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A Historical Background of the Chhoetse Penlop
This article presents the history of the Chhoetse Pönlop (chos rtse dpon slob), a title of the governor of eastern Bhutan whose seat is at Trongsa Dzong (drong gsar rdzong). The article traces the po...
The Symbolic and Functional Significance of the Chhoetse Penlop: A Tribute to the Sixteenth Chhoetse Penlop
This short piece celebrates the Bhutanese monarchy on the occasion of the Crown Prince Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk's ascension as the 16th Chhoetse Ponlop (chos rtse dpon slob). The article gi...
Two Early Sources for the History of the House of Sde-dge
In this article van der Kuijp compares Tibetan sources for the history of the royal family of Degé (sde dge). Two biographies written by a monk named Ugyenpa (u rgyan pa) in 1295 and 1304 respectivel...
Towards a New Conceptualization of Gross National Happiness and Its Foundations
This article seeks to articulate the centrality of morality within Gross National Happiness (GNH). The author critiques the current models of development which are predominately amoral. Citing the mo...
The Historical Anecdotes of Kheng Nobilities
This article relies manly on oral sources in order to trace the history of the Kheng noble clans of Bhutan, including the Dung (gdung), Koche (kho che), Gadpo (rgad po), and Pönpo (dpon po). The poli...
Secularism and the Buddhist Monastery of Pemayangtse in Sikkim
This article is an in-depth study of the Pemayangtse (pad ma yang rtse) monastery in Sikkim. It explores the historical relationship between the monastery and the religious monarchy of Sikkim. ...
A Tibetan Antiquarian in the XVIIIth Century
This article looks at the figure of Katok Rikdzin Tsewang Norbu (kaḥ thog rig ’dzin tshe dbang nor bu, 1698-1755) who in his writings displayed a concern for primary source material such as old Ti...
Manchu Patronage and Tibetan Buddhism During the First Half of the Ch'ing Dynasty
In this article Grupper argues that the monarchs of the nascent Manchu Ch'ing dynasty, particularly Nurhaci and Abahai, involved themselves with Tibetan Buddhist lamas not only as a means for winning ...
Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies
Civilized Shamans examines the nature and evolution of religion in Tibetan societies from the ninth century up to the Chinese occupation in 1950. Samuel argues that religion in these societies develop...
rgyal ba’i dbang po thams cad mkhyen gzigs chen po rje btsun blo bzang bstan pa’i dbang phyug ’jam dpal rgya mtsho dpal bzang po’i zhal snga nas kyi rnam par thar pa mdo tsam brjod pa ‘’dzam gling tha gru yangs pa’i rgyan
This biography of the Eighth Dalai Lama was written by Demo Ngawang Losang Tubten Jikmay Gyatso, (1778-1819, de mo ngag dbang blo bzang thub bstan 'jigs med rgya mtsho), the subsequent incarnation of ...
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