“Tibetan Tulku Lines and Networks”

Successive systems of reincarnation or tulku (sprul sku) are fascinating sources for the study of the social history of Tibet. The tulku, predicated on Buddhist metaphysics of rebirth, is a phenomena in which a person is recognized as embodying a previous person, in their own current body. This is technically referred to in Tibetan as one who is “recognized as having returned to existence” (yang srid ngos ‘dzin or sprul sku ngos ‘dzin).

Read the full post on the TBRC Blog.



Buddhadharma: The Best Buddhist Books 2012

Straight from the Review Editor’s Desk, we are pleased to make available our selections of the Best Buddhist Books of 2012. Our picks reflect each of the major Buddhist traditions, over half of which are translations into English.

This is the inaugural post in a new section on Buddhist book reviews hosted by Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly journal online.



“Jonang” in Oxford Bibliographies Online

See the recent article on the Jonang published in the Buddhism section of Oxford Bibliographies Online.


TBRC Workshop Tutorial Video

We recently released the most recent video tutorial, Conducting Tibetological Research in the TBRC Library. This is part of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center’s workshop video series. You can see my tutorial on the most recent features in the TBRC Library and methods for navigating the digital research library.

See @TBRCLibraryVideos on the YouTube channel here, TBRC Workshop Tutorial


TBRC Training Workshop

Wednesday, November 28th 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (in English)

Michael Sheehy
Head of Research, TBRC

This workshop is designed to introduce the TBRC’s digital research library resources to the Tibetan studies community. The workshop is threefold: (1) An information session about TBRC with introduction to the historical work of Gene Smith, and the extent of TBRC resources and services; (2)  Practical training for how to navigate and conduct research in the TBRC Library; (3) Discussion of the models of knowledge deployed to access the TBRC Library based on our methods of analyzing Tibetan literature, including genre and subject taxonomies, biographical data and social relations, geographic coordinates, bibliographic information, lexical tools, and both searchable and scanned texts. The workshop seeks to inform and further a network of affiliated scholars and collaborators to contribute to the preservation of Tibetan literature and enrichment of the TBRC Library. All are welcome!


RSVP to or call (617) 354-7900
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center is located in Harvard Square
1430 Massachusetts Ave., 5th Fl., Cambridge, MA 02138
This workshop will also be available live online. Contact TBRC for login details. 

See further info on the TBRC blog.
See also the events page on Facebook.


Buddhadharma Book Briefs: Fall 2012

by Michael Sheehy

Beating the Cloth Drum (Shambhala 2012)
From Here to Enlightenment (Snow Lion 2012)
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English (Wisdom 2012)
The Scientific Buddha (Yale 2012)
Sustainable Happiness (Routledge 2012)
Buddha’s Daughters (Peacock Titles 2011)
Confusion Arises as Wisdom (Shambhala 2012)
Upright with Poise and Grace (Gnomon 2012)

Read the briefs …

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