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The New Tibetan-English Dictionary Of Modern Tibetan ( M. Goldstein, Editor)

This new, monumental reference work surpasses existing dictionaries in both scope and comprehensiveness, and is the best modern Tibetan-English dictionary available. A large format book containing more than 80,000 lexical items used in social, political, economic, literary and scientific discourse, this invaluable sourcebook includes the thousands of new words that have been coined in modern times.

The dictionary not only includes lexical items characteristic of the special written genre employed by Tibetan government officials up to 1959, but also lists new terminology used in the Tibetan exile communities in South Asia. It contains both the core lexical terminology found in everyday life and standard modern writing and many proverbs and sayings that appear frequently in contemporary literary materials. All entries include spoken pronunciation, and the dictionary provides thousands of illustrative sentences.

. This dictionary will be of great benefit if you are studying the modern language, but look into other sources if you are studying the classical language. Highly Recommended!


Tibetan English Dictionary (H. A. Jaschke)

Although this is the second-oldest Tibetan-to-English dictionary, it still retains value. Each word is given in Tibetan script and in a transliteration system. Although Das' dictionary ransacked this dictionary for entries, it did not take everything. Thus, this remains an excellent complement to the Das dictionary.

"The very best way to go in terms of reference materials for translating Dharma is Tony Duff's Illuminator in conjunction with Erik Pema's Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture. I keep both of them open on my screen all the time along with Jaschke's A Tibetan English Dictionary in hardback near to hand. I don't think anyone serious about learning Tibetan would want to be without these excellent tools."-- David Curtis , President, Tibetan Language Institute

"If you want to learn classical Tibetan, you can do no better than to sit down and read A Tibetan-English Dictionary by H. A. Jaschke.... I do not think that any other scholar of Tibetan has ever equaled the linguistic insight exhibited in this dictionary."--Stephan V. Beyer, The Classical Tibetan Language



Large Tibetan-English Dictionary (Sarat Chandra Das).

We have 2 copies, so check with us before ordering. Otherwise, out-of-print.

A new, physically bigger edition of the same Das dictionary listed below. 1353 pages. 6.5 x 10"


Tibetan English Dictionary, Compact Edition (Sarat Chandra Das)

The standard for many years, this is a good first dictionary. The print is clear, but small. For the highest quality printing and optimal readability in a print dictionary, we do recommend the Tibetan-English Dictionary by Jaschke (see above). The Das Dictionary is now available in electronic format (please go to TLI's electronic dictionaries), and this format allows one to access all the incredible information buried in the sub entries, making it an invaluable tool for translators and students of Buddhism.


Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen (Buddhism: Ingrid Fisher-Schreiber, U of Vienna; Tibetan Buddhism: Franz-Karl Ehrhard, u of Hamburg; Zen: Michael S. Diener, Japanologist, Tokyo).

With over 1500 entries and 46 illustrations, this dictionary is the most complete compact reference work of its kind available in the English language, one that you will constantly reach for. An excellent reference work designed as a tool to help familiarize readers with Buddhist terms and concepts encountered in the study of Buddhism. It is designed not only for students and meditators but also as a tool to help familiarize all readers with Buddhist terms and concepts--such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, and tantra--that are encountered with increasing regularity in the literature of a wide range of fields today.

The lives and teachings of important philosophers and meditation masters, the variety of practices,basic texts and scriptures, and the range of sects and schools of thought are among the subjects covered. Pronunciation tables, a comprehensive bibliography, and a Ch'an/Zen lineage chart are also provided.


English-Tibetan Dictionary Of Modern Tibetan

"This dictionary is wonderful, the best available from English into any language of the Tibeto-Burmese family. Goldstein's expertise in Tibetan lexicography is established throughout the scholarly world.

