, life and death as viewed through the Tibetan lens, and the riches of Tibetan poetry.
The celebration concluded with a public talk on global responsibility and leadership by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before an audience of 4,000 at the Benedick Music Tent.
The week-long celebration also featured demonstrations of ancient Tibetan and Himalayan arts by tradition-bearers — including monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery who constructed an elaborate sand mandala on campus, and Tibetan artist Sonam Dhargye who used traditional Tibetan Buddhist methods to create sculptures made out of colorful yak butter.