English Translation Grantees

English Translation Grantees

Gyurme Dorje

Ph.D. in Tibetan Literature and M.A. in Sanskrit with Oriental Studies; from 1991 to 1996 research fellow at London University, where he worked on An Encyclopaedic Tibetan-English Dictionary; has written, edited, translated, and contributed to numerous books on Tibetan culture. Tsadra Foundation Grantee since 2007.

One day some years ago, Gyurme Dorje asked his teacher Dudjom Rinpoche for a copy of the latter’s voluminous History of the Nyingma Lineage, which had just recently been published in Tibetan. Dudjom Rinpoche readily complied, saying “Why don’t you translate it into English?” With this auspicious catalyst, Gyurme set to work, learning the art of translation along the way, and finished the translation some twenty-one years later. Thus, he became a translator. He maintains that Dudjom Rinpoche’s inspiration still motivates him: “What keeps me working in this way are the propensities that were implanted… there was nothing else I could do.”

So even now: “I like to persevere; I am a bit of a workaholic…” He aspires that through his translations of precious Tibetan scriptures, “people will be benefited, perhaps personally in their own experience, or perhaps collectively in a social way,” and, “as well, perhaps Tibet will be benefited; that’s what I hope.” At the same time, he holds a refreshing and healthy “sense of doubt and skepticism about my own work—one has to check oneself, keep an eye on one’s mind when one is working.”

Previously Published Translations

•  The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History, Dudjom Rinpoche

•  White Beryl: Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings, Sangye Gyatso

•  Tibetan Medical Paintings: Illustrations to the Blue Beryl Treatise, Sangye Gyatso

Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

•  The Treasury of Knowledge: Book VI, Parts 1 and 2, Jamgön Kongtrul

  The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 15 to 17, The Essential Tantras of Mahayoga, Choying Tobden Dorje

Current Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

•  The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Book 13, Buddhist Phenomenology, Choying Tobden Dorje

 

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