2017 Conference Program

May  31, 2017


All Day   Speaker-Moderator Prep Meetings

4:30 PM  Registration & Welcome Reception

6:00 PM  Opening Banquet

June 1, 2017


9:00 AM  Keynote Lecture
by Susan Bassnett


11:00 AM  Plenary Session 1:
Translators & Intention

Panelists: Janet Gyatso, Anne Klein, Wulstan Fletcher, and Karl Brunnholzl

4:45 PM  Plenary Session 2:
Approaches to Translation &

Panelists: Luis Gomes, Susan Bassnett, and David Bellos

Discussion Sessions

2:30 PM

  1. Translation Theories Made Practical
  2. Exploring Approaches to Tibetan Translation 1: Responses to issues from the keynote
  3. Exploring Approaches to Tibetan Translation 2: Responses to panel discussions
  4. The Translator’s Intention
  5. Translation: Text Creation, Augmentation, and Creativity

June 2, 2017


9:00 AM  Keynote Lecture
by Jan Nattier


11:00 AM  Plenary Session 3:
Translating: What and How?

Panelists: Kurtis Schaeffer, Thupten Jinpa, Elizabeth Napper, and Sangye Khandro

Discussion Sessions

See below for detailed descriptions of the Translator’s Craft Sessions

Special Event

7:00 PM  Dinner & Evening Event
at Naropa University with:
Thupten Jinpa & Donald Lopez

June 3, 2017


9:00 AM  Keynote Lecture
by José Cabezón


11:00 AM  Plenary Session 4:
The Editorial Process Throughout
Creation and Completions Stages

Panelists: John Canti, Tom Yarnall, David Kittelstrom, and Emily Bower

4:45 PM  Plenary Session 5:
Translations in Transmission

Panelists: Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sarah Harding, Peter O’Hearn, and Ringu Tulku

Discussion Sessions

2:30 PM

  1. Large Scale, Multilingual (Skt/Tib) Projects: Philological, Technical, and Team Challenges and Solutions
  2. Editing for Practitioners: Presenting Liturgies, Commentaries, and Songs of Realization
  3. Teaching Buddhism in the Modern World
  4. Editing and Publishing Translations
  5. Transmission and Translation

Translator's Craft Sessions

Translator’s Craft Sessions are an opportunity to expand your repertoire and delve more deeply into topics relevant to translators of Tibetan texts. Each session will include readings and specific textual references provided before the conference for those who register

June 2, 2017

Translator’s Craft Session 1

2:30 PM

  1. Master Class on Kavya in Tibet following from a workshop on Tseten Zhabdrung’s commentary on poetics that was hosted at the Lhatse Library with Gendun Rabsel, Nicole Willock, Andy Quintman, and Kurtis Schaeffer.
  2. Languages of Contemplative Experience: Translating the Worlds of Dzogchen & Mahamudra with Anne Klein, Ken McLeod, and David Germano.
  3. Unique Registers and Specialized Terminology: Sanskrit and the Tibetan Language in Translation with Christian Wedemeyer and Art Engle.
  4. Working with Old Tibetan Sources with Jake Dalton and Brandon Dotson.
  5. Approaches to Transmission in the West: A Discussion with Contemporary Shedra Students with Bob Miller.

June 2, 2017

Translator’s Craft Session 2

4:45 PM

  1. Working with the Medium of the English Language with Wulstan Fletcher and Thupten Jinpa.
  2. Accuracy and Inspiration: Translating Mahamudra Texts with Elizabeth Callahan and Klaus-Dieter Mathes.
  3. Oddities and Curiosities in Tibetan Translation with David Jackson and Dan Martin.
  4. Using Technology Skillfully (Resources for Translators) with Kurt Keutzer, Paul Hackett, Dirk Schmidt, Gerry Wiener, and Nathan Hill.
  5. Approaches to Transmission in the West: New Voices & Old Traditions with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Ari Goldfield, Sarah Plazas, and Gyurme Avertin.

Conference officially ends

SUNDAY, June 4, 2017

(Optional Activities)

Exploring Boulder, CO 



Visit the Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center