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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

Dear friends,

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.


Eric Colombel

and the Directors of Tsadra Foundation

Treasury of Knowledge Review by Roger Jackson





The Review article by Roger Jackson

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.”
–Jay Garfield

What turns the continuous flow of experience into perceptually distinct objects?
Can our verbal descriptions unambiguously capture what it is like to see, hear, or feel?
How might we reason about the testimony that perception alone discloses?
Christian Coseru proposes a rigorous and highly original way to answer these questions
by developing a framework for understanding perception as a mode of apprehension that
is intentionally constituted, pragmatically oriented, and causally effective. By engaging
with recent discussions in phenomenology and analytic philosophy of mind, but also by
drawing on the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, Coseru offers a sustained argument
that Buddhist philosophers, in particular those who follow the tradition of inquiry
initiated by Dignāga and Dharmakīrti, have much to offer when it comes to explaining
why epistemological disputes about the evidential role of perceptual experience cannot
satisfactorily be resolved without taking into account the structure of our cognitive
awareness. Perceiving Reality examines the function of perception and its relation
to attention, language, and discursive thought, and provides new ways of conceptualizing
the Buddhist defense of the reflexivity thesis of consciousness–
namely, that each cognitive event is to be understood as involving a pre-reflective implicit
awareness of its own occurrence.
Coseru advances an innovative approach to Buddhist philosophy of mind in the form of
phenomenological naturalism, and moves beyond comparative approaches to philosophy
by emphasizing the continuity of concerns between Buddhist and Western philosophical
accounts of the nature of perceptual content and the character of perceptual consciousness.


Dr. Stefan Larsson’s dissertation has been published as volume 30 of Brill’s Tibetan Studies Library.

Crazy for Wisdom

The Making of a Mad Yogin in Fifteenth-Century Tibet

The book looks at the life of a young monk from the 15th-century named Sangyé Gyaltsen who became the famous “Madman of Tsang” and the eventual author of the Life of Milarepa. Read more about this book on Brill’s homepage.

The XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies will be held at the University of Vienna, Austria in August of 2014. More information can be found on the conference website:

It may be of some interest to know that a new website will be sharing reviews of academic dissertations online:

Although the dissertations will be from many areas of study, of interest to us is the section on Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. See the review of Dr. Nicole Willock’s dissertation on the sixth Tséten Zhapdrung Jikmé Rikpé Lodrö:  Tibetan Buddhist Polymath in Modern China.
Also see Dr. Nancy Lin’s Adapting the Buddha’s Biographies: A Cultural History of the Wish-Fulfilling Vine in Tibet, Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries.

The Thirteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies will be held in Ulaanbaatar Sunday 21 July to Saturday 27 July, 2013.

For more information see their new and developing website:

The Tsadra Foundation Contemplative Scholarships are now entering their third year. Here is some updated information about the scholarship recipients.


For more information on the scholarships and application procedures see the Scholarship Description on our website.

A private screening of a new movie about the great scholar and collector of Tibetan texts, E. Gene Smith, will be shown in Boulder on December 15th, 2011.

You are invited to a special preview of the upcoming documentary,
Digital Dharma, the story of E. Gene Smith, founder of the Tibetan
Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) and a pioneer in Tibetan Studies who
dedicated his life to finding, preserving and disseminating the rich
literary heritage of Tibet. Next week will mark one year since the
death of E. Gene Smith. An evening of remembrance on December 15th
will include a preview screening of Digital Dharma, the feature-length
HD documentary about Gene’s life’s work.

This sneak peek of the film will be hosted for hundreds of worldwide
fans of the film’s central character via the virtual environment
platform of vcopious™, a Philadelphia-based global virtual environment
technology provider. The live event will be streamed from The 8th
Floor, a gallery and screening room in New York City. The local Rocky
Mountain showing will be at:

University of Colorado, Boulder Campus
ATLS 1B31 (on 18th Ave if you’re coming from Broadway)
Thursday December 15, 2011
4-6 pm

Contact: Nicole Willock, University of Denver postdoctoral fellow

Update on Buddhist Studies resources on the web:

There are some new additions to Marcus Bingenheimer’s excellent resource “Glossaries for Buddhist Studies.”