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Seminar in Tibetan Historical Literature
Catalog number CEUS-U 785
Elliot Sperling

Description: This course will deal with Tibetan historical materials, teaching students the basic skills necessary to handle such texts through hands on experience. The basic work that will be dealt with in this course is the biography of Karma Pakshi, found in Si-tu pan-chen Chos-kyi ‘byung-gnas and ‘Be-lo Tshe-dbang kun-khyab, Bsgrub-rgyud karma kam-tshang brgyud-pa rin-po-che’i rnam-par thar-pa rab-’byams nor-bu zla-ba chu-shel-gyi phreng-ba (New Delhi, 1972). In reading this biography students will compare it with other biographies of Karma Pakshi and will learn how to deal with a variety of lexicographical, geographical, chronological, and other problems that they might confront, using the basic tools of Tibetology.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Exams: Grade based on class performance. 

Texts: To be announced at a pre-semester meeting; students will be expected to make their own copies of the assigned materials. 

Days and Times: This class will meet once a week at a time to be agreed upon by all participants.