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Research and Publications

Research Fellowship

Since 1987 Tibet House offers a research fellowship in the name of Thonmi Sambhota, the seventh century scholar who developed the Tibetan script, to support research on Buddhist and Tibetan subjects. The first fellowship was awarded to Mr. Pema Dorjee for his research on ‘The Stupa and Its Technology: A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective’. It brings to light interesting facets of stupa construction and some of its hitherto little known aspects including associated rituals and traditions. The report was published by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in cooperation with Tibet House. The second Fellowship was awarded to Mr. Hortsang Jigme for his research on “History of Tibetan Music” in 1996 and the report is being published. Mrs. Chuki Dolma, the third fellowship holder, has presented the report of her research on the ‘Status of Tibetan Women” in 2003. The report has been published.

Consultation with Ven. T.C. Tara, Principal Secretary to HH the Dalai Lama about the Tibetan publication plans

Publications

Tibet House has encouraged and published a wide variety of works on religion, philosophy, history, and other aspects of Tibetan culture for scholars and general readers, both for Tibetan and non-Tibetan speakers.

The Encyclopaedia Tibetica, Volumes 1-137, is the most ambitious Tibetan publication to date. These collected works of Bodong Panchen Chogley Namgyal in Tibetan language cover the whole range of Buddhist literature such as art and history, philosophy, tantra etc. The complete work of this great scholar is found only in one handwritten manuscript in Tibet. A project of this publication was undertaken in the 1960s and is out of print. Tibet House is now planning to reproduce it in original pecha form.

The Sambhota Series is an ongoing series of academic books in Tibetan and English language. It was started in 1989.

The Journal Zamatog in Tibetan language includes materials for the study and research on various aspects of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Culture and related subjects, with special emphasis on art and history. This Journal was started in 1988 and so far seven volumes have been published with sixty eight articles by eminent Tibetan scholars.

Translations

Translating classic Tibetan manuscripts is another important activity. Since 1988, supported by the sponsorship of Mr. Joel McLeary, the translation of the Yamantaka Cycle Texts, a key series of texts concerning the path to enlightenment, is going on. Volume I contains ‘Instructions on the Generation and Completion Stages of the Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava’ by Tri Gyaltsen Senge; Volume II includes ‘Instructions on the Two Stages of the Thirteen Deity Vajrabhairava’ by Lhundub Pandita, and the Volume III contains ‘Retreat Manual of the Thirteen Deity Vajrabhairava’ by Ngulchu Dharma-bhadra and ‘Three Short Vajrabhairava Ritual Invocations’ by Lalita-vajra (written before 1050) and by Je Tsongkhapa (written about 1400). Sharpa Tulku, an incarnate lama experienced in Dharma translation, as well as Gareth Sparham, a Canadian Buddhist monk, and later Richard Guard all joined the translation team. Joya Roy undertook the work as managing editor for the project. These translations are available to persons who have received the initiation of Yamantaka.

 

Tibet House regularly publishes books, booklets and pamphlets on a variety of topics related to Tibetan culture, inter-religious tolerance and ecological responsibility as well as proceedings of seminars and commemorative volumes for many events. These are sold at nominal prices to make them accessible to many. And the ‘Tibet House Bulletin’, published biannually, keeps friends throughout the world informed about activities at Tibet House.