Dictionary

Ever since it was established in 1987, the Foundation has also pursued this project for the compilation of a Buddhist dictionary. For many years, it worked in cooperation with the Tibetan scholar, Geshe Thubten Ngawang, who until his death in January 2003 was spiritual director of the Tibetan Centre in Hamburg.

In composing his educational work "A systematic study of Buddhism" for his German speaking pupils, Geshe Thubten Ngawang drew on the famous teachings, the Yigchas, by Jetsün Chökyi Gyaltsen and other Tibetan scholars, which currently form the basis for the study courses for Geshes in the various great Tibetan monastery-universities.

In the past we have supported the input into the computer of these teachings by monks of Sera Je Monastery-University in southern India. Following input, the texts were once again scrutinized by the Sera Je faculty. They are now available in Tibetan in both digital and in printed form. The translation into German of the "A systematic study of Buddhism" was provided by the internationally known translator Christof Spitz in very close cooperation with Geshe Thubten Ngawang.

Together, the material consisting of the Tibetan teachings, along with those teachings of Geshe Thubten Ngawang that are already available in German, are suitable for facilitating a closer approach to the aim of compiling a dictionary based on the Indian-Tibetan tradition.

As soon as the necessary funds are available, a team advised by Professor Dr. Lambert Schmithausen, Indologist and Buddhologist, will be tackling the next step required to input the data.

We call on interested institutions and persons for their financial support for the project. The work could begin as soon as backing amounting to around EUR 100.000 materializes.

You can find further information on how to contribute here.

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