Expeditions

One of the most important areas of our activities is promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue between people of diverse cultural background coming from various parts of the globe. To achieve that goal, we have been organizing study visits and intercultural research expeditions to many places in Asia and Europe. Since 2006, when we began our work in this field, we organized .... trips to 10 different countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Nepal, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey).

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India & Shri Lanka, 2014-2015

On December 25th 2014 five members of the International Center for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dilaogue started the study visit to Sri Lanka and South India. The main objectives of this expedition were:

  • Study of the Buddhist culture artifacts in Sri Lanka and its cultural heritage in gerenal
  • Study of the cultural heritage of South India, its traditional Dance Schools, Ayurvedic Medecine and Traditional Martial Art Kalaripatu
  • Study of Ashram life in South India on the example of Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam
  • Study of the Tibetan settelments in South India and their cultural life

The study of Sri Lanka was interupted earlier due to heavy strorms and floods in Central and Eastern Sri Lanka, and accordingly the Indian part of the expediton was extended. All the planned destinations besides the mentioned Sri Lankan regions were visited and the results of the studies are now in the process of systematization and analysis.

Sri Lanka, 2013

The expedition was held in Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya, Maravilla and dedicated to the field research of buddist culture and lifestyle in Shri Lanka within a cross-cultural analysis. It also included a preparation of a documentary on the Buddha birthday festival on the 24th of May due to visits to several Buddhist temples, as well as an observation of jungle life, elephants in particular.

China's Tibet

The expedition, which lasted for 8 days, was organized in cooperation with “Tibet” center of “New Armenia” humanitarian center. The research of Tibetan Buddhism, traditions, relations and other aspects of Tibetan culture was held mainly in the central part of Tibet. It included visits to Lhasa and several monasteries in the surroundings, such as Taerba, Tsurpu etc, participation in ceremonies, meetings with monks and other activities.

Nepal

The expedition in Nepal took place in Kathmandu (including the temples in the outskirts), Lumbini, Pokhara, several reserves with wildlife. The subject of the research during this study visit was mainly the culture of Tibetan community living in Nepal. The visit was also significant with the created documentary about the birthplace of Budha, Lumbini. The visit also included brief study of Nepali culture, focusing on folk traditions, rituals and ceremonies.

India

Odisha
The expedition, which lasted for 20 days, was conducted in Odisha region (including Shvara, Puri, Chilka lake, Konark) covering several aspects of cultural life. The researches or “cultural hunters” studied the cultural institutions, architecture, sculpture, religious traditions, as well as daily lifestyle, interhuman relations, approaches to animals and the influence of Odisa culture on the other regions.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu
The purpose of this expedition was to explore South Indian culture. The destinations after arriving in Delhi were Trivandrumpuram, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Madras. Overall culture of the region was observed, but there was particular focus on concrete topics, certain rituals, specific features of arts and cultural phenomena, such as local unique features religious life, traditional dresses, local specialties etc. Some of the unique aspects were the the traditions and lifestyle of the Christian community and fishermen.

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Bihar, Jamu & Kashmir
It was an expedition to Varanasi, Bihar, Delhi, Punjab (Chandigarh, Amritsar, Malerkotla’s villages), Jamu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand (Rishikesh). One of the purposes of the visit was to witness and study Mahakumbamela I event, creating a documentary. The visit mainly targeted the study of coexistence of multi-religious environment and eclectic culture, considering the traditions of Sikh culture (mostly in Penjub), Inslamic culture (mostly in Jammu and Kashmir) and hindu culture (mostly Utarakhand, Himanchal Pradesh, Bihar). The visit resulted in a profound research on the religious architecture (temples, mosques, gurudvaras), and a special interest in rural lifestyle, bread making technologies and traditions etc.

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