Russian Tuva State University Honours Dalai Lama

by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 21 December 2011

Dharamshala, India -- After holding three days of teaching and initiation events in Dharamshala, India, today, December 21st, the Russian Federal State Education Institute- Tuva State University has awarded His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to freedom, Human Rights, religious harmony and environment protection.

The Honorary Doctorate was conferred to His Holiness by Telo Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of Russian republic Kalmykia and some officials on behalf of the Tuva State University. The Tibetan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate thanked the officials and leaders of the 'Ministry of The Education and Science of The Russian Federation, Federal State Education Institute - Tuva State University' for their stand for human freedom and values.

His Holiness said that he visited once in Tuva where people have shown their genuine faith in Buddhism. "Tuva has a long-standing strong cultural ties linked to Tibet for past hundreds of years. Recent years, due to political reasons, I couldn't visit Tuva, however, many Buddhist followers from Russian regions including Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tuva have come to here [Dharamshala] for teachings."

The Buddhist leader finished his teachings for Buddhists from Russia on"Tsongkhapa's "Destiny Fulfilled (tokjo dunlekma)" and Geshe Langri Thangpa's "Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema)." in Dharamshala Wednesday. Over the last three days, over 6,500 people attended the teachings. His Holiness' teachings were streamed live on the web. An astonishing thousands of others listened and watched the teachings live online.

Telo Rinpoche told the crowd that the decision on this outstanding Professor Award honor to His Holiness was made in October 2011. "Russian academic Council of the Tuva State University has anonymously decided to confer the honoring title of professor to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso in acknowledgment of his outstanding input to the development of science, personal contribution to solving contemporary pressing issues such as protection of Human freedom, values and Rights, promotion of religious harmony, conservation of environment, strengthening of moral and ethical principals in society."

"For the past many years, we made our every possible effort to prepare His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Russia, but, with many unfortunate conditions, we have faced many difficulties," said Rinpoche during the honoring ceremony.

The Russian Buddhist leader urged His Holiness for more teachings in near future. "We need to hear more teachings of His Holiness." He underlined that he was glad to see this widening participation, there is a growing interest among Russians in engaging in deeper understanding of Buddhism through teachings.

The spiritual leader of Tibet also agreed to confer more teachings and initiations for Russian Buddhists in the coming years. His Holiness said as being a Buddhist monk, it was his duty to promote compassion, religious harmony and to confer Buddhist teachings. "Today, the people from Tuva have prepared the honoring title of professor for me, I would like to thank them." His Holiness told the crowd. "As Telo Rinpoche has just mentioned and as I heard from Yulo Rinpoche, (Yeshe Lodoe Rinpoche, a Tibetan Budhist leader), It is not so easy to travel from far away to seek teachings.

"However, despite facing many difficulties and challenges, you all came here to join the teachings." His Holiness the Dalai Lama stressed. "It is very important that over the last couple of years' experiences, we have seen a steadily growing interest in Buddhism among the people in these regions," said His Holiness.

We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Operator for Responsible Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: