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10:44 Apr 16 2009

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Tibetologist: traditional Tibetan culture to thrive for ever
10:43, April 16, 2009  

Outstanding traditional Tibetan culture has never been as thriving as today, said a Tibetologist on Monday.

"The thriving is attributed largely to the correct policies of the Central Government on traditional Tibetan culture. Meanwhile, the modernization and social development in Tibet have provided extraordinary opportunities and conditions for traditional Tibetan culture."

Photo taken on April 13, 2009, shows (from left to right) Zhu Shouchen, Tenzin Chepa and Dawa Tsering at the 4th Session of the Tea Party held by the China Journalists Association. (Xinhua Photo)

Tenzin Chepa, former deputy general-director of the Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center, talked about his impression and evaluation of the protection of traditional Tibetan culture at a tea party held by the China Journalists Association.

"As time goes on, traditional Tibetan culture will blossom for ever along with other Chinese culture, just like a Gesang flower (a flower considered a holy flower symbolizing love and luck by Tibetans)," said the Tibetologist, also a witness of various traditional Tibetan culture protection projects.

"The rich and diverse Tibetan folk culture has caught close attention of the Chinese Communist Party and the government." said Tenzin Chepa, who participated in collecting and sorting out Tibetan folk literature from the 1980s. The move was aimed to collect folktales, ballads and proverbs throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region.

In about 20 years, together with his colleagues, he has collected and recorded 780 pieces of works including fairytales, legends and stories. The collectors classified the folk literature according to their content.

This is the first time that Tibetan folk literature has been collected on such a comprehensive scale, aiming mainly at folk artists, according to Tenzin Chepa.

The stories have already been published in the Tibetan language, and the Han and English versions will be published soon. "Thousands of people in the region were engaged in the work and all the funding was provided by the Central Government."

As a participant in the collation of the Tripitaka in the Tibetan language, Tenzin Chepa said the Central Government set the collation of the religious masterpiece as a major task to restore traditional Tibetan culture. As the cost of each copy is as high as 800,000 yuan, only 1,000 sets of the Tibetan version of the Tripitaka were published.

Tibetan medicine with a long history, complete system and rich clinical practice experience is also a major component of the traditional Tibetan culture. Since the democratic reform was launched in Tibet in 1959, it has also made great progress.

All prefectures and some counties in the region have set up hospitals specializing in the traditional Tibetan medicine and all county-level hospitals have sections for Tibetan medicine.

Tenzin Chepa said that work is under way to compile the Complete Collection of Traditional Tibetan Medicine Prescriptions, which will contain more than 10,000 prescriptions.

Source: Xinhua

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