Is Odisha, a birthplace of Guru Padmasambhava?
With the lighting of the lamp, a book “Padmasambhava of Uddiyana-Odisha” in Dzongkha version was launched in collaboration with Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre (Embassy of India), Royal Research, and Advisory Council (RRAC) of Bhutan on January 9 in Thimphu.
The book explicitly deals with the life and deeds of 8th century Buddhist master Guru Padmasambhava and his birthplace from Odisha, India.
It contains 12 scholarly articles all written by scholars from Orissa and edited by Dr Bimalendu Mohanty, Former Vice Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Odisha for publication.
Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar said that there is not much disagreement among scholars about the fact that Uddiyana is birthplace of Guru Padmasambhava, however, there is debate about where is the location of this place.
”It was located in the Swat valley based on the accounts of the Tibetan monks, however, recent research and analysis look forward the hypothesis that Guru Padmasambhava Uddiyana really refers to present day Odisha,” Jaideep Sarkar said.
Dzongkha Translator of the book and Research Officer, RRAC, Kezang Wangdi said that the book presents numerous tropical issues for scholarly discussion and debate and urges further researches to pursue by the scholars of Buddhist fraternity.
“The book on the whole is spiritually enriching, educating as well as thought provoking. Kezang Wangdi said, giving the insight of the book.
He also suggests reader individual readers to make judgement based on their own readings and comprehension.
“As more and more people read, it will become a starting point for much more discussion among the people and scholars from both sides to look into the different historical aspects which symbolizes the rich legacy and tradition that we share as people of this region,” Jaideep Sarkar said.
Gracing the event, Economic Minister, Loknath Sharma said that the launch of the book is one of the last events in this golden jubilee year of IndoBhutan relationship and he wishes it to not end here.
The Dzongkha version of the book is simplified compared to the original book involving sophistication, high-end Buddhist concepts, Tibetan, English, Hindi and Sanskrit terminologies.
The decision to have Dzongkha version of book came to lamplight during seminar on reminiscences of Ahom Kings, Ex-Chief Justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye shared the proposal to translate the book on behalf of Dr Mohanty.
Dr Mohanty had come to attend the South Asian Conference and celebration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava that was held on June 14 and 15, 2016 in Paro.
Dasho Passang Dorji from Maha Bodhi Society of India introduced Dr Mohanty to Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye and Kunzang Wangdi of the Royal research and Advisory Council and sought the assistance to translate his book into Dzongkha.
The book was first published in 2012 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha and the second edition in 2017. The Dzongkha version of the book edited under the editorship of Khenpo Phuntsho Gyaltshen, Director of Mahapanya Vidaylai, Thailand and the Bukshu In-Charge of Maha Bodhi Society, Bhubaneswar, India.
The translation was carried out with financial support from India-Bhutan Foundation from the Embassy of India in Bhutan.
During the book launched, a seminar was also conducted and further dialogue on life and history of Guru Padmasambhava will be discussed during the seminar organized by the Centre for Escalation of Peace by end of this month in New Delhi. There will be also iconography exhibition of Guru Padmasambhava.
The book” Padmasambhava of Uddiyana-Odisha” in Dzongkha edition being launched by Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre and Royal Research, and Advisory Council (RRAC) in Thimphu