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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
Thupten Jinpa and Donald S. Lopez, Jr deliver Gendun Chopel's life's work--the account of his pilgrimage through South Asia that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography--in English. Scholars and practitioners alike will embrace these tales of ancient India, recent Indian past, and early Tibetan history told from Chopel's sharp, critical humor that comes alive through Thupten Jinpa and Donald S. Lopez's rendering. An appendix including Tibetan transliterations used in the work, notes, and an index are included.

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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 2017

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Karmapa, 17th. KTD Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

A Gathering of Brilliant Moons-front.jpg

Gayley, H., Schapiro, J.. Wisdom Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Bernert, C., Rong ston shes bya kun rig, Maitreya. Snow Lion Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Prakāśātman, Gupta, B.. American Institute of Buddhist Studies; Columbia University's Center for Buddhist Studies; Tibet House US, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Lopez, D., Jinpa, Thupten, Desideri, I.. Harvard University Press, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Ricard, M., Dpal sprul rin po che, 'jigs med bstan pa'i nyi ma, Kun bzang dpal ldan, A 'dzoms rgyal sras rig 'dzin 'gyur me rdo rje, Nyoshul Khenpo. Shambhala Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Sur, D.. Snow Lion Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Tsong kha pa. American Institute of Buddhist Studies; Columbia University's Center for Buddhist Studies; Tibet House US, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Karmapa, 17th. Wisdom Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Gayley, H.. Columbia University Press, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Ura, Karma, Penjor, Dorji, Dem, Chhimi. Centre for Bhutan Studies and Gross National Happiness, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Haribhaṭṭ­a, Khoroche, P.. The University of Chicago Press, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Haarh, E.. G.E.C. Gad's Forlag, 1969. Contains a translation.

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Cabezón, J.. Wisdom Publications, 2017.

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Ura, Karma, Penjor, Dorji, Dem, Chhimi. Centre for Bhutan Studies and Gross National Happiness, 2017. Contains a translation.

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'jigs med gling pa, Che mchog don grub rtsal, Wangchuk, Tenpe, Dpal sprul rin po che, 'jam mgon kong sprul. Snow Lion Publications, 2017. Contains a translation.

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Chos dbyings stobs ldan rdo rje, Zangpo, N.. Snow Lion Publications, . Contains a translation.

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Vitali, R., Tsering, Tashi
Amnye Machen Institute, 2001

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Tsering, Tashi, Vitali, R.
Amnye Machen Institute, 2003

Dhammajoti, K.
Centre for Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka, The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, 2016

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