Festival of Tibetan Culture, Venice

The Festival of Tibetan Culture is being organized under the patronage of the Municipality of Venice, and Venice University Ca’ Foscari.

This week-long series of events on Tibetan culture will host Tibetan specialists from Italy and around the world. The distinguished guest is
Khenpo Kunga Sherab Saljay Rinpoche.

    Date: January 16-20, 2008
    Venue: San Leonardo Hall, Strada Nova, Sestiere Cannaregio


This series of events is in conjunction with the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and will take place at Sala San Leonardo, Strada Nova.

The Sala San Leonardo is located 5 minutes from the Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station; 10 minutes from Bus Station Piazzale Roma; 30 minutes from the Tronchetto car parking (the cheapest car parking). It is 15 minutes by bus-boat from Tronchetto to Santa Lucia Railway Station.


Hotels in Venice are generally very expensive. However, there are several accommodations in youth hostels, guest houses, and bed & breakfast inns which offer double rooms for approximately Euro 80,00/90,00 per night or 60,00/70,00 for a single room per night.

In Mestre, outside of the city Venice, there are several less expensive hotels. There are regular buses and trains from Mestre to Venice.

Program Costs

    Euro 10,00 per day

    Students Euro 5,00 per day.

Schedule of Events

Day 1:

    9:30 Opening Ceremony

    10:00-10:40 Fabian Sanders; Universita Ca’Foscari, Venezia

      Tibetan Contributions to Mahayana Buddhism

    10:50-11:30 Gian Giuseppe Filippi; Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia

      Tibetan Art

    11:30-11:50 Questions and Answers

    11:50-12:30 Khenpo Kunga Sherab Saljay Rinpoche

      The Jonang Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

    2:30-3:10 Gian Giorgio Pasqualotto; Universita degli Studi di Padova

      Bavachakra, The Wheel of Existence: A Key to Tibetan Buddhism

    3:20-4:00 Massimo Raveri; Universita Ca’Foscari, Venezia

      Young People and the Research of Peace: What to Expect from Eastern Buddhism?

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

    4:30-5:10 Luigi Lombardi Vallauri; Univ. degli Studi di Firenze

      On Milarepa

    5:30-6:10 Slide Projections on Tibet

Day 2:

    9:30-10:10 Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D.; Executive Director of Jonang Foundation, U.S.A.

      The Jonang Tibetan Buddhist Tradition: A Lineage of Unbroken Transmission

    10:20-11:00 Giampiero Comolli; Independent Journalist and Author

      Contemporary Spirituality in Italy: Tibetan Buddhism

    11.00-11.20 Questions and Answers

    11:30-12:10 Gian Giorgio Pasqualotto; Univ.degli Studi di Padova

      Emptiness in Buddhism

    2:30-3:10 Federico Allegri; Psychiatrist

      Modern Life and Buddhism

    3:10-4:00 Andrea Capellari; Tibetologist

      Mind Development in Meditation

    4:30-5:10 Fabian Sanders; Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia

      Tantra and Initiation Ceremonies: The Kalachakra

    5:10-5:30 Questions and Answers

    5:30-6:10 Slide Projections on Tibet

Days 3, 4, 5:

    Khenpo Kunga Sherab Saljay Rinpoche

    10:00-11:00 Teachings (to be announced)

    3:30-5.30 Empowerment Ceremonies (to be announced)

Contact Information

For all general inquiries about the teaching tour in Italy, please contact us at: [email protected].

For specific information regarding transportation inside Italy, accommodation, and program costs, please contact our co-hosts in Italy at: [email protected] or [email protected] (tel. +39 02.33614196 / tel. +39 39.33999999).

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