Our first text has already been identified and we have one of Easy Tibetan’s more senior students to task on it. It is a short and very interesting text on a female Buddhist practitioner named Tamdrin Lhamo (1923-1979). She was the daughter of a great Dzogchen practitioner Changchub Dorje (1826?-1961/1978?) who was the root guru of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (1938-2018). There will be great interest in the propagation of this translation and we will, with the final translation, both publish on Tib Shelf and add more information to the short biography that has been written on Treasury of Lives.
Getsé Lama Jigmé Ngotsar Gyatso
Well known by Nyingma followers, heart-son of Jimgé Lingpa, teacher to the likes of Dza Patrül Rinpoché and Jigmé Gyalwé Nyugu, a Nyingtik enthusiast, and born among the nomads of Getsé, Jigmé Ngotsar Gyatso’s story is central to the Nyingma lineages and teachings in Kham. We can’t wait to share more about his life through this short biographical account.
Tri Detsugtsen (704?–755? CE) ascended the throne at the age of 7 after his father was killed in battle. He had the nickname, Mé Agtsom which is said to have been given to him due to his particularly hairy countenance. He is said to have had six wives with the most notable being the Chinese Princess Jincheng (d–739), an adoptive daughter of Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (r. 705–710).
Mutik Tsenpo (761—815), also known as Tridé Songtsen, was Trisong Detsen's youngest son and thought to have ascended the throne when he was twenty-three. In some sources, it is said that he had seven wives with most writing he had five children. Two children appear to have died at a young age, and a further two, Tri Ralpachen and Langdarma, reigning as Kings of Tibet. Importantly for the Buddha teachings, he introduced a law promulgating the supreme value of Buddhism as well as constructing the Karchung Vajradhātu temple at Trishöd. The exact year of his death is not agreed upon, but it is believed upon that his tomb was constructed at Donkorda.
Easy Tibetan & Tib Shelf have come together in partnership and initiated a new and exciting Collaborative Translation Series. Read below to find out more about this new endeavour.
Collaborative Translation Series
Easy Tibetan and Tib Shelf have come together in partnership and initiated a new and exciting Collaborative Translation Series. Focussing on selected biographies from the vast corpus of Tibetan Buddhist history, Easy Tibetan students will hone their translation skills with their final peer-reviewed translation published on Tib Shelf’s growing library. As the peer-reviewed translations grow, we will compile and publish them as a Tibetan reader which will not only serve to highlight the biographies of great people of the past but also serve as a resource for anyone who wants to better learn Tibetan. Finally, since we are such a fan of Treasury of Lives and the sterling work that is being done there, we hope that our intrepid collaborators might want to also use these translations as a source to write biographies.
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Tib Shelf was born from a desire to share and as such we feel that this Collaborative Translation Series neatly falls into that very ethos. It is truly exciting to think that new and aspiring translators can not only learn from Easy Tibetan's qualified and talented teaching team, but they can also have their work peer reviewed and published for the wider community. So often, translations worked on in class or as learning exercises fail to see the light of day. Indeed, some of those published on our website were first worked on in class! We are excited to see how this all works out!