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Summer Intensive Tibetan Courses

Are you looking to develop your Tibetan language skills? Opportunities abound for language study this summer in the United States and South Asia. Most programs offer either classical or colloquial courses, and many are offered for credit through affiliated universities. Online courses are also available in self-study and interactive formats and are a great way to get started right away.


Tsadra Foundation’s Research Center will offer for the first time a short intensive program this summer during the last two weeks of August (13 – 25). The courses, offered for three levels of students–beginning, intermediate, and advanced–will combine the study of spoken and written Tibetan with opportunities to develop skills in translation and oral interpretation for advanced students. Lama Sarah Harding will teach the advanced reading class and Doctor Jules Levinson will facilitate oral interpretation practice from Tibetan to English. Visit the website for more information.

Colloquial Tibetan Studies

University of Virginia’s Summer Language Institute offers an intensive course in colloquial Tibetan which runs for eight weeks (June 17 – August 10) and is hosted on campus at UVa in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Franziska Oertle, who has taught Tibetan at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal and the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics near Dharamsala, India, will be teaching alongside her colleague Gen Phuntsok Dorje this summer. The course is offered for the equivalent of twelve academic credits, but also for non-credit-earning study. More information can be found here. 

University of Wisconsin’s South Asia Summer Language Institute will also offer summer intensive courses in modern South Asian languages, including colloquial Tibetan and Sanskrit, from June 18 through August 10 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Apply for this program here. 

For those interested in travel to South Asia, two notable programs for colloquial Tibetan language study are Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies (RYI) and Esukhia. RYI also offers classical Tibetan courses on campus in Kathmandu.

RYI’s summer intensive programs offer three levels–beginner, intermediate, and advanced–of colloquial and classical Tibetan, and two levels–beginner and intermediate–of Sanskrit. These programs run from June 13 through August 10. Students have the option to live with Tibetan host families, experience the bustling city of Kathmandu, and explore sacred sites in the surrounding valleys. Read more information about these courses and apply for them here. 

Esukhia, based in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India, runs a summer intensive program in Ladakh for either one or two months of study starting July 2 and running through August 25. This program features homestay experiences with Tibetan families living in the small town of Choglamsar just outside of Leh. Visit Esukhia’s website here. 

Classical Tibetan Studies

Studying classical Tibetan is also a possibility in an intensive format this summer, both for-credit and not-for-credit. Maitripa College, in Portland, Oregon, offers intensive classical Tibetan language study which introduces students to vocabulary and grammatical structures and guides them through translating portions of texts by the end of the eight weeks. Read more about Maitripa’s program here. 

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California offers an intermediate-level classical Tibetan course through the Dharmachakra School of Translation which is accredited by Kathmandu University. The course is based on Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s summer intensive courses, but available with the backdrop of the Eel River in the coastal range of Northern California. Find more information about this program here. 

Another program in California, USA, The Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, will offer second-year classical Tibetan and Sanskrit this summer. The program is best suited for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Read more about this course here. 

Online Study

If you are unable to travel this summer, not to worry! Possibilities for online study are plentiful.

The University of Toronto offers two levels of classical Tibetan study based on Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan entirely online. The introductory course is twelve weeks long and will introduce you to the needed grammatical structures to learn to translate from Tibetan to English. Students can work with a moderator and study for credit through the University of Toronto. If you are not seeking credit, the entire course is freely available for self-study. You can begin studying at any time by visiting this website.

Esukhia offers one-on-one colloquial Tibetan classes online over Skype using a curriculum they developed based on vigorous research into language learning pedagogy. Sign up and start studying immediately.

Rangjung Yeshe Institute also offers two semesters of classical Tibetan courses online and a self-study Tibetan alphabet course. Completing the two semester-length online courses will prepare you to attend most intermediate-level classical Tibetan courses. Both semesters can be taken for academic credit and feature a course moderator in addition to the online course materials. The courses can also be taken on a self-study basis. Read about the courses and apply for them here. 

