Tibetan Poetry & Poetics Workshop

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.

Kunsang khorlo at Tashi Lhunpo monastery 2-edited

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.