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Mongolian teacher of Buddhism receives Prince Claus Award PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2008
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The Netherlands-based Prince Claus Award has been presented to a Mongolian teacher of Buddhism. 
G.Purevbat, born in Tov Aimag, has been presented the award for his work as an artist and teacher of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition.  

Purevbat has worked to revitalize Buddhism in Mongolia, which was suppressed under the communist regime. Purevbat founded a school to train artists and teachers in disciplines such as painting, sculpting, appliqué, architecture and dance. He established the Zanabazar Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art, which sponsors exhibitions, documents historical sites and undertakes restoration projects and the re-introduction of festivals.  

lama purevbat with a four horns goat on research work about abnormal figures of animalsHe also was recognized for creating a masters course for graduates and his ongoing writing of a 23-volume series on Buddhist art theories and techniques.  
The Prince Claus Awards noted, in announcing the award, “Purevbat’s fine artworks, inspirational activities and dissemination of knowledge have created a renaissance in Mongolian cultural identity and timely self-affirmation.  Artist and scholar, Venerable Purevbat is honored for the rigorous authenticity of his methods and techniques, for re-establishing an important ‘un-modern’ aesthetic practice, for his dedication and generosity in fostering future generations, and for nurturing local identity through artistic tradition and culture.” 

The annual Prince Claus Awards are presented to offer individuals and organizations “new opportunities and recognition,” according to the Prince Claus Fund.

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 1 Written by roydongen, on 2008-12-11 01:26:56, IP: 202.180.218.26
It is good to read that the relations between Mongolia and the Netherlands continue to grow stronger. In cultural aspect like in this case and not only support the Netherlands the Mongolian people with project funding (through Netherlands Embassy, Red Cross of Mongolia, Asia Foundation, FMO-XAC Bank and others) also Netherlands entrepreneurs are active in Mongolia on the fields of traveling and leisure, hotel, webservices, IT outsourcing, auditing & accounting, consultancy, investment services, education, etc. 
Besides that Mongolia uses a lot of products from Netherlands brands like Dove soap, Shell motor oil, Omo laundry powder, Philips electronics and of course Heineken, Brand, Grolsch, Bavaria and Trip beer. But also Tiger is partly a Netherlands beer after all. 
Netherland and Mongolia, maybe closer to each other than you would have thought!

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