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Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Auroville
Patron: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

May 2004

Dear Friends

We would like to give you some news about the construction and the activities of the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture in Auroville

First, we would like to express our gratitude to the Central Tibetan Administration for the timely assistance of Rs 1,000,000 (Rupees one million) received in May 2003, in particular our gratitude goes to Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Tibetan Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

We also take this opportunity to convey our thanks to our Himalaya friends in Italy for their constant support.

With these funds we have been able to complete:

  • The four guest rooms which are now fully functional.
    This is a great help as it allows us to host the Tibetan Doctor's team, trainee students as well as occasional guests.
  • The Archives room on the first floor of the building.
  • The Water recycling plant for the entire building. This works very satisfactorily and the water coming out of the baffle tank reactor is pure. A separate detailed report has been prepared by the Center for Scientific Research on this particular project.
  • The water-proofing of all the roofs (with water-harvesting) as well as a 20,000 litres water-tank. This work has used a large chunk of our funds and is just completed. 
  • The Conference room on the first floor with a wooden floor. After the summer holidays, we will start using it for yoga classes, vipasana courses, lectures, conferences or workshops. Part of it will also be used as a Museum of Tibetan art and craft.

What needs to be completed?

Though partly functional, the Pavilion is still not finished. Some parts remain to be completed:

  • The inner courtyard with a fountain at the center (as suggested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
  • The main entrance
  • The slanting walls around the building
  • And the final painting and decoration of the building.

We will then have to work on the landscape and gardens as designed by the architect.

The work has not progressed as fast as we had expected due to the numerous activities of the Pavilion which slowed down the construction. Amongst these activities:

  • A Workshop on Permaculture inaugurated by Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Tibetan Prime Minister who attended the workshop for two days.

  • A three-week training course in English Language for Tibetan (Report attached) with ELTS Foundation from Cambridge (UK).
    A full report of the Workshop is available at: http://www.elstcam.org/Report%202003.

  • Several exhibitions and smaller workshops/ trainings linked to conflict resolution and human relations.
  • A course in Tibetan Yantra Yoga
  • A story-telling workshop using the life-story of “Milarepa”
  • A Tibetan film festival
  • A Japanese flower arrangement (Ikebana) and pottery exhibition. This art which originates from the Buddhist tradition in Japan generated a lot of interest and admiration for the artists.

  • The Library inaugurated by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche in September has received very valuable donations, amongst them one from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath ( Benares ). The Director Prof Samten presented our Library 186 of their scholarly publications. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude.

  • A grant from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India for Rs 1.25 kh has been received. It has allowed us to acquired very important books on Buddhism, Tibetan history, medicine and Indo-Tibetan cultural relations. The Library is now open to the public.
  • Several hundred good books have also been donated by Aurovilians.
  • A grant from the Human Resource Development, Government of India has been received through the Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research for equipping the Library with shelves, computer, tables, etc…

Today, though we are happy by the over-all progress of the project, we are facing a very difficult financial situation as all our funds have been exhausted and we have to stop the construction.

We would like to appeal to all friends and supporters to help for the final part.

We estimate that between 20000 $ and 25,000 $ will be required to complete the work mentioned above.

For more information or contribution, contact:

Claude Arpi

Pavilion of Tibetan Culture
Auroville 605101 T.N. India
Tel: 91 413 2622172 (o) 2622136 (r)
Fax: 91 413 2622062

Email: tibpav@vsnl.net www.auroville.org/index/tibet.htm


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