UNESCO lists Tibetan Dege Sutra-Printing House as China’s contribution to the world

(TibetanReview.internet, May09’24) —Like all different issues Tibetan, which at the moment are being touted as China’s, The Dege Sutra-Printing Home (Tibetan: Dege Parkhang) has simply been included in UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Register of Reminiscence of the World as “China’s largest Tibetan sutra-printing home”.

The printing home has been included in UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Register of Reminiscence of the World for its significance in Tibetan tradition at China’s behest.

The choice was authorised on the tenth Basic Assembly of the Reminiscence of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific, convened from Could 7 to eight in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, reported China’s official Xinhua information company Could 9.

The report cited the Nationwide Archives Administration of China as saying Could 9 that “three gadgets from China” had been listed as documentary heritage on the Asia Pacific regional register of UNESCO’s Reminiscence of the World (MOW) Programme. It described them as archives regarding conventional teahouses in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province; genealogical data of the communities of Huizhou in Anhui Province; and printing blocks housed on the Dege Sutra Printing Home in Sichuan.

China is actively pursuing a marketing campaign of assimilating the residing tradition of Tibet within the title of Sinicizing it whereas searching for to spice up its standing as a protector of it by such propaganda measures.

China has already named Dege Sutra Printing Home a Nationwide Protected Heritage Web site.


The printing home is a part of the Dege Gonchen monastery in Dege County of Kardze (Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It has suffered Chinese language destruction up to now.

The printing home now preserves over 270,000 printing blocks inscribed with non secular, historic, literature and artwork, medical, astronomical and calendar-arithmetical e-book editions in Tibetan and Sanskrit, famous the bastillepost.com Could 9, reporting on the itemizing.

The picket blocks, manufactured from dense, laborious birch, served as essential instruments for making scriptures. For practically 300 years, generations of craftsmen on the three-storey constructing have used their beautiful abilities to carve scriptures on picket blocks, after which compiled them into books, making the printing ink and paper themselves.

The engraving of the printing plates for the Kagyur, a key piece of the “Chinese language” Buddhist canon, took 100 calligraphers three years and 500 craftsmen 5 years to finish, the report cited native consultants as saying.

The Kagyur texts are Tibetan translations of the unique teachings of the Buddha and are complemented by the Tengyur texts, that are Tibetan translations of commentaries on the teachings of the Buddha. They collectively uniquely represent the spine of Tibetan Buddhism.

“These Tibetan classics play a vital position within the research of historical Tibetan tradition. Our authorities will proceed to extend funding and supply essential help and promotion for our replica challenge, which is essential for the safety and inheritance of the essential paperwork of the Dege Sutra-Printing Home,” Yeshe Wonbo, an area Tibetan research knowledgeable, has mentioned.

The UNESCO (United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group) is a specialised company of the United Nations based in 1945 with the intention of selling world peace and safety by worldwide cooperation in schooling, arts, sciences and tradition. Unwittingly, it has turn into a device for China to propagandize its declare of Tibetan heritage and tradition as nothing however a subset of China’s tradition.

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