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.

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