Located near Bud Walton Arena where the Dalai Lama spoke at two events, the Tibetan Bazaar featured dozens of vendors offering products made by Himalayan artisans and Tibetan refugees, including jewelry, music, home decorations, ritual and meditation objects, scarves, healing mantra banners, and many more interesting and colorful items.
Crowds leaving the morning event, a panel discussion
featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sister Helen Prejean and Prof. Vincent Harding, and those making their way to the afternoon event, the “Keynote Address” by the Dalai Lama, converged at the Tibetan Bazaar.
Shoppers were not disappointed. The variety of merchandise offered ranged from interesting masks, to wall hangings featuring quotes from His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, to handcrafted jewelry and other products from Tibetan refugees and other Himalayan artists.
The quote from His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, featured in the photo above, concerns Universal Responsibility and reads:
I believe that must consciously develop a greater sense of Universal Responsibility. We must learn to work not just for our own individual self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind.
One vendor was Vision of Tibet
, which “specializes in the finest handicrafts from Tibet, Nepal, and India.” Products from Vision of Tibet included handcrafted Tibetan jewelry, photographs of the Dalai Lama, ritual objects, and music.
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. had a 40' by 60' tent at the Tibetan Bazaar where monks were busy selling merchandise. According to the organization's Facebook page
, "The proceeds raised will help support Drepung Loseling Monastery in India."
According to a placard handed-out at the event, Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. is "dedicated to suporting over 3,000 monks at Drepung Loseling Monastery, India and helping to preserve the endangered Tibetan arts, crafts and culture through distribution of products made by Tibetan refugees and Himalayan artisans."
At that tent could be found "singing bowls," Tibetan jewelry, books by or about His Holiness the Dalai Lama, home decorations, T-shirts, and a very popular item: "Free Tibet" bumper stickers.
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
is “an affiliate of Emory University and The North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery.” The original
Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet was established in 1416 and was one of Tibet's largest monastic universities. However, according to the Drepung Loseling Institute
The Chinese Communist takeover of Tibet in 1959 resulted in the destruction of all but a dozen of Tibet's 6,500 monasteries, and in the closure of Drepung, with most of the monks being either killed or imprisoned. Approximately 250 of Loseling's monks managed to escape the holocaust. They were accepted as refugees in India, where eventually they built a replica "Drepung Loseling in Exile" monastery on land generously donated by the Indian government in Karnataka State, southeast of Bombay. Here they worked to preserve their ancient traditions.