Treasure from Tai Great Texts: The 4th Lik Loung Conference (LCC) 2016

The Lik Loung (Shan/Tai Manuscripts) Committee held a conference on “Treasure from Tai Great Texts: The 4th Lik Loung Conference (LCC)” on 27 – 29 December 2016 at Jin Taw Yan Buddhist Temple, Mandalay, Myanmar.

On the occasion, the opening ceremony successfully celebrated in the morning on 27 December 2016 and closing ceremony was on 29 December 2016. Lik Loung is the classical Shan poetical literature, which has long history and tradition. Historically, the 1st Lik Loung Conference was held in 2013 in Yangon, under the leadership of Ven. Prof. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, DPhil (Oxford), Founder of SSBU. The 2nd LLC held in 2014, Laikha and the 3rd LLC was held in 2015, Lashio, Shan State.

A significance of LLC is that the number of speakers and attendants at the conference has greatly increased every year. In accordance with the information, the paper collections of articles were 103 and divided into 3 groups as well as the halls.

In this year, there were two foreign scholars. One was Dr. David Warton, UK, presenting on Tai Nuea Manuscripts in Laos and China and another was Dr. Peter Koret, PhD (London) presenting on The History of Kham Thong Luang: Making Sense of a Thousand Page Historical, Millenarian Buddhist, and Autobiographical Poem from Early Twentieth Century Laos. Also, U Nyunt Maung (A.A, Dip.Lib, Yangon) was presented his presentation on the Shan Manuscripts from National Library (Ygn).

What’s more, on 30 December 2016 at 8:00 a.m. The LLC committee held the 2nd Conference of Tai Society for Historical Studies, which was also under the leadership of Ven. Prof. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, DPhil (Oxford), Founder of SSBU.

In the opening ceremony, welcome speech was by Prof. Dr. Sai Nor Khay, Opening speech was by the Most Ven. Sukhaminda , MA (Sri Lanka), Secretary of Shan State Sangha Council, Loi Turng Kham Monastery, Mu-se and Keynote speech was by Prof. Sai Kham Mong, Director of Central Tai Studies (CTS). In the end, Ven. Prof. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami had concluded in English briefly.

The special papers were such as Ethnic Identification in Shan (Tai) Cultural Area by Prof. Takatani, Japan and Buddhism Among the Tais of India by Nang Ye Lon, Asam, India and The Tai History in China by Prof. Dr. Hsai Shel Khong (သၢႆသႅဝ်းၶွင်ႇ), Yunan, China.

Many Tais (Shans) Sangha and people participated the event. The Tais people, who were taking part, were not only from Shan State. The Tais, they also came from Kachin State, Saging Division, India and China, who titles as a Tai Nation.

On behalf of LLC committee, we are greatly thank you to all meal generous donors as well as Jin Taw Yan Buddhist Temple, Mandalay for conference halls and hostel. We, with our heartfelt, also appreciated for your kindness in reality.



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