The phonetic and grammatical introduction is excellent….The semantic subsenses of each English word are carefully distinguished and the format is dense and concise, so that there is no wasted blank space and no fat….The stylistic and semantic ranges of the entries are as broad as can be, including technical vocabulary as well as colloquialisms, and account is taken of the dialectical differences that have arisen between Tibetan-in-Tibet and Tibetan as spoken by the overseas communities in India, Nepal, and throughout the rest of the world."--James A Matisoff. University of California, Berkeley.

"There are a few English-Tibetan dictionaries in existence, but they are intended for use by Tibetans wanting to learn English and are of little if any value for those who want to learn Tibetan. Goldstein's dictionary is superb in that it provides idiomatic usage in Tibetan, proper orthography in Tibetan script and transcription, and phonemic equivalencies. Goldstein has already become the leading authority on modern Tibetan lexicography. His dictionary will be an invaluable reference tool in this field. I would expect everyone who is seriously into Tibetan studies to want a copy."--Turrell V. Wylie. University of Washington.

Intended for those who want to speak and write modern Tibetan, as well as the European, Japanese and American scholars of Tibet and those engaged in current Buddhalogical scholarship. A new edition, very much improved, of M. Goldstein's long out-of-print scholarly dictionary. Essential for written or spoken Modern Tibetan.16,000 main entries, 29,000 sub entries. A must for everyone who needs to write modern Tibetan.


Tibetan Sadhana Vocabulary: Translated Words of Seven Buddhist Sadhanas

Would you like to understand the Tibetan words in your Buddhist Sadhana?

This book is a common sense guide for beginning to develop a sadhana vocabulary of the words you most want to know, an easier task than you might think. Based on a count of all the words in seven well known peaceful sadhanas, you will find that only 150 words are found in many of them - that's a manageable number to learn! If you want to learn the words in all seven sadhanas, there are only about 600 more. Or, you can quickly select out words from your favorite sadhana, even just the words in its visualization section. Remembering these words will be easy, as you will use them every time you practice. To facilitate efficient learning, words from the Chenrezik, Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, and Ngondro's Refuge, Vajrasattva, Mandala, or Guru Yoga sadhanas were counted as either frequently used, less used, or rarely used.

Using this book you can quickly and easily:
- Improve your sadhana visualizations by learning the descriptive words recited
- Have full control over designing a basic vocabulary list to meet your own individual goals
- Focus on learning words from any of the seven sadhanas that you select
- Develop a basic canonical vocabulary efficiently prior to, or during, a long retreat
- Select out those words most frequently used, less used, or rarely used in these sadhanas
- Look forward to an improved practice due to better comprehension of the vocabulary used.

The book shows the words in context, provides a concise definition, and includes very useful Tibetan to English and English to Tibetan indexes, as well as a series of helpful appendixes.


Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary (V.V. Kalu Rinpoche)

This book offers to acquaint students with the vocabulary most often encountered in the Tibetan tradition of oral and written Dharma. The words are defined in terms of their Dharma context and many are given their Sanskrit equivalencies. Many line drawings. Two appendices: The Eight Auspicious Symbols and the Tibetan Alphabet and the Seven Elements of Tibetan Letter Combinations (written in U-chen and U-may plus phonetics)

An example of listings: Mind; The Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, and the Path; Right Mindfulness; the Six Consciousnesses; The Ten Universal Fetters; Practice; Vows; Degrees of Spiritual Realization. This is a veritable treasure trove of essential information. (Published originally in 1984)


Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Terminology (Tsepak Rigzin)

Based on The Great Volume of Understanding (Mahavyutpatti), a Sanskrit—Tibetan dictionary commissioned by King Tri Ralpachen in the 9th century and supplemented from works of later Tibetan lamas. 6,000 main entries and over 8,000 sub-entries, with Sanskrit equivalents wherever possible in Romanized transliterated form. The English definitions largely reflect the mode of oral translation evolved in the Buddhist Philosophy classes at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives.

The English translations and definitions have been selected to provide a general meaning aimed at leading to a deeper understanding of Buddhist concepts.

This is the new second edition revised and enlarged by 40%. Hardback.


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