David Curtis offers courses in classical Tibetan via teleconference through the Tibetan Language Institute. A new round of David’s courses begins in April. Sign up here. 

Neljorma Tendron teaches four levels of online classes which are focused on comprehension of dharma terminology with the aim of reading and understanding one’s liturgical practice texts. Visit her website here for more information. 

Sonam Chusang, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, hosts beginning classes in the Tibetan alphabet, pronunciation, and spelling, and a beginning level of both colloquial and classical Tibetan. You can read more about these classes here.

~ Shambhala Publications Book Launch ~

The Just King

The Tibetan Buddhist Classic on Leading an Ethical Life

By Jamgön Mipham, Translated by José Ignacio Cabezón

The Buddhist luminary Jamgön Mipham wrote a letter on leadership to the king of Dergé, whose small kingdom straddled China and Tibet during a particularly turbulent period. This work stresses compassion, impartiality, self-control, and virtue as essential for long-lasting success—whether as a leader or an individual trying to live a meaningful life. Both present-day leaders and those they lead will find this classic work, finally available in English, profoundly illuminating on political, societal, and personal levels.

Join us for some refreshments, snacks, and a discussion with Professor José Cabezón on ethical leadership according to the great Tibetan master Mipham.

When: June 4, 6pm

Where: Shambhala Publications event space and book store, 4720 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301

Two sessions at the upcoming Translation & Transmission Conference will be open to the public. Seating is limited. Please register by following the links at the bottom of the sessions you’re interested in attending.

1 ~ Approaches to Transmission in the West: A Discussion with Contemporary Shedra Students

with Robert Miller, Katrin Querl, Simon Houlton, Matt Weiss & Gerd Klintschar

Public Session 1 • Room 204, 2nd Floor • 2:30 PM, June 2, 2017

For westerners looking to study at the highest level in the Tibetan Buddhist World, there are significant barriers. Would you enroll in a Tibetan monastic college in India or Nepal? Meet four westerners who did just that, several of whom still continue their rigorous decade of study today. This session will be a public discussion with Robert Miller, who was director of education at a monastery in India, and four western students from Tibetan monastic colleges: Katrin Querl (Drikung Kagyu College, Dehra Dun), Simon Houlton (Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala), Matt Weiss (Sera Je Monastic University, Bylakuppe), and Gerd Klintschar (Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu).

Register for Public Session #1 here!


2 ~ Approaches to Transmission in the West: New Voices & Old Traditions

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Ari Goldfield, Sarah Plazas & Gyurme Avertin

Public Session 2 • Wittemeyer Hall • 4:45 PM, June 2, 2017

What does genuine transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the west look like? How can we be active participants in this process? What role do translators and western teachers have in this globalized process? What is transmission, really? Two western teachers and two translators will discuss all these issues and more in this wonderful meeting of minds.

Register for Public Session #2 here!



Chod Zhije Conference 2017

UPDATE! Conference rates have been reduced!

Sponsored by Tsadra Foundation, Shambhala Publications, and Wisdom Publications.

Tara Mandala and Lama Tsultrim Allione will be hosting a unique conference on Chöd and Zhijé traditions that will include presentations from our friends Sarah Harding, Amelia Hall, Dan Martin, Sangye Khandro, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, and many other luminaries.

Register now for discounted Early Bird pricing for the Historic First International Chod-Zhijé Conference July 12-16, 2017 at Tara Mandala. Practice retreats to follow July 18-23, 2017. This conference will bring together leading scholars and teachers of the unique Tibetan Buddhist lineages of Chöd and Zhijé in their various forms. To register, and for more information please click here:

