Saturday, 22 December 2012

Duboom Tulku

Lama Duboom Tulku had the good fortune of being present at the World Prayer Day function on June 24, 1984, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Lama Duboom Tulku was the first to address the meeting and reads out a congratulatory message from the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama had come to Delhi for the World Prayer Day but had suddenly fallen ill at the last moment and could not come himself. He had therefore sent Lama Duboom Tulku (who was then the director of Tibet House, New Delhi) as his representative instead. In this photo he can been seen addressing the meeting.
 Lama Doboom Tulku was born 17th February, 1941in Tibet. The eldest child of a family of four sons and one daughter, he was recognized as the incarnation of previous Doboom Tulku at the age of three by Ven. Lama Phurchog Jamgon Rinpoche. He was brought to the hermitage in Tehor province, near the Dhargye Monastery in eastern Tibet where previous incarnation lived. At the age of twelve, he  went to Lhasa to enter the Drepung Monastery, the biggest in Tibet. He studied mainly Buddhist Philosophy for six years, until 1959. He fled to India from Tibet during the uprising of 1959 and lived in a transit camp for Lamas at Buxar, West Bengal, India. He continued studies there until 1969. In 1969, he joined the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarnath, then under the auspices of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, studied Buddhist philosophy for three years and received Geshe-Acharya degree in 1972.
He was appointed as Librarian at Tibet House, New Delhi in 1972; and worked for one and half years. At the end of 1973, he joined the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, H.P. as Librarian and research assistant, main responsibility was to supervise cataloging and to evolve a proper classification system for Tibetan texts. Also, involved in translation and editing.
Since 1981 to till date, he is Director of Tibet House, Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi and is  working for promotion of Tibetan cultural heritage to a wide audience through a diverse range of programmes at Tibet House.
In 1996, he was appointed by Dalai Lama as Director of His Foundation for Universal Responsibility established with the Nobel Peace Prize money as its initial corpus fund to work for universal harmony and well-being. In 1997, he joined the Private Office of Dalai Lama as Secretary, dealing mainly with Tibetan correspondence. Worked for about five years, during which time accompanied His Holiness the Dalai Lama on visits to countries like, Japan, USSR, Mongolia, Switzerland, Greece and USA. (In the photo he can be seen with the Dalai Lama)
On 9th May 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Buddhist Studies by the Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University (MBU) of Bangkok.
Since 1997 onwards he pursued a project of World Festival of Sacred Music which ushered in the third millennium under the auspices of Tibet House and Foundation for Universal Responsibility. It became a worldwide event with festivals taking place at several venues on the different continents. In October 1999, the first festival took place in Los Angeles, the Global event at Bangalore in April 2000, and it successfully concluded in Berlin in December 2001. As of now, he is engaged in various Inter Cultural and Intra Buddhist dialogue activities at a Global level.

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