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China's Tibetologists, living Buddha delegation concludes U.S. visit
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15:10, November 17, 2007

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Visiting Chinese delegation of Tibetologists and living Buddha Friday wrapped up its week-long visit to the United States after making academic presentations on Tibet issues for hundreds of teachers and students at the University of Arizona (UA), Tucson.

Earlier at a luncheon held by the university's international affairs committee, the six-member delegation met with dozens of professors in fields like anthropology and East Asian studies, and discussed possibilities and ways for future cooperation on Tibet-related studies.

John Olsen, head of the Department of Anthropology of the university, welcome the Tibetologists' briefings on their current studies, and expressed interest in cooperating with Chinese scholars in his future archaeological research in the Tibetan region.

During his presentation at a campus theater at UA, Tucson, living Buddha Guo Mangcang, who is also a professor of Gansu Province Buddhist Studies College, intrigued the audience with his experience of being a living Buddha.

While answering a question from the audience about his different way of life from ordinary people, the living Buddha said he preferred spiritual satisfaction to material happiness.

Using his studies, Professor An Caidan, a leading Tibetologist in China, explained to the audience in detail about the historical and geographical background of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The delegation, led by An, arrived here Thursday after visiting other U.S. cities including Washington and New York, where they had held wide exchanges and discussions with government and congressional officials, think tanks and the general public on current socio-economic situations in Tibet and on other Tibet-related issues.

Source: Xinhua

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