Follow-up Retreats July 18-23, 2017

Confirmed Speakers

  • Lama Tsultrim Allione, founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala, is author of Feeding your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict and Women of Wisdom and a teacher of Chöd.
  • Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingthig, Zhije, and Chöd traditions, is founder of the only monastery dedicated to Chöd teachings in Nepal.
  • Venerable Drüpon Lama Karma is renowned as a genuine retreat master throughout Bhutan, having spent 13 years in strict meditation retreats, and has been one of the most important Bhutanese lamas to disseminate the teachings of Terton Pedgyal Lingpa. He teaches the Chöd Rinchen Threngwa and the Chöd practice of Laughter of the Dakinis from the Longchen Nyingtik Tradition, among other practices.
  • Sarah Harding translated Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd, and Dudjom Lingpa’s cycle of Thröma Nakmo with Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. As a fellow of the Tsadra Foundation, she recently completed the volume on Chöd in Jamgön Kongtrul’s Treasury of Precious Instructions. She is Professor at Naropa University.
  • Dan Martin, Ph.D., is a literary translator for the Institute of Tibetan Classics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written extensively on the Zhije tradition and Padampa Sangye.
  • Sangye Khandro is a highly esteemed Tibetan translator; during the past forty years she has translated many of the liturgies that accompany the Dudjom Tersar terma tradition of Chöd, and has lead numerous retreats.
  • Michael Sheehy, Ph.D., is the Director of Programs at the Mind & Life Institute, and an Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “Severing the Source of Fear: Contemplative Dynamics of the Tibetan Buddhist gCod Tradition.
  • Amelia Hall, Ph.D., received her doctorate at Oxford University; her dissertation translates and reflects upon the biography of HH Kunzang Dechen Lingpa and his development of a Healing Chöd practice presented in the West. She is Assitant Professor at Naropa University.
  • Kunze Chimed is a Mongolian Chöd singer, and practitioner and teacher of Chöd in the Gelugpa tradition. She has published the Manual of Chöd Practice, among other works.
  • Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Diego. Working with the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and the Jamyang Foundation, she is closely in touch with Chöd practitioners in India, Mongolia, Nepal, and Siberia.
  • Michelle Sorensen, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Western Carolina University. Her dissertation is entitled “Making the Old New Again and Again: Legitimation and Innovation in the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition.” She continues to research and write extensively on Machig Labdrön and Chöd philosophy and practice.
  • Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., teaches various meditation practices, including Chöd and Tibetan Yoga through Ligmincha Institute, founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He is the author ofChöd Practice in the Bön Tradition.
  • Bhikhuni Jampa Sangmo Karuna has been a practitioner of Gelug Chöd since 1989. She studied with Jetsün Dhampa Khalka Rinpoche for 7 years and currently lives in the mountains of Switzerland at the Chöd Center under the guidance of Lodro Tulku Rinpoche.
  • Naksang Rinpoche was recognized as a tulku by HH the 14th Dalai Lama and completed the traditional three-year meditation retreat in a cave in the Indian Himalayas. He will share the unique healing Chöd ceremony from the mind treasure of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa.
  • Sarah Jacoby, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is the author of Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro.
  • Ācārya Malcolm Smith is a senior student of Dzogchen masters Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and the late Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. His most recent published translation is Buddhahood in This Life: The Great Commentaryby Vimalamitra.
  • Chöying Khandro, M.A., holds the complete transmissions of the “Ganden Ensa Ear-Whispered Lineage” and “The Machig Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage” from her teacher, the late 9th Khalkha Jetsun Dampa. Over the last three decades she has brought this rare Machig Dakini lineage to the West by translating the complete texts and leading retreats.
  • Tina Lang is a graduate student in Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she is focusing on the practice and study of Chöd.
  • And others…

Conference Venue/Host

Tara Mandala is an international Buddhist organization supporting the development of wisdom and compassion, with a primary focus on the lineage of Machig Labdrön in both its ancient Tibetan forms and its modern adaptations. Founded by Lama Tsultrim Allione and David Petit in 1993, Tara Mandala Retreat Center is located on 700 acres outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and is home to the Trikaya Tara Temple. See


Join us at the University of Colorado, Boulder, May 31 – June 3, 2017

Attendees and speakers must all register online.


Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible.

More than 200 translators, practitioners, scholars, and specialists in Tibetan language will be meeting together for workshops and discussion sessions throughout the weekend. You can see the full list of speakers and presenters here.

