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Mi pham rgya mtsho. Snow Lion Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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A Revolutionary Artist of Tibet
Another beautifully printed art book from the Rubin Museum including the excellent scholarship of David Jackson. "Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized and presented by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, September 5, 2014 through February 2, 2015....David Jackson focuses on the Khyenri style, the least known among the three major painting styles of Tibet, dating from the mid-fifteenth through the seventeenth century. The painting of Khyentse Chenmo, the founder of the Khyenri style who flourished from the 1450s to the 1490s, was significant for his radical rejection of the prevailing, classic Indic (especially Nepalese-inspired) styles with formal red backgrounds, enthusiastically replacing them with the intense greens and blues of Chinese landscapes. Jackson also brings to light several of Khyentse's paintings in museums outside Tibet, including some that have been unrecognized for over a century." (Source)

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The Six Lamps
Jean-Luc Achard presents here one of the central texts of the Zhangzhung Nyengyü, Instructions on the Six Lamps (sgron ma drug gi gdams pa) in it's complete form, a set of instructions on Thögal as it is practiced in the Bön tradition. For someone versed in these teachings from the perspective of Nyingma Buddhism, the text presented here will seem almost entirely familiar (save for some term substitutions, g.yung drung for rdo rje, bon for chos, or again some enumerations varying from the Nyingma presentation), making the questions about the origins of Dzogchen put forth by the same author in earlier works such as L'Essence Perlée du Secret (Which came first, Bön or Nyingma? Is there an earlier source that seeded both traditions?) that much more relevant. Whether to the interest of advanced practitioners or dzogchen aficionados, this work adds to the corpus of translated instructions by providing an extensive, thorough, complete account of oral instructions on Thögal that are still hard to come by, certainly when it comes to Bön Dzogchen, and especially as presented by such an established and knowledgable scholar.

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Grains of Gold
In 1941, philosopher and poet Gendun Chopel (1903–51) sent a large manuscript by ship, train, and yak across mountains and deserts to his homeland in the northeastern corner of Tibet. He would follow it five years later, returning to his native land after twelve years in India and Sri Lanka. But he did not receive the welcome he imagined: he was arrested by the government of the regent of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason. He emerged from prison three years later a broken man and died soon after. Gendun Chopel was a prolific writer during his short life. Yet he considered that manuscript, which he titled Grains of Gold, to be his life’s work, one to delight his compatriots with tales of an ancient Indian and Tibetan past, while alerting them to the wonders and dangers of the strikingly modern land abutting Tibet’s southern border, the British colony of India. Now available for the first time in English, Grains of Gold is a unique compendium of South Asian and Tibetan culture that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the world he discovered in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred sites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he learned to read in the original. He is also sharply, often humorously critical of the Tibetan love of the fantastic, bursting one myth after another and finding fault with the accounts of earlier Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring a wide range of cultures and religions central to the history of the region, Gendun Chopel is eager to describe all the new knowledge he gathered in his travels to his Buddhist audience in Tibet. At once the account of the experiences of a tragic figure in Tibetan history and the work of an extraordinary scholar, Grains of Gold is an accessible, compelling work animated by a sense of discovery of both a distant past and a strange present. (Source: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo17041383.html)

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Strange Tales of an Oriental Idol
A collection of dozens of excerpts from early western sources referencing Buddha Śākyamuni, spanning over 1,500 years, from the work of St. Clement of Alexandria (d. 215 CE) to Eugène Burnouf's influential Introduction à l'histoire du Buddhisme indien (1844). Passages are presented with minimal commentary from the author, who gives a little historical and biographical background for each. This is a work of monumental scholarship on the part of Donal Lopez, who has drawn from a diverse range of sources to compile a roughly chronological depiction of the emergence of the western picture of the buddha, which he explains is not a "relentless linear march of scholarly progress" or an image slowly coming into focus, but "a sheer bulk of verbiage about the Buddha, which clearly increases with the passage of time." Here are accounts of travelers, usually Christian missionaries or clergy members among "idolators", merchants or compilers, and sedentary scholars. Early works, with a few sympathetic exceptions, tend to describe misguided idolators and primitive devil worshippers, while Lopez ultimately traces the later emergence in western consciousness of a single "historical buddha", a western invention that has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century.

Translations from 2019

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Lcang skya rol pa'i rdo rje. Wisdom Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Tsong kha pa. American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Wisdom Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Shamarpa, 14th. Bird of Paradise Press, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Higgins, D., Draszczyk, M.. Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien Universität Wien, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Yamamoto, K., Gyurme, Tsultrim. , 2019. Contains a translation.

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Engle, A., Jampa, Gyumé Khensur Lobsang. Snow Lion Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Tsong kha pa. American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Wisdom Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Gayley, H.. Snow Lion Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

Le Trésor de précieuses qualités Volume 2-front.jpg

'jigs med gling pa, Kangyur Rinpoche. Padmakara, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Hackett, P.. Snow Lion Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Khyentse, Dilgo. Padmakara, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Brunnhölzl, K.. Wisdom Publications, 2019. Contains a translation.

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Translations from 2018

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Asaṅga, Brunnhölzl, K.. Snow Lion Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Asaṅga, Brunnhölzl, K.. Snow Lion Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Asaṅga, Brunnhölzl, K.. Snow Lion Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Padmakara Translation Group, Gethin, S.. Shambhala Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Karmapa, 15th, 'jigs med gling pa, Dpal sprul rin po che, Brunnhölzl, K., Tsültrim Sangpo. Wisdom Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Palmo, Jetsunma Tenzin, Thargay, L., Jinpa, Tsunma Ngawang, Carvalho, G., Cronjaeger, T.. Drukpa Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2018. Contains a translation.

