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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: http://chodhealing.org/
Follow-up Retreats July 18-23, 2017
- Chöd Retreat: The Ear-Whispered Lineage of Ganden with Kunze Chimed (Mongolian scholar, writer and singer) & Chöying Khandro. Click here for more information and registration
- Tibetan Healing Chöd with Drüpon Lama Karma. Click here for more information and registration
- 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…
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 www.taramandala.org.
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
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.
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
6:30 PM Closing Session & Award Announcements
7:00 PM Closing Dinner
Hosted by Tsadra Foundation
The American Institute of Buddhist Studies
Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies
Tibet House US
Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder
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.
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 Marcus@tsadra.org
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
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:
- A Garland of Views: A Guide to View, Meditation, and Result in the Nine Vehicles by Padmasambhava and Jamgon Mipham.
- Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book 1, Jigme Lingpa, commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche
- Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book 2 Vajrayana and the Great Perfection, Jigme Lingpa, commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche
- Counsels from My Heart, Dudjom Rinpoche
- Introduction to the Middle Way, Chandrakirti, commentary by Jamgön Mipham
- The Adornment of the Middle Way, Shantarakshita, commentary by Jamgön Mipham
- 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: http://www.tsadra.org
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: http://maitripa.org/resources-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.
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.
The Tsadra Foundation and Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder are collaborating on a conference, “Translating Buddhist Luminaries: A Conference on Ecumenism and Tibetan Translation,” scheduled for April 18-20, 2013 on the CU Boulder campus.
Buddhist luminaries, clustered in eastern Tibet in the nineteenth-century, composed numerous short texts of advice that are lively in their use of language and poignant in their pith instructions. This conference explores a range of such texts of advice, which are animated in their use of language and convey a strong sense of the Tibetan author’s voice, tone and style. Through the conference, we hope to stimulate a discussion about the ways in which we can approach authorial voice and literary style in the translation of Tibetan texts.
The conference includes a distinguished panel that is free and open to the public:
Ecumenism in Tibet: Panel with Ringu Tulku & Visiting Scholars
7pm on Thursday, April 18th
British Studies Room on 5th floor of Norlin Library at CU Boulder
In nineteenth-century Tibet, a circle of Buddhist luminaries worked tirelessly to collect a compile a wide range of teachings in order to preserve their distinctive practice traditions. These collections and the ecumenical impulse they represent have been important to preserving Tibet’s unique tantric heritage in the diaspora. What was the approach to ecumenism among these luminaries? How has their approach and legacy impacted Tibetan Buddhism as it has grown and taken root beyond the Tibetan plateau? How should we understand the ongoing significance of their work?
Ringu Tulku is a leading experts on ecumenism in Tibet. Holder of an Acharya degree and author of The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Ringu Tulku is an avid translator and author as well as the founder of Bodhicharya International and abbot of Rigul Monastery.
Sarah Harding, Naropa University
Michael Sheehy, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
Douglas Duckworth, East Tennessee State University
Holly Gayley, University of Colorado at Boulder
In conjunction with the conference, Tsadra is hosting an Open House at the new location of their Research Center in Boulder at 2930 Island Drive, Boulder, CO. Driving directions: Take 28th street north to Kalmia. Take a right on Kalmia and your first left onto Island Drive. It will be the stucco and red stone house on the right side. Please try to carpool. This is a residential neighborhood, and it would be nice to have fewer cars parked on the street.
This conference is co-sponsored by the Tsadra Foundation and the Center for Asian Studies with additional support from the Center for Humanities & the Arts and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Oct 26, 2012
We are delighted to announce that the final volume of the ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge Series has now been published. This brings to completion a project begun by the previous Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche and his students over 25 years ago, and is – to quote Roger Jackson in his article to appear in Buddhadharma – “a signal event in the transmission of Buddhism to the West”.
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge not only the translators who completed this work, but also the great number of individuals who participated in the early translation efforts in Bodhgaya and Sonada, India, in the early years, the many Rinpoches and Khenpos who offered their encouragement and assistance throughout the translation process, and those who offered sponsorship in first difficult years.
Tsadra Foundation was established in 2000 and very quickly decided this was a project worthy of its support. Collaborating with Bokar Tulku Rinpoche (who had taken over responsibility for the project from the previous Kalu Rinpoche) and with Snow Lion Publications we were able to provide stable financial and logistical support to move the project ahead.
Today we see the fruit of all these years of effort, dedication and commitment. We invite you all to take a moment and join us in celebrating this extraordinary accomplishment. Attached below you will find Roger Jackson’s full article that will appear in the Winter 2012 Edition of Buddhadharma: The Buddhist Practitioner’s Quarterly.
and the Directors of Tsadra Foundation
from Buddhadharma: The Buddhist Practitioner’s Quarterly, Winter 2012 edition.
“Perceiving Reality is a masterful study of Buddhist epistemology.
It is first and foremost a substantial contribution to the philosophical
literature, developing a compelling account of epistemic authority in the
context of the phenomenology of perception. It is also an excellent study of
Indian Buddhist epistemological inquiry. The philology is impeccable.
But it is always in the service of philosophy.
Philosophers and Buddhologists must pay attention to Coseru’s book.”
namely, that each cognitive event is to be understood as involving a pre-reflective implicit
awareness of its own occurrence.