2017 Translation & Transmission Conference
Program Overview

WEDNESDAY, May  31, 2017

4:30 PM  Registration & Welcome Reception at the UMC, Boulder Campus

6:00 PM  Welcome Banquet at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC, Boulder Campus

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017


Keynote Lecture by Susan Bassnett – 9:00 AM  


Plenary Session 1: Translators & Intention – 11:00 AM 

Panelists: Janet Gyatso, Anne Klein, Wulstan Fletcher, and Karl Brunnholzl

Discussion Sessions – 2:30 PM

1. Translation Theories Made Practical
2. Exploring Approaches to Tibetan Translation 1: Responses to issues from the keynote
3. Exploring Approaches to Tibetan Translation 2: Responses to panel discussions
4. The Translator’s Intention
5. Translation: Text Creation, Augmentation, and Creativity


Plenary Session 2: Approaches to Translation & Transmission – 4:45 PM 

Panelists: Luis Gomes, Susan Bassnett, and David Bellos

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017


Keynote Lecture by Jan Nattier – 9:00 AM  


Plenary Session 3: Translating: What and How? – 11:00 AM  

Panelists: Kurtis Schaeffer, Thupten Jinpa, Elizabeth Napper, and Sangye Khandro

Translator’s Craft Session 1 – 2:30 PM

1. Master Class on Kavya in Tibet following from a workshop on Tseten Zhabdrung’s commentary on poetics that was hosted at the Latse Library with Gendun Rabsel, Nicole Willock, Andy Quintman, and Kurtis Schaeffer.

2. Languages of Contemplative Experience: Translating the Worlds of Dzogchen & Mahamudra with Anne Klein, Ken McLeod, and David Germano.

3. Unique Registers and Specialized Terminology: Sanskrit and the Tibetan Language in Translation with Christian Wedemeyer and Art Engle.

4. Working with Old Tibetan Sources with Jake Dalton and Brandon Dotson.

5. Public Session: Approaches to Transmission in the West: A Discussion with Contemporary Shedra Students and Robert Miller (Lozang Zopa).

Translator’s Craft Session 2 – 4:45 PM

1. Working with the Medium of the English Language with Wulstan Fletcher and Thupten Jinpa.

2. Accuracy and Inspiration: Translating Mahamudra Texts with Elizabeth Callahan and Klaus-Dieter Mathes.

3. Oddities and Curiosities in Tibetan Translation with David Jackson and Dan Martin.

4. Using Technology Skillfully (Resources for Translators) with Kurt Keutzer, Paul Hackett, Gerry Wiener, and Nathan Hill.

5. Public Session: Approaches to Transmission in the West: New Voices & Old Traditions with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, Ari Goldfield, Sarah Plazas, and Gyurme Avertin.

Special Event!

Dinner & Evening Event at Naropa University – 7:00 PM  
with Thupten Jinpa & Donald Lopez

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017


Keynote Lecture by José Cabezón – 9:00 AM  


Plenary Session 4: The Editorial Process Throughout Creation and Completions Stages – 11:00 AM  

Panelists: John Canti, Tom Yarnall, David Kittelstrom, and Emily Bower

Discussion Sessions – 2:30 PM

1. Large Scale, Multilingual (Skt/Tib) Projects: Philological, Technical, and Team Challenges and Solutions
2. Editing for Practitioners: Presenting Liturgies, Commentaries, and Songs of Realization
3. Editing and Disseminating Buddhist Materials
4. Editing and Publishing Translations
5. Transmission and Translation


Plenary Session 5: Translations in Transmission – 4:45 PM  

Panelists: Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sarah Harding, Peter O’Hearn, and Ringu Tulku

Closing Sessions

6:30 PM  Closing Session & Award Announcements

7:00 PM Closing Dinner

Hosted by Tsadra Foundation

Co-sponsored by:

Naropa University
The American Institute of Buddhist Studies
Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies
Tibet House US
Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder
Shambhala Publications
The Khyentse Foundation

with the support of:

Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Maitripa College, Wisdom Publications,
and the University of Colorado, Boulder Religious Studies Department


Save the Date! June 1-4, 2017

2017 Translation and Transmission Conference

At the University of Colorado, Boulder

The Foundation, in consultation with all the partners, sponsors, conference steering committee members, and speakers from the 2014 Translation & Transmission Conference is proud to announce the second conference in the Translation & Transmission Series, which will take place June 1-4, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. In light of the universal support and positive feedback we received for the previous conference, we feel that it is important to continue the conversation and community building that the 2014 conference facilitated.