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Kun bzang dpal ldan, Dpal sprul rin po che. Berotsana Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Dalai Lama, 14th. Shambhala Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Mi pham rgya mtsho, Dpal sprul rin po che, Pearcey, A., Mdo sngags chos kyi rgya mtsho, 'jigs med bstan pa'i nyi ma, Chos dbyings rang grol, Padma badzra, 'Jam dpal rol ba'i blo gros. Snow Lion Publications, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Tulku Tsulo. Dzogchen Now! Books, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Swanson, P.. University of Hawai'i Press, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Swanson, P.. University of Hawai'i Press, 2018. Contains a translation.

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New Book Additions

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Karmapa, 16th, Nyenpa, Sangyes. Benchen Sungrab Gyunpel Khang, 2018. Contains a translation.

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Karmapa, 3rd, Nyenpa, Sangyes. Ban chen legs bshad rgyun skyong khang, 2020. Contains a translation.

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Sharvananda, S.. Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1949. Contains a translation.

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Chandra Das, S.. Paljor Publications, 2004.

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Thayee, Tenzin. Tenzin Thayee (TLT), Drikung Kagyu Dharma Raja Foundation, 2002.

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Pemba, L.. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1996. Contains a translation.

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New Tibetan Publications

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phyag rgya chen po lnga ldan gyi sngon 'gro'i khrid yig bka' brgyud bla ma'i zhal lung ཕྱག་རྒྱ་ཆེན་པོ་ལྔ་ལྡན་གྱི་སྔོན་འགྲོའི་ཁྲིད་ཡིག་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་བླ་མའི་ཞལ་ལུང་. Lhasa...

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'bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten mgon po འབྲི་གུང་སྐྱོབ་པ་འཇིག་རྟེན་མགོན་པོ་. 'bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten gsum mgon gyi rnam thar snying bsdus འབྲི་གུང་སྐྱོབ་པ་འཇིག་རྟེ...

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grub pa'i dbang phyug chen po a mgon གྲུབ་པའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་ཆེན་པོ་ཨ་མགོན་. grub pa'i dbang phyug chen po a mgon rdo rje 'chang gi rnam thar rags bsdus bka' brgyud bstan pa...

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rgyal dbang kun dga' rin chen, Phag mo gru pa and rig 'dzin chos grags. sdom gsum. Dehra Dun: Kagyu College, 2007.

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Nyenpa, Sangyes. 7skyabs rje grub dbang sangs rgyas mnyan pa rin po ches bstsal ba'i dbang lung man ngag gi bka' khrid dang bka' slob gces btus dang po ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་གྲ...

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New Dissertations

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Mayer, Robert David Simon. The Phur pa bcu gnyis: A Scripture from the rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum. PhD diss., University of Leiden, 1996.

Unterthurner, Doris. The Life of the 4th lHo rje drung, 'Bri gung tulku O rgyan nus ldan rdo rje (1849-1902). MA Thesis, University of Vienna, 2019.

Foregues, Gregory. Radical nondualism in the Works of 'Ju Mi pham rNam rgyal rGya mtsho (1846-1912)- the Interplay of Knowledge and Liberation in a Tibetan Philosophical Discourse on yuganaddha. PhD Diss, University of Vienna, 2016.

Khosla, Usha. "Study of the Tathāgatagarbha as True Self and the True Selves of the Brahmanic, Sāṅkhya and Jaina Traditions." PhD diss., University of Toronto, 2015.

Chih-Mien Adrian Tseng. "Buddha-Nature and Dao-Nature of Medieval China: A Comparison of the Concepts of Buddha-Nature and Dao-Nature of Medieval China." PhD diss., McMaster University, 2014.

Denis, Diane, Le Dharmadharmatāvibhāga, texte bouddhique de l’Inde du IV siècle, traduction des stances et du commentaire de Mipham, suivie d’un examen minutieux. Quebec: Universite Laval, 2013.

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New Periodical Issues

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Jackson, Roger R., ed. Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies No. 14(2013).

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Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 87 No. 2. Oxford University Press, 2019.

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Strauch, Ingo and Ulrike Roesler, ed. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Volume 41. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishers 2018.

Law, Narendra Nath, ed. Indian Historical Quarterly Vol. 9 (1933). Delhi: Caxton Publications, 1933.

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Jackson, Roger R. ed., The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies No. 19. 2018. Sarnath-Varanasi: BJK Institute of Buddhist and Asian Studies, 2018.

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Journal of Dharma Studies: Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture Volume 1, Issue 1, Springer, 2018.

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New Articles

Tāranātha, Jetsun The Essence of Zhentong. Translated by Michael Sheehy based upon the ‘Dzam thang edition of the 'Gzhan stong snying po. Jonang Foundation’s Digital Library: Ngedon Thartuk Translation Initiative, 2008.

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. "Guru Yoga in the Foundational Practices." Translated by Lama Ngawang Zangpo. Austin, Texas, 2009.

Jackson, Roger R. "Dzogchen Explained". Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly. April 13, 2017.

Khyentse, Dzongsar. "Spotless from the Start." Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, December 1, 2008.

Skorupski, Tadeusz. "Consciousness and Luminosity in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism." In Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation Practice, edited by Khammai Dhammasami, 43–64. Ayutthaya, Thailand: The International Association of Buddhist Universities, 2012.

Makransky, John J. "Controversy over Dharmakāya in India and Tibet: A Reappraisal of its Basis, Abhisamayālamkāra Chapter 8.' The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Vol. 12 No. 2 (1989): 45 - 78.

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