The Dalai Lama inaugurates a Tibetan dictionary in 223 volumes
(TibetanReview.net, May 27, 22) – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on May 27 inaugurated a 223-volume Tibetan dictionary, along with its digital version, at Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala’s main Buddhist temple. It was compiled by the Monlam Tibetan IT Research Center with contributions from around two hundred scholars from Tibet and beyond, according to project founder and director Geshe Lobsang Monlam.
In his address, the Dalai Lama referred to Tibet’s immense wealth in terms of religion and culture and its great help in helping people achieve peace of mind. He said Chinese leaders were ignorant in viewing Tibetan religion and culture as backward and calling religion poisonous. He suggested the volumes be translated into Chinese and made available initially in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan to refute such misinformation.
He said exposure to Tibetan culture and religion through such means would also help Chinese people achieve peace of mind.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration described the volumes as “the most comprehensive volume dictionary in the world”.
He referred to the ease of access to digitized copies of the dictionary and said it would help preserve the Tibetan language, noting the danger to its survival in Tibet under Chinese rule.
Other speakers included former teacher Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche on 7e Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, the 34the Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dargyal Rinpoche, 43rd Sakya Trizin Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
Other special guests included Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche whose dictionary editors received certificates, on 42n/a Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 11the Kirti Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin Jigme Yeshe Gyamtso Rinpoche and Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.