The purpose of this conference series is to provide an international forum for sustained dialogue and the sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as for collective reflection on the larger cultural and societal dimensions of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary sphere. This conference is not a showcase for any single project or institution but an opportunity for all to gather in an open and collegial spirit.

In the spring of 2017 the conference will convene in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center, June 1st through 4th, 2017.

Keynote Speakers:

Day 1: Susan Bassnett (Warwick)

Day 2: Jan Nattier (Washington)

Day 3: José Cabezón (UCSB)


Translators – Day 1

1. Janet Gyatso (Harvard)

2. Anne Klein (Rice University, Dawn Mountain)

3. Wulstan Fletcher (Padmakara, Tsadra)

4. Karl Brunnholzl (Nitartha Institute, Nalandabodhi)

Translating – Day 2

1. Kurtis Schaeffer (University of Virginia)

2. Thupten Jinpa (Institute of Tibetan Classics)

3. Elizabeth Napper (Tibetan Nuns Project)

Translations – Day 3

1. John Canti (84000, Padmakara)

2. Tom Yarnall (AIBS, Columbia, Tibet House US)

3. David Kittelstrom (Wisdom Publications)

4. Sarah Harding (Tsadra, Naropa University)

Workshop presenters are still to be invited but will include more than 32 other translators and specialists in Tibetan language.

The program schedule is still being planned and announcements will be made as soon as possible. Please sign up to receive the conference newsletter if you plan to attend or would like more information about the conference.

Registration will open online in Summer 2016.

If you or your organization wishes to donate to the conference effort or become a sponsor of the conference, please contact

The Conference Steering Committee

John Canti (Padmakara Translation Group & 84000)

Wulstan Fletcher (Padmakara Translation Group & Tsadra Foundation)

Holly Gayley (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Sarah Harding (Naropa University & Tsadra Foundation)

Thupten Jinpa (Institute of Tibetan Classics)

Anne Klein (Rice University & Dawn Mountain)

Marcus Perman (Tsadra Foundation)

Andrew Quintman (Yale University)

Kurtis Schaeffer (University of Virginia)

Tom Yarnall (Columbia University & AIBS)

Hosted by Tsadra Foundation

Co-sponsored by

The American Institute of Buddhist Studies,
Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, and Tibet House US

Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder


Shambhala Publications

Wulstan Fletcher John Canti
Tsadra Foundation would like to congratulate two of its long-time Fellows on having been selected to receive the 2016 Khyentse Foundation Fellowship Award. Wulstan Fletcher and John Canti, who are also founding members of the Padmakara Translation Group, have been selected for this honor in recognition of their “service to the Buddhadharma.”

Wulstan, John, and the Padmakara Translation Group are well known for their translation work in both English and French. From the essential Words of My Perfect Teacher, to the advanced philosophical Adornment of the Middle Way, they have provided thousands of seekers and students with access to key Tibetan Buddhist teachings. We congratulate them on their many accomplishments!

One of the objectives of Tsadra Foundation has been to bring recognition and appreciation to senior translators and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, and to the role they are playing in making these extraordinary teachings available to a wider western audience. Wulstan, John, and other members of Padmakara have been supported by Tsadra Foundation for over 15 years in order that they be able to dedicate themselves fully to their practice and translation of the Dharma. The result of such focused dedication is evident in the outstanding quality and accuracy, recognized by all, of the Padmakara Translation Group’s publications. Currently Wulstan is continuing his translation activities supported by Tsadra Foundation while John is now dedicating most of his time to the 84,000 translation project.

