May 12–14, 2017
This year’s seminar focuses on the system of poetics and ornate poetry known as snyan ngag, or kāvya in Sanskrit. This system is based on one of the most important Indian manuals of poetics, Daṇḍin’s Mirror of Poetics (Kāvyādarśa), which forms the basis for Tibetan poetic theory and practice. Ornate poetry is found across all genres of Buddhist literature in all schools. It is often used for introductions in order to display the author’s intellectual skill. More importantly, it is a primary vehicle for evoking beauty and heightened aesthetic experience in relation to Buddhist contemplative ideals, doctrinal commitments, and philosophical exploration. The technical nature of the Mirror’s system has challenged non-native readers. This seminar brings together several leading experts in traditional Tibetan poetry and its translation to offer a concise yet in-depth introduction to such literature.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (Photo Courtesy of Gendun Rabsal)
The full schedule can be found here.
The program will take place May 12–14, 2017 at Latse Library (132 Perry St, #2B, New York, NY 10014). The workshop is open to regular seminar participants and guests of Latse Library.
We are grateful for the generous support of Latse Library and Trace Foundation.
This spring campus meeting brings together many seminar participants to present work in progress for our anticipated volume Reading Tibetan Literature.
Presentations by Sarah Jacoby, Janet Gyatso, Brandon Dotson, Jann Ronis, Jake Dalton, Ben Bogin, Nancy Lin, Holly Gayley, Kurtis Schaeffer, Andrew Quintman, Jonathan Gold, Carl Yamamoto, Gendun Rabsal, and Nicole Willock.
Responses by UC Berkeley faculty: Paula Varsano, Andrew Jones, Harsha Ram, Mack Horton, and Alan Tansman.
Full schedule is available here.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Andy & Kurtis
Materials for the 2013 seminar meeting in Baltimore are now available.
This year the Religion and Literary in Tibet seminar will focus on the 15th through 17th centuries, and upon ritual and historical literature. Frances Garrett will present on Rdo rje gling pa’s “edible letters” (za yig). Jann Ronis will present on the Royal Genealogy of Degé (Sde dge’i rgyal rabs).
You can download their materials (including Tibetan texts, selected translations, and introductory remarks) under the AAR Year 4 tab above or by clicking HERE.
The Seminar will meet Saturday 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Sheraton Inner Harbor-Chesapeake II
We look forward to seeing you there.
Andy & Kurtis
Schedule and materials for the 2013 spring meeting at Harvard (April 19-21) are now available HERE.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Greetings seminar members!
Materials for he 2012 AAR Religion and the Literary in Tibet Seminar are now available.
José Cabezón (UC Santa Barbara) and David Germano (University of Virginia) are contributing materials this year. José will discuss Rog Bande Shes rab’s refutation of Madhyamaka in his Great History and Doxography (Chos ’byung grub mtha’ chen po). David Germano will present passages from Klong chen pa’s The Treasury of Words and Meanings (Tshig don mdzod).
You can download their materials (including Tibetan texts, selected translations, and introductory remarks) under the AAR Year 3 tab above or by clicking here.
The seminar will meet Saturday – 4:00-6:30 pm
McCormick Place South-504A
We look forward to seeing you all in Chicago.
Andy & Kurtis
Schedule and materials for the spring meeting at the University of Toronto (April 27-29) are now available HERE.
See you all soon!
–Andy, Kurtis & Frances