Sikkim Univ. fellow to participate in intnl. conference in Italy

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Sangmu Thendup, Associate Fellow, SU to participate in international conference on Religion, Nature and Art to be held in Italy

Gangtok: October 11, 2011

Ms Sangmu Thendup, Associate Fellow, School of Planning and Policy Studies, Sikkim University has been invited to present a paper on ‘Importance of Nature in early Buddhism and its representation in early Buddhist Literature and Art’ in the international conference on “Religion, Nature and Art” to be held on 13-14 October 2011 at the Vatican Museums, Rome (Italy) informs a press release issued by the University. The conference is jointly organized by the Ethnological Museum of the Vatican Museums and by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and is dedicated to the relationship between Religion, Nature and Art.

A large number of experts and academics from many international institutions will be participating and presenting their papers. Ms Thendup teaches history in Sikkim University and is also the Coordinator of the Sikkim University Museum Project. She has been awarded the Foreign Travel and Maintenance Grant by the prestigious Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) to participate in the Conference.

The extract of the paper mentions that the presentation will access the importance of nature in early Buddhism and its representations in early Buddhist literature and art. It will focus on nature, animals and natural habitat in Buddhism to understand the ways in which the relationship of these elements to human beings has been visualized within this tradition. Buddhism is a religion which had its origin in India around 2600 years ago. It is one of the oldest religious traditions of the world. The early Buddhist literature and art is replete with representations of nature, animals and plants.



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