Library & Learning Center
Located in Ithaca, New York on the grounds of the Namgyal Monastery – His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s official North American seat – the Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will be a hub for learning and promoting compassion and shared human values, attracting students, scholars, spiritual, civic and business leaders and practitioners of all faiths. The Library will serve as a central repository for all the works for the current and previous Dalai Lamas, and a place for study and exploration for scholars and the public. The Learning Center will be a physical space as well as virtual destination (via its website) for people across North America, and the world, offering free and low-cost programming including classes, talks, seminars, meditation and more.
Since 1954 until 2015, His Holiness has been to 64 countries and has made 477 tours around the world. His Holiness has spoken widely on his three commitments and universal responsibility, and has given extensive teachings. His Holiness has met more than 500 eminent leaders, acclaimed scholars and experts in different fields, top religious leaders of different faiths, and many renowned artists from all over the world. His Holiness has won multitudes of accolades, appreciation and respect for his activities and has a stock of more than 154 awards and honorary degrees to his credit. The religious activities of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama far exceed the religious activities of all the previous Dalai Lamas combined. On top of his Tibetan subjects, His Holiness has followers from all over the world and is widely known as the World Peace Champion. Thus, a museum that presents the vast activities of His Holiness is greatly needed.
The library and the museum will also include the entire volume of Sutras [direct translations of the Buddha’s teachings] as well as the entire volume of Shastras [their commentaries by Indian masters]. As far as the contents of the Sutras and Shastras are concerned, His Holiness has divided them into three sections - the science that comes from Buddhism, the philosophy of Buddhism and the religious practice of Buddhism. The first two sections can be subjects of academic study for all, irrespective of whether they believe in religion or not. In this regard, His Holiness has initiated a project to compile together all relevant study materials that would contribute to the enrichment of the academia of the world. Namgyal Institute aims to convene conferences and seminars to discuss them in the future. Furthermore, it aims to impart education on Tibetan culture, religion and language to the Tibetan youths, and conduct Buddhist study programs to Tibetans and non-Tibetans alike.
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