Is Odisha, a birth­place of Guru Pad­masamb­hava?

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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

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