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

• 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 that saw the participation of distinguished scholars from both countries.

• The conference, organised by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and titled ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava’, was held on January 29-30.

• Scholars from both countries discussed the Guru who was born in India and moved towards Bhutan in the 8th century to spread Buddhism and Buddhist teachings all across the Himalayan region.

• Guru Padmasambhava was born in India and is highly respected in Bhutan. India-Bhutan relations have been good all through the last 70 years.

Guru Padmasambhava

• Guru Padmasambhava was born in India and has visited Bhutan two times.

• He spent a large amount of his time in Nalanda there and then he travelled across the Himalayas.

• He is known as the second Buddha because he brought Buddhism in Bhutan and other Himalayan countries.

• There is an image or painting of the guru in every Bhutanese home or temple.

• Thangka paintings, sculptures and photographs portrayed the life and teachings of the Guru.

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

Prelims level: Guru Padmasambhava, Thangka Paintings

Mains level: India-Bhutan cultural relations

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