We rejoice in the recent increase of support for translators and their work as more organizations recognize the importance of their roles in the transmission of Buddhism in the West. We hope, that other organizations and groups will likewise honor and financially support the work of all of these individuals, be they independent or a part of organized translation groups, from academia or from the Buddhist practice community.

Here is a short list of some of Padmakara’s work accomplished as Tsadra Foundation Fellows:

    1. A Garland of Views: A Guide to View, Meditation, and Result in the Nine Vehicles by Padmasambhava and Jamgon Mipham.
    2. Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book 1, Jigme Lingpa, commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje,   Kangyur Rinpoche
    3. Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book 2 Vajrayana and the Great Perfection, Jigme Lingpa, commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche 
    4. Counsels from My Heart, Dudjom Rinpoche
    5. Introduction to the Middle Way, Chandrakirti, commentary by Jamgön Mipham
    6. The Adornment of the Middle Way, Shantarakshita, commentary by Jamgön Mipham
    7. Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva’s “Way of the Bodhisattva,” Kunzang Pelden

For more information on Tsadra Foundation and its Translation and Publication Programs, please visit our website:


Professor Jim Blumenthal, a wonderful example of a kind human being who skillfully blended practice and scholarship of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away last week. Sadly, Jim was to be present at the recent Translation & Transmission Conference, but was unable to make it due to his declining health. There is a memorial website you can contribute to here: MuchLoved

Maitripa College, which he helped to create, also has a page in honor of Jim:

Bodhisattva’s Breakfast Corner: Remembering Jim Blumenthal

Maitripa College will be hosting A Celebration of Life for Jim on October 26th at 1:30 pm at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Open to all.

H-Buddhism Obituary: 

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that our friend and colleague James Blumenthal passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer over the course of the past year.

Jim was known by his students and his colleagues as a generous, kind, and gentle person. Students at Oregon State University flocked to his courses on the history and philosophy of Buddhism, often forming relationships with him that would last well beyond their academic career at the University. He was a key figure in the development of both Asian Studies and Religious Studies at Oregon State, the latter of which has re-emerged as an academic major program in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. He was also a founding faculty member and prized teacher at Maitripa College, a Buddhist College in Portland, Oregon, which is dedicated to transforming higher education through following the model of Indian and Tibetan monastic Universities.

Jim’s academic career in the study of religion began at the University of San Diego, where he received an Honors B.A. in Religious Studies. His graduate training was at the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with Geshe Lhundup Sopa, earning both an M.A. and a Ph.D. while focusing on the work of the Indian teacher Śāntarakṣita. He later published analytical and translation works on Indian Mahāyāna based upon and extending this research, including The Ornament of The Middle Way: A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Śāntarakṣita (2004) and Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning (2004). He had recently completed, with Geshe Lhundup Sopa, a translation of the Lamrim Chenmo, Chapter 4, and was pursuing the publication of a translation of Śāntarakṣita’s Madhyamakālaṃkāravṛtti. In addition to his work on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka philosophy, he also published and taught extensively on Engaged Buddhism in Theravāda and Tibetan Buddhist contexts. Jim greatly enjoyed philosophical debate and was able to subtly engage and often disarm his opponents while still finding a way to make sure everyone had a good laugh in the process.

Jim will be especially missed for the quiet, calm, and joyful presence that he brought to our academic community.

Stuart Ray Sarbacker
Oregon State University

See more from OSU here: Buddhist Scholar James Blumenthal Dies at 47

Jim’s Madhyamākalaṃkāra (དབུ་མ་རྒྱན་), or The Ornament of the Middle Way.

Cover from Blumenthal, James_2004_Shantarakshita's Ornament of the Middle Way_Snow Lion Publications

Graduate of the Indo-Tibetan Studies program at the University of Virginia, Doctor Daniel E. Perdue, author of Debate in Tibetan Buddhism (published by Snow Lion in 1992), passed away on November 18th, 2013. Obituaries can be found at H-Net, The Roanoke Times, and Richmond Times Dispatch.

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