Since the 10th Century, Buddhism has flourished in Ladakh – a vast and beautiful desert territory, high in the North-Western Indian Himalayas. Ever since then, it has been a custom for families to have a daughter renouncing her family ties to become a Buddhist nun. In 1996, The Ladakhi Nun Association was founded with the objective of providing these nuns opportunities to obtain higher education in Buddhist Philosophy and AMCHI (traditional medicine) studies. These ordained women contribute greatly to the preservation of spiritual life and to the highest value of society.
Maitreya School is a free school benefiting impoverished children from Bodhgaya and neighbouring villages. The school gives children from Bihar a valuable opportunity to be integrated into the mainstream. Not only do they have the chance to acquire a traditional education but, importantly, they receive Buddhist life skills of compassion, honesty and loving-kindness to make lives meaningful.Sutras to be performed: The Heart Sutra Among the most famous of all the Buddhist scriptures, the Heart Sutra reveals the truth of emptiness through a short exchange between two of the Buddha’s most illustrious disciples, Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra. The brevity and profound nature of the Heart Sutra have made its recitation popular as an effective means for dispelling obstacles to spiritual practice. Praises to the Twenty-One Taras Tara embodies the enlightened activities of all the Buddhas. Praying to and relying on Tara brings quick results for whatever we wish, from the concerns of this life to the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. The praises to the twenty-one Taras through these twenty-one verses of homage express the different qualities of her holy body, speech and mind.
Apirat Sugondhabhirom is Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi. He has been a diplomat for 30 years. He took up his position in New Delhi a year and a half ago and is still learning with fascination about this great country (India) and her civilisation. He is a Buddhist, who in 2009 was ordained as a monk for one month under a senior Buddhist master, now His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. His love of literature and reading led him to try his hand as a writer and translator, with some short stories and articles published in Thai magazines. He speaks Thai and English with some knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Bahasa Indonesia, and is now trying to learn Hindi.
At Bodhi Parva, Mr Apirat Sugondhabhirom, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Thai Embassy will be accompanied by Sukriti Sen and Sanat Chakrabarty for the recitation of two poems by Thakur Rabindranath Tagore.More
Sukriti’s mellifluous voice appears to invoke divinity through her large repertoire of devotional songs and slokas. Sukriti started her first lessons in music under the guidance of Miss Krishna Dasgupta. She started learning Hindustani vocal music from Mrs. Shikha Ganguli in 1983. She has also had the privilege of learning from Late Shri. Vinay Chandra Mudgal and Late Shri Vinod Kumar Mudgal. At present, she is under the guidance of Pt. Madhup Mudgal.The Poem "TO SIAM" by Rabindranath Tagore
Exactly 90 years ago, from 8-16 October 1927 Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore visited Thailand, then Siam, and was welcomed in audience with HM King Rama VII, the Great-Uncle of the present Thai King. He was so impressed by Siam that he wrote two poems on Thailand: 'To Siam' on his arrival, and 'Farewell to Siam’ at his departure, both in Bengali and English. ‘To Siam’, which will be recited during the Bodhi Parva Buddhist Festival, was first read out in the royal presence of the King and Queen of Siam at Dusit Palace on 13 October 1927.
In the poem, Tagore appreciated the fact that Siam has so well preserved and nurtured the cultural legacy from India, most importantly Buddhism, while in the land of its origin during his lifetime Buddhism appeared to him to be on the decline. He went to Siam to cherish his own ancient and glorious culture, kept alive and in full bloom in a land so far away.
Vocal Rasta means the road of the voices. These are fifteen singers, without instruments, from New Delhi, conducted by Antoine Redon. More than listening to their music, they invite you to melt, dissolve, heal yourselves through their voices and songs, to transform your perception of reality. With songs from African and Gypsy lands, they will guide you to Freedom. They have performed over 30 shows, including the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Sounds of Freedom Music Festival, Contemporary Arts Week, the closing of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and the India-Africa Summit at Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Sacred in Pushkar.
They sing a popular rendition of songs including, “Ederlezy” by Goran Bregovic, "Abantwana Basethempeleni (Children of the Temple)", an arrangement of “King of the Swingers” from Jungle Book by Disney, as well as original compositions. They perform in English, Hindi, Swahili (South Africa), Kurdish, Slave and Spanish.