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Pavilion of Tibetan Culture

 

Introduction


Auroville was founded on 28 February 1968 in South India by the Mother, Sri Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator . A philosopher, poet and national leader, Sri Aurobindo led the Nationalist movement in the early 1900's, but he soon realized that a deeper and more powerful revolution was needed for humanity to pass to the next stage of its evolution.
Sri Aurobindo retired in Pondicherry in 1910 and from there worked to hasten the coming of a new world and a new life: a Life Divine upon earth. After his departure in 1950, his work was continued by the Mother.

The international township is to be a "site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity." The Mother has declared in Auroville's Charter that Auroville is the site of 'an unending education and the youth that never ages."

Surrounding the Matrimandir, the soul of Auroville, are the four zones of the township: cultural, industrial, residential and international. In the last zone, all the nations of the world are invited to build a pavilion representing their specific culture and genius. In January 1973, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met the Mother in Pondicherry and visited Auroville. He visited again in 1993 in order to lay the Foundation Stone of the Tibetan Pavilion.

In 1996, His Holiness blessed the Pavilion with a contribution of 100,000 Rs (approx. $3000) as seed money for raising the necessary funds to complete the project. His Holiness said that he was "very pleased about how the work is progressing and very appreciative of Auroville's dedication and determination for the Tibetan people."

Since then more than 1,00,000 $ have been collected this includes a participation of 3000$ each from each Department of the Central Tibetan Administration, in Dharamsala, India.

The goals of the Pavilion are to provide a Tibetan cultural center in the international zone of Auroville, as well as a training center for young Tibetans wanting to take advantage of Auroville's 30 years of research and experiments.

Every day Auroville is visited by hundreds of Indian and foreign visitors, guests and friends.
For the past ten years, Auroville has been the scene of a large number of workshops, seminars and training sessions. They aimed to explore how the alternative technologies developed in Auroville could be replicated in the Tibetan settlements in India and in Tibet.
In a letter, Kalon Tashi Wangdi, the Minister for Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, wrote: "There is a deep connection between Tibetans and Auroville since 1971. His Holiness was invited to Auroville twice. Many Tibetans have been trained in Auroville in different skills like appropriate building technology skills, afforestation and environmental protection, etc."

 

I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique heritage - has developed some kind of energy, which is useful, and very helpful, towards cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life. I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to help humanity, ...I feel very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a future role to play in humanity. So therefore, wherever there are spiritual centers like Auroville, if Tibet can participate it can be a way or a channel to communicate Tibetan culture to other people.  

The Dalai Lama in Auroville, December 24th, 1993

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