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Providing 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.

Translation & Transmission

In recognition of the need for community and exchange, Tsadra Foundation and its partners develop meetings and conferences themed around the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism. The purpose of the Translation & Transmission 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. These conferences and meetings are not showcases for any single project or institution, but rather opportunities for all to gather in an open and collegial spirit to share knowledge and experience in the theatre of conversation and exchange.

These events are taking place at a critical juncture in the history of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. The ever-growing quantity of material now translated, transmitted, and taught in the West, thanks to the effort of scholars and translators over the last forty years or more, has reached a point that makes a wide-ranging evaluation of the process involved not only possible, but essential. These conference events are a chance for us to reflect upon, as individuals and as a group, these important processes and relationships.

If you are interested in information regarding Tsadra Foundation’s upcoming conference events, please add your email address to our conference mailing list.

Photography of both the 2014 and 2017 Translation & Transmission Conferences was done with much devotion and care by Marv Ross Photography

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The Conference Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets regularly in the years leading up to each conference, designing meetings that will be inclusive of all traditions and approaches to the translation and transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Comprised of international representatives from some of the most well-established translation groups and university programs, these master translators have more than 300 years of combined experience translating the Tibetan language. The committee itself represents the community building effort at the heart of the conference series.

José Cabezón (University of California, Santa Barbara)
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)

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Articles

Translating the Treasury of Precious Instructions

Following completion of the translation of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé’s 10-volume Treasury of Knowledge, Tsadra Foundation has embarked on the translation of Kongtrul’s 18-volume Treasury of Precious Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism (gdams ngag rin […]

The Shantarakshita Award for Excellence in Translation

Tsadra Foundation launched an award to honor excellence in the field of translating Tibetan texts into English in 2014. In order to make the award meaningful to the whole community of translators, a committee of twelve respected […]

Memorial for Luis Óscar Gómez

Luis Gómez passed away in Mexico City on September 3, 2017. He received his B.A. degree in 1963 from Universidad de Puerto Rico, enrolling there at age sixteen.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Buddhist Studies, Indic Philology, and […]

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