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Voices from the Roof of the World: A Panel on Tibetan Culture, History & Religion 

DESCRIPTION: Scholars and Topics: Dramdul (Zheng Dui): Modern Tibetan Buddhism Studies in China - In his talk Tibetan Buddhism, he will present us with knowledge about the formation, advancement, main sects and current situation of Tibetan Buddhism studies. Nanjia Cairen: Leru Festival -- Communication between the Mountain God and Local People - His talk is about the local traditional Leru festival in his hometown: the origin of this festival, the relation between mountain god and local people, main activities during the festival, and the meanings of the festival. Wang Xiaobin: The Evolution of the Dalai Lama's Political Status since 1950 - In his talk, he will discuss the relationship between the central govenment and the 14th Dalai Lama. With results from years of in-depth research and analysis, he will present the changes of the attitudes of the 14th Dalai Lama toward the central government. Sanding Cairang: The First Tibetan Buddhist Mani Stones of the World - Yulshul Sengse Gyanag Mani Stone - In his talk, he is going to present us a picture about how Jiana Mani stones are widely applied in his hometown and what the techniques are to produce the stones. In addition, he will demonstrate how some religious sorcerer dances are connected with the Jiana Mani Stones. Ms. Huang Wenjuan will provide interpretation from Mandarin to English  
DATE: Tuesday, October27, 2009
TIME: 12:30pm to 2:00pm 
LOCATION: 133 NE (New Ingersoll) 
CONTACT: Please contact Shuming Lu at ( or Andy Meyer at with any questions about the event. 
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