Prof Geshe Konchok Wangdus, Councillor Gelong Nyantak, Morup Namgyal, David Sonam, Dr Sonam Wangchok and Kunzes Dolma at the HCHF book launch event.
LEH: President Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) Leh and Director Central Institute of Buddhist Studies Leh, Prof Geshe Konchok Wangdus released two books on Tuesday in the auditorium of HCHF at Lonpo House in presence of a galaxy of scholars, writers and researchers representing different organisations.
The book launched event was organised as a part of the yearlong 19th Bakula Bakula Rinpoche Centenary celebrations.
A book titled ‘Remembering 19th Bakula Rinpoche: A collation of memories from different parts of Ladakh’ compiled by Secretary HCHF Dr Sonam Wangchok and Managing Editor, Heritage Himalaya, Kunzes Dolma was released on the occasion by Prof. Geshe Konchok Wangdus.
A children’s story book in Bhoti Language titled ‘Chhodzang Chisdung’ compiled by Patrick J Dowd and Thupstan Takpa with support from Phillips Ambassador Programme of the University of Carolina and the Khyentse Foundation was also released. Both books were published by the Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) Ladakh.
Among the prominent who were present included Councillor Upper Leh, Gelong Lobzang Nyantak, Editor J&K Cultural Academy Gelong Tsering Chosphel, Secretary Ladakh Cultural Forum Tashi Morup, Zhungner Spituk Gonpa Gelong Lobzang Angchuk, David Sonam and Padmashri Morup Namgyal.
Speaking on the ‘Importance of Language Education’ Prof. Geshe Konchok Wangdus recalled the contribution of late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche in preserving and promoting Ladakhi language when getting a book printed was not an easy task at that point of time. He therefore urged upon everyone to learn to read and write Bhoti. Geshe Konchok Wangdus applauded for the painstaking efforts of the HCHF team members in bringing out these publications successfully despite many challenges.
Appreciating Dr. Sonam Wangchok for his noble contribution in promoting and preserving Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage through HCHF, Councillor Upper Leh, Gelong Lobzang Nyantak, announced an amount of Rs 20,000 from his salary as a token of appreciation to HCHF. He observed that all meetings of LAHDC should take place in Ladakhi language and proceedings of General Council meetings need to be aired live on All India Radio Leh and as well as from Dordarshan Kendra so that the public knows whether their representatives are projecting their grievances well or not.
Earlier, Secretary HCHF Dr Sonam Wangchok briefed about need for publishing these books. Those who have contributed articles and stories in the children’s story book were felicitated with Khataks on the occasion. He stressed for the need of introducing Bhoti/Ladakhi in institutions like JNV and KV in Ladakh as there are hundreds of Ladakhi students studying in these institutions.
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