A Tibetan calligraphy scroll has won recognition by the Miami-based World Records Academy as the world’s longest in any language.
The scroll, 163.2 meters (approximately 565 feet) long and containing 65,000 Tibetan characters, was completed in six months by master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar. Using four different written styles, the scroll contains prayers for the long life of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
“These are prayers written by 32 great spiritual masters,” Jamyang Dorjee said.
“I wanted the prayers written by all those great masters to be on one sheet of paper so that those masters could be united with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during these 50 years of struggle in Tibetan history.”
Jamyang Dorjee also prepared the scroll, which he finished in July, to “promote Tibetan calligraphy,” he said.
Born 56 years ago in Tibet’s capital Lhasa, Jamyang Dorjee “learned [calligraphy] the traditional way, using bamboo pens. Then I slowly developed my abilities.”
Jamyang Dorjee left Tibet with his family as a child following a failed 1959 national uprising against Chinese rule, and continued his education in India. He later worked for the government of Sikkim, an Indian state and center of Tibetan culture, and then joined the India-based government in exile of the Dalai Lama.
Later still, he served as director of the exile community’s Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
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