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International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties


Mains Paper 2: IR | India & its neighborhood- relations.

From the UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Guru Padmasambhava, Thangka Paintings

Mains level: India-Bhutan cultural relations


About the Conference

  • Celebrating 50-years of formalization of diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan, a two-day international conference on 8th century Himalayan sage Guru Padmasambhava was held in New Delhi.
  • The conference, organised by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and titled ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava’, was held.

Guru Padmasambhava

  1. Guru Padmasambhava was born in India and has visited Bhutan two times.
  2. He spent a large amount of his time in Nalanda there and then he travelled across the Himalayas.
  3. He is known as the second Buddha because he brought Buddhism in Bhutan and other Himalayan countries.
  4. There is an image or painting of the guru in every Bhutanese home or temple.
  5. Thangka paintings, sculptures and photographs portrayed the life and teachings of the Guru.

(Note: Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala)

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