(TibetanReview.net, Jan19’19) – Drepung Loseling, a section of one of the great Tibetan Buddhist seats of learning re-established in exile in the Mundgod Tibetan Settlement in Karnataka state of India, has on Jan 14 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goa University to promote academic research that will further the works of the two institutes.
“The academic exchange with Goa University underlines our commitment towards fulfilling His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision to revive the ancient Nalanda tradition in contemporary India,” Tibet.net Jan 17 quoted Abbot Geshe Lobsang Samten of Drepung Loseling Monastery as saying. He signed the MoU with Vice-Chancellor Prof Varun Sahni of Goa University.
The MoU was signed at Goa University for a three-year term and could be extended.
The Dalai Lama had, in Jul 2018, suggested that the Tibetan settlement in Mundgod forge closer association with Goa through educational and cultural programmes. He hoped that such collaboration will enable the ancient Indian understanding of mind and emotions, inherited by the Tibetans from the ancient Indian scholars of Nalanda and Vikramalashila, to be restored in modern Indian institutions.
Other Tibetan Buddhist seats of learning in Karnataka have signed other agreements with other Indian and other universities before.