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An Urgent Cause: Saving Tibetan Language & Culture. Dr. Jules Levinson.

Following the Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Tibetan Buddhism and culture was scattered to the four winds. Now, 50 years later, the last Tibetan-born Buddhist teachers are dying. The translation of a religious and artistic tradition from one culture to another generally takes 100s of years. Dr. Jules Levinson, a leading Tibetan Buddhist translator, talks about ‘Light of Berotsana,’ a leading translation group that’s trying to preserve a culture…with time running out.

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anonymous Dec 7, 2011 8:33pm

Hey there Jules!
Bumped into someone in Chapel Hill just now on GPlus … you came to mind.

TD lotsawa!

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anonymous Dec 24, 2009 3:46pm

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anonymous Jul 1, 2009 11:59pm

thank you elephant and dr. levinson! may everyone realize just how precious these teachings are.

here's a great organization that is preserving tons of texts:
http://www.asianclassics.org/

and here's some live classes on translation:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1717617

anonymous Apr 12, 2009 11:56pm

Remarkably honest and humble, yet in a vital role. What a gift over so many years.

anonymous Nov 3, 2008 11:39am

[…] it be of benefit—it’s an urgent time for their […]

anonymous Sep 15, 2008 9:02am

Great interview. Good to hear about translation and sobering to hear about the perils facing the Tibetan language.

For those who don’t know, Dr. Levinson is hosting a conference for translators this fall in which these topics will be further discussed. There is a link for the conference, including public events, at http://berotsana.org/conference/index.html.

anonymous Sep 9, 2008 5:01pm

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anonymous Aug 30, 2008 5:35pm

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anonymous Aug 30, 2008 10:43am

I love Jule’s quote about the translator giving their mind to the teacher like: “Here, take it!”. I think more than a few of us have been there! 🙂

Thanks for letting us into the thoughts and strategies of an experienced translator.

Great interview.

editorial dept elephant journal Jul 22, 2008 11:20pm

Jules is great, as always–charming, sincere, knowledgeable and straightforward (“we’re not going to get everything”). Wow, the audio’s rough on this one. Gotta have two mics at all times.