The Examiner (Tasmania), Tarlia Jordan
28 Apr 2017, 3 p.m.
An international specialist in Buddhist art and culture will host a lecture in Launceston.
Zara Fleming, from the UK, will discuss the development of Tibet from the 6th century right through to the present day.
Fleming has had an interest in Tibet since her seventh birthday.
“My teacher told our class about the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the flight of the Dalai Lama into exile. Our school then raised funds for Tibetan refugee children. From then on I became fascinated by Tibet,” she said.
Fleming went on to study European art history and Museum’s
“At this time I knew nothing about Asian art and worked in antiques. Aged 21, my grandmother died and left me 200 pounds for travel, so I went overland to Nepal and worked in a school there,” she said.
“I learnt about Tibetan culture, met Tibetans escaping, met the Dalai Lama and when I returned to the UK got a job in the Victoria and Albert Museum, transferring to the Indian department.”
Fleming said Tibet was the biggest change.
“When I first went there it was the Tibet of my dreams, but today Chinese presence is everywhere,” she said.
Locals have been allowed to rebuild some of their monasteries and attend some religious ceremonies, Fleming said. Continue reading