New Book on The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya, co-edited by Selma Sonntag

Sept. 30, 2019

Congrats to Selma ("Sam") Sonntag on this new volume, co-edited with Mark Turin! The book is open access and is available for free here . This highly original and timely collection brings together case studies from salient areas of the Himalayan region to explore the politics of language contact. Promoting...


Screening "Tharlo" and Q&A with Tsemdo Thar | Sept 28 at 7pm in GUGG 205

Sept. 21, 2019

Please join us for a film screening of Tharlo, a film by the acclaimed filmmaker Pema Tseden. The screening will take place at 7pm on Saturday, September 28 in Guggenheim 205. The film will be followed by Q&A with Tsemdo Thar , photographer and filmmaker. He is a core member...


Announcing Holly Gayley's New Book of Translations: Inseparable Across Lifetimes

Feb. 14, 2019

Inseparable Across Lifetimes , a new book of translations by Holly Gayley, faculty in Religious Studies, has just been released by Snow Lion Publications. This is first translation into English of a unique literary archive, namely the biographies and correspondence of the Tibetan visionaries Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo...

Keynotes Lama Jabb, Janet Gyatso, and Kurtis Schaeffer

Lotsawa Workshop Forged New Ground in the Literary Translation of Buddhist Texts from Tibetan

Oct. 31, 2018

Over the long weekend of October 5-8, the Tibet-Himalaya Initiative had the honor of hosting the first Lotsawa Translation Workshop at the University of Colorado Boulder. Made possible through the generous support of the Tsadra Foundation, the Lotsawa Workshop drew fifty-five scholars and translators from across the country and around...

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Tibet Himalaya Initiative Sponsored Two Sessions at Jaipur Literary Festival, September 21-23

Sept. 23, 2018

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative (THI) sponsored two sessions at Jaipur Literary Festival in Boulder, September 21-23, 2018. "Toppled World: Memoirs of Change" involved a conversation between Philip Lutgendorf and Susan Murphy, who wrote the story of Sudha Johorey, an Indian diplomat's wife in Tibet at the time of the Chinese...

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Lotsawa Translation Workshop, October 5-8, 2018 - Applications Now Open

March 19, 2018

We are please to announce the first Lotsawa Translation Workshop, scheduled for October 5-8th at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the generous support of the Tsadra Foundation. The workshop offers the opportunity for translators and scholars at various stages in their careers to work together on translation in a...

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CU Boulder Hosted a Vibrant Himalayan Studies Conference V over Labor Day Weekend

Sept. 5, 2017

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder had the honor of hosting the 5th biennial Himalayan Studies Conference of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) over Labor Day weekend, September 1-4. (Scroll to the end of this post for photos from the conference.) All told there were more...

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Tsadra Conference brought 250 Translators of Buddhist Texts to CU Boulder, May 31 to June 3

June 23, 2017

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative had the honor of serving as a co-sponsor of the second Tsadra "Translation and Transmission" Conference . This international gathering of 250 scholars and translators meets every three years around a shared interest in the translation and transmission of Buddhist texts from Tibetan to English. While...


"Climbing Higher," THI featured in the Colorado A&S Magazine

April 15, 2017

Climbing Higher: The Tibet Himalaya Initiative is putting CU Boulder on experts’ map by Clay Evans Boulder, Colorado, became a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism and culture in 1974, when Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche founded the school now known as Naropa University. And for more than a decade, the University of...

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Karma Phuntsok's visit to CU Boulder

Sept. 17, 2016

Karma Phuntsok's talk, Unexpected Buddha on September 1, was a rare glimpse into the memories, compassion, and histories of the intricately talented ‘contemporary Tibetan Thankga painter’. Here is an aching excerpt from Karma Phuntsok's talk: “My painting helps me process my anger. I think over what HHDL said, to have...