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May 31 – June 3, 2017

2017 Translation & Transmission Conference

At the University of Colorado, Boulder

Translation and Transmission Conference

May 31 – June 3, 2017
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Tsadra 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 May 31st to June 3rd, 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 CU Law School, May 31st through June 3rd, 2017.

Registration & Welcome Banquet Location Updated!

UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom & South Terrace
1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Conference Location

Colorado Law School
2450 Kittredge Loop Dr. (near corner of Broadway and Baseline)
Boulder, Colorado 80309

Walking and biking are the best ways to get to the venue. The easiest way to arrive and depart the conference will be via the shuttles from the Millennium Hotel. Details will be provided at registration.

Keynote Speakers

Day 1:   Susan Bassnett  (Warwick)
Day 2:  Jan Nattier  (Soka University)
Day 3:  José Cabezón  (UCSB)

More than 250 attendees have already registered for the conference! Representatives from 44 sanghas and translation groups and 34 universities will be joining us for workshops and discussion sessions throughout the weekend. You can see the full list of speakers and presenters here.

The program schedule is finalized and you can see the details in the above dropdown menu: Program Page.


Please email to be put on the wait list. If you are staff, a speaker, or a special guest and have not registered, please notify us at the above email as soon as possible.

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:

Naropa University
The American Institute of Buddhist Studies
Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies
Tibet House US
Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder
Shambhala Publications
The Khyentse Foundation
84000 Project

with the support of:

Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Maitripa College, Wisdom Publications,
and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Visit the interactive program of the 2017 Conference!

Translating verses for the 2017 Conference!

There are many possible translations of any text, all of which can be correct even as they vary in word choice and style. To illustrate this and add to the enjoyment of the conference, we offer these few verses to the community of translators.

Submit your version of an English translation and you will be entered to win prizes.

Download the Tibetan text and submit your translation here…