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Department of Religions and Philosophies

Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Events

The aim of the Circle is to encourage the scholarly exploration of Tibetan culture by providing a forum for research, exhibitions and affiliated events pertaining to the civilisations of Tibet and the Himalayas held in the greater London area.

The intellectual focus consists of a series of seminars and lectures hosted by SOAS. The content of these presentations covers a wide range of Tibetological research including art, archaeology, architecture, history, language, literature, music,
philosophy and religion.

Its activities will be of particular interest to scholars, art collectors, academic institutions and other interest groups concerned with the study and preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritage. 

The administrative hub of the Circle consists of a custom built member database. This is designed to facilitate communication between scholars, galleries and aficionados of Tibetan and Himalayan culture and religion.

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  • Ngorchen Künga Zangpo (1382–1456) and his Legacy in Mustang
  • Jörg Heimbel (Hamburg)
  • The large-scale institutional establishment of Buddhism in 15th century Mustang can be ascribed to the joint efforts of the Mustang king Amapal and the Tibetan Sakyapa master Ngorchen Künga Zangpo, the founder of Ngor Monastery in Tibet. Ngorchen visited Mustang three times at Amapal's invitation. This lecture introduces Ngorchen’s three Mustang sojourns and discuss the relationship between the successive Mustang kings and their religious preceptors from Ngor Monastery.