HSC V Participants on Norlin Quad Lawn

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...


His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits CU Boulder, June 23

April 29, 2016

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative was honored to have an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to the University of Colorado Boulder on Thursday, June 23rd. The visit was organized by the Cultural Events Board at CU Boulder in conjunction with the Tibet Association of Colorado. The...

Gonkar Gyatso, Art Installation, Close Up

Tibetan Arts Week a Success!

April 26, 2016

From April 4 to 10, 2016 the Tibet Himalaya Initiative (THI) host renowned Tibetan artists Gonkar Gyatso and Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang (Jangbu) for Tibetan Arts Week. Coinciding with the Conference on World Affairs, Tibetan Arts Week gathered students, faculty, and supporters of THI from CU, Naropa University, and the Boulder...

THI members at ANHS

CU Boulder to host Himalayan Studies Conference V in 2017

March 20, 2016

The CU Tibet Himalaya Initiative had a strong presence at the Himalayan Studies Conference (HSC) IV, held every year and a half by the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS). The conference was held on February 25th-28th at the University of Texas Austin. With ten panelists, CU Boulder had...

THI Launch with Ringu Tulku

Official Launch of the Tibet Himalaya Initiative

Dec. 1, 2015

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative (THI) at CU Boulder celebrated the success of its inaugural semester with a graduate colloquium and reception in the Koenig Alumni Center on November 11, 2015. More than twenty-five graduate students, faculty, and supporters of THI from CU, Naropa University, and the Boulder community gathered for...


"Anonymous" Exhibit of Modern Tibetan Art Held at CU Art Museum in Spring

Aug. 20, 2015

Through the initiative of Ariana Maki, the CU Art Museum had the distinction of hosting the acclaimed "Anonymous" exhibit from the Rubin Art Museum in New York, February 14 - May 9, 2015. "Anonymous" is a collection of contemporary Tibetan art that explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken...

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro at CU Boulder

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö Visited CU Boulder in April

Aug. 19, 2015

In April 2015, we had the honor of hosting two events with Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö on his first visit to the US on a tour of a handful of major universities, including Harvard, University of Virginia, George Washington University, and Columbia. A renowned cleric-scholar from Larung Buddhist Academy, Khenpo Tsultrim...