The Tibet Journal
Summer Vol. XXIII, No.2 1998

[Articles] [Book Reviews] [Contributors]

"Economics of a Tibetan State Treasury: The Barley Supply Office," Paljor Tsarong, p. 03

"Ma gcig lab sgron ma -- The Life of a Tibetan Woman Mystic between Adaptation and Rebellion," Karenina Kollmar-Paulenz, p. 11

"Can Emptiness be Formulated?: A debate from a Gelugpa monastic university," Kenneth Liberman, p. 33

"A Note on the Visesastava (Khynd par 'phags bstod); 'Superior Verses in Praise [of Buddha Sakyamuni]'," Acarya Sangye T. Naga, p. 49

Book Reviews
The Life of Gampopa: The Incomparable Dharma Lord of Tibet by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart, Francis V. Tiso, p. 84

The Golden Yoke: The Legal Cosmology of Buddhist Tibet by Rebecca Redwood French, Kevin Garratt, p. 89

Tibet and the British Raj by Alex McKay, P. Christiaan Klieger, p. 99

A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography -- Illustrated -- Objects, Devices, Concepts, Rites and Related Terms by Frederick W. Bunce, Ulrike Roesler, p. 102

Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture by Dagyab Rinpoche, Tsepak Rigzin, p. 107

Dolma Ling: A Pilgrim's Progress Across the Himalayas by Lucas Myers, Sonam Tsering, p. 110

Contributors, p. 111

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The Tibet Journal pays its homage to the Tibetan patriot Thupten Ngodup, who sacrificed his life in support of the Tibetan cause by self immolation at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 27th April 1998.

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Kevin Garratt is a lawyer and holds a Litt. B. in Sanskrit and Tibetan studies from the Australian National University. He is the author of various articles on human rights and migration issues.

P. Christiaan Klieger, now with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, is an anthropologist who has been working with Tibetan refugees since 1978. He is the author of Tibetan Nationalism and many articles on various Tibetan subjects.

Kenneth B. Liberman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, did his Ph.D in 1981 from the University of California, San Diego. His areas of interest cover a wide range of subjects such as ethnomethodology and phenomenology, Buddhism, race and ethnic relations, and language and social interaction. In the field of Tibetan studies he has focussed himself especially on the Tibetan practices of reasoning. His publications include over 30 articles and four books (three books for learning the Tibetan language published by LTWA). The present article was prepared with the support of the American Philosophical Society.

Acarya Sangye T. Naga heads the Department of Language and Literature of the LTWA, Dharamsala. He holds a Master's degree (Acarya) in Tibetan Studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Deemed University), Saranath, Varanasi, India. His publications as author, co-author and translator includes, Quadrasyllabics: Phrases and Idioms, rGya-gar rang-srid rang-skyong (a Tibetan translation of Mahatma Gandhi's Hind Swaraj), Dispute Between Tea and Chang, and the Life of Mahasiddha Tilopa. He has also published several articles and book reviews in Tibetan as well as in English in various periodicals in India.

Karenina Kollmar-Paulenz, Ph.D (Tibetologist and Mongolist), is currently associated to the Central Asian Institute of the University of Bonn, Germany, as a researcher in the research project The 4th Dalai Lama and the development of a new socio-religious identity in Mongolia and Tibet in the early 17th century. She conducted field work in Northern India from 1984-1986 and she is the author of 'Der Schmuck der Befreiung.' Die Geschichte der Zi byed- und gCod-Schule des tibetischen Buddhismus. Her other publications include articles on the legend of Sambhala in the Tibetan and Mongolian cultural contexts and on the gender-related role of the yab-yam iconography in Tibetan art. The most recent book completed by is an annotated translation of the Erdeni tunumal nerettu sudur, the rhyme-biography of Altan qayan of the Tumed Mongols, together with a new evaluation and analysis of the Tibetan-Mongolia religio-political relations in the late 16th century.

Tsepak Rigzin, a former member of Research and Translation Bureau (LTWA), has contributed to numerous translations and publications. He was the Rector of Central School for Tibetans, Shimla for three years (1992-95) and the Principal of Central School for Tibetans, Mussoorie up until 1997. He is currently the Education Officer of Central Tibetan Schools Administration, Government of India, New Delhi.

Ulrike Roesler is Research Assistant at the Department of Indology, University of Marburg.

Francis V. Tiso, earned an A B. in Medieval Studies at Cornell University and an M.Div. in Pastoral Psychology at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in Buddhist Studies, with a dissertation on early versions of the biography of Milarepa. He is a Canon of the Cathedral of St. Peter (Isernia, Italy), and Director of the ancient Shrine-Hermitage of Saints Cosmas and Damian, where he continues his research into Tibetan biography. He is well-known for retreat programmes, spiritual conferences and spiritual direction throughout Italy.

Paljor Tsarong received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1987. During various periods from 1989 to 1996 he was Senior Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Case Western University, Cleveland. He is presently an independent scholar on a Wenner-Gren grant to study State-Hinterland Relations in Traditional Tibet.

Sonam Tsering, Deputy Research Scholar and Translator at the Research and Translation Department of the LTWA, Dharamsala, holds a Master's Degree (Acarya) in Buddhist Philosophy and Tibetan Studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Deemed University), Saranath, Varanasi, India. Presently, he is working on a new English translation of Gendun Chophel's White Annals.

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