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The Complete Rinchen Terdzö
Published by Shechen Monastery!

Thanks to the hard work of many people over the course of many years (and perhaps lifetimes), the most complete edition of the Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo (རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་མཛོད་ཆེན་མོ་) in seventy-one volumes is finished and printed.

Shechen Monastery held a celebration on March 29, 2018, to commemorate the conclusion of this important project. Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Shechen Monastery honored Dakpo Tulku Rinpoche and his team–Matthieu Ricard, along with Sean Price and Eric Colombel of Tsadra Foundation–who all put concerted effort into the project’s completion which was more than thirteen years in the making.

The Rinchen Terdzo text collection at Shechen Monastery.

Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, March 29, 2018.

Matthieu Ricard, Dakpo Tulku, and Eric Colombel of Tsadra Foundation.

Limited printed copies of the collection are available from Shechen Monastery. To access the entirety of the texts digitally, search through the collection, or learn more about it, see the online catalog here: Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo: The Great Treasury of Rediscovered Teachings.

The Rinchen Terdzö website presents a searchable catalog of all texts in the Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo and includes full unicode Tibetan texts with metadata. Currently, (2018) volumes 1-64 and 68 have been updated and we will finish work on the final volumes of the Shechen edition this year.

The Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo is the largest of the Five Treasuries that Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (‘jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha’ yas, 1813-1899) compiled throughout his life. This extraordinary collection is comprised of the main Rediscovered Treasures (gter ma) of Tibetan Buddhism and the texts necessary to bestow the related empowerments and explanations to practice them.

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo traveled for thirteen years throughout Central and Eastern Tibet in order to collect the texts and receive the transmissions for the many lineages that had become almost extinct and held by only a few people. The actual redaction and editing of the Rinchen Terdzö was accomplished by Jamgön Kongtrul at the monastery-hermitage of Dzongsho Deshek Dupa, a secluded mountain retreat located between Dzongsar and Kathok, where Khyentse Wangpo had revealed a set of termas related to the Eight Herukas (grub pa bka’ brgyad).

Wooden-blocks were then carved at Palpung Monastery creating a sixty-volume edition. From this edition, another set of wooden-blocks was carved at Tsurphu Monastery with three additional volumes. These three included the ‘dod ‘jo’i bum bzang, which was compiled by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) and is considered to be the “seed” of the Rinchen Terdzö, the autobiography of Jamgön Kongtrul, and the root text of Chogyur Lingpa’s Lamrim Yeshey Nyingpo with a detailed commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul. (Read more of the introduction by Matthieu Ricard.)

Visit the Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo: The Great Treasury of Rediscovered Teachings online to learn more about it!

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!




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


You can now view videos of each plenary session, listen to audio from workshops, and enjoy pictures from throughout the 2014 Translation & Transmission Conference on the updated conference website:


The Tsadra Foundation website has been completely redesigned and updated with information about all our areas of activity.




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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.

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.


The Advanced Contemplative Scholarship program was launched in 2009 under the direction of Anthony Chapman and the first scholarships were awarded for retreat in 2010. Now in 2011 the second cohort of recipients are in retreat and we can provide some more information about this fascinating and successful scholarship program. The Tsadra Foundation’s Contemplative Program supports the practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the form of long-term retreat, primarily through three-year retreat programs for advanced practitioners. The scholarships discussed here are not for short dharma programs. Instead they are designed to target those people who show a long-term commitment to the development of Tibetan Buddhism in Western culture through the combined study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, the hallmark of Tsadra Foundation’s activity.

Currently there are 39 people supported in long-term retreat through two programs: the Tsadra Foundation Contemplative Program and the Tsadra Foundation Advanced Contemplative Scholarship (TFACS) Program. The Contemplative Program is at the center of Tsadra Foundation’s mission and was initiated at the very beginning of the Foundation’s existence in the year 2000. The Contemplative Program was not open to unsolicited applications and has been only for the most advanced practitioners who have already completed at least one three-year retreat. The new TFACS program invites applications and is open to those intending to enter retreat in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Spain. One does not need to have completed a three-year retreat previously to apply. There continues to be a rigorous screening process involving assessment of both the individual applicant and the retreat program to which they are committing, but the application is open to those wishing to enter into three-year retreat for the first time in any Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Application information can be found online at

The Tsadra Foundation Contemplative Program currently supports fourteen people in three-year retreat programs and one person in individual retreat. The  TFACS program supports seven people in three-year retreat programs continuing on with their 2010 scholarships and fifteen new people in three-year retreat centers with another two people in special individual retreats. In the first year, the TFACS program had fifteen applications and ten were accepted, eight women and two men from the United States and France. In the second year, 17 applicants were selected from 21 initial applications. This year, the six women and eleven men are from the United States (5), France (1), Spain (4), and the United Kingdom (7).

Tsadra Foundation Contemplative Program Statistics:

Year 11 (2011): 15 retreatants

TFACS: Tsadra Foundation Advanced Contemplative Scholarship Program

Year 2 (2011): 24 retreatants (7 continuing from last year with 17 new recipients)

Total people currently in retreat

2011: 39 retreatants

By Retreat Type

36 in Three-year retreat : 3 in Solitary retreat

By Gender

18 Women : 21 Men

By Region

18 US : 10 FR : 4 Spain : 7 U.K.

For more information please see the scholarship section at


Tsadra Foundation’s Advanced Buddhist Studies Scholarship program was launched in 2009 under the direction of Tsadra Fellow Elizabeth Callahan and the first recipients began study at monastic colleges in India and Nepal in 2010.

Tsadra Foundation’s Advanced Studies Scholarships provide Western Buddhists with an opportunity for in-depth study of Buddhist philosophical literature in the Tibetan language. The foundation offers three-year scholarships to Westerners who wish to study at Tibetan Buddhist institutes in India and Nepal. Scholarships are not limited to specific institutes nor to any specific tradition. However, please note that these scholarships are not available for translator or interpreter training programs.

The Advanced Buddhist Studies Scholarship program accepted 11 students for 2010 and another seven for 2011. These scholarship recipients have committed to three years of intensive study at institutions in India and Nepal and regularly report to the director of the scholarship program about their studies and experiences. This scholarship program is designed for people who are ready to enter into a “shedra” program where classes are taught entirely in Tibetan. This means that applicants already have a good grasp of Tibetan language and Buddhist studies before applying and often have completed many years of study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

So far the current scholarship recipients attend six different institutions:


Group A 

(started in 2010)

Group B(started in 2011)
Institute of Buddhist Dialectics 1 2
Vajra Vidya Institute 5 1
Rangjung Yeshe MA+ 4 2
Rangjung Yeshe PhD 1
Sera Je 1
Shugseb Shedra 1

Current statistics for the scholarship recipients:

Country of Origin

Group A (started in 2010) Group B (started in 2011)
USA 4 3
Canada 1
Mexico 1
Argentina 1
UK 1 1
France 1
Austria 1 1
Greece 1
Switzerland 1
New Zealand 1


Primary Languages

Group A Group B
English 7 5
French 1 1
German 1 1
Spanish 1
Greek 1


Group A Group B
Women 5 3
Men 6 4

Self identified lineage associations:


Group A Group B
Nyingma 1
Shangpa Kagyu 1
Karma Kagyu 7 2
Sakya 1
Geluk 1 2
Rime 1
Unknown 1 1

More information and applications can be found online at