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Gedun Lhundup

Rongwo Gedun Lhundup is a well known poet for his free verse. Born in Amdo, he studied Buddhism as a monk in Rongwo, Labrang and Serta Monasteries. He has published five books of poetry. They are “The Sound of the Yak and the Wild Yak”; “The Poem of the Great Deity”; “The Black Rosary”; “The Melody of Life” and “The White Volume” (གླེགས་བམ་དཀར་པོ). He blogs on Tsanpo, Gedun Chophel and Tso Ngonpo. (more…)

Is Nationalism a Good Thing?

Shokjang

Shokjang is a leading intellectual of his generation. He was born in Labrang in Amdo. He studied Tibetan literature at the Northwest Nationalities University in Lanzhou. He has published four books: The Courage of the Path (ལམ་གྱི་སྙིང་སྟོབས།); The Pen’s Strength (སྙུ་གུའི་སྟོབས།); For Freedom I Have No Regrets (རང་དབང་གི་དོན་དུ། ང་ལ་བློ་འགྱོད་མེད་།); and The Courage of Rangdrol (རང་གྲོལ་སྙིང་སྟོབས།). He writes on Tsenpo and Samsara. In the following piece, posted on Samsara in May 2014, he makes a very strong defense for the individual’s right and freedom. (more…)

Shut Your Dog’s Mouth

Chen

Chen Metak (གཅན་མེ་སྟག) is a very well-known Tibetan writer from Amdo. The poem “Shut Your Dog’s Mouth” is a sarcastic poem written to criticize a certain unnamed person. It was published in December 2014 on Chodmey (Butter Lamp) online journal, one of the most popular online journals. We have translated the first part of the poem. (more…)

An Old Thangka

Shoklong

Thopa Rangdrol writes under the pen name Shoklung (Morning Wind). He was born in Amdo Golok in the 1980s. He has studied at Serta Monastry and Rongwo monastery in Tibet. His writings were published on several Tibetan magazines including the “Nationalities Literary Magazine”. He has published a book called “The Dream of An Education” in 2009. (more…)

Who Is The Hero Who Carries Half the Sky?

Boshuk Kyi is from Trika, south of the Kokonor in Amdo. She works at the Qinghai Research Center for Tibetan Medicine (མཚོ་སྔོན་བོད་ཀྱི་གསོ་རིག་ཞིབ་འཇུག་ཁང་།) and studies at the Qinghai Tibetan Medical School (མཚོ་སྔོན་གསོ་རིག་སློབ་གླིང་།). She has been published in numerous journals including Sunlight (ཉི་འོད་།), Dolma (སྒྲོལ་མ), Snowflower (གངས་རྒྱན་མེ་ཏོག) and the very prestigious Light Rain (སྦྲང་ཆར།).

Boshuk Kyi’s poem “Who Is The Hero Who Carries Half the Sky?” won the national Tibetan women’s writing competition in 2011. The poem is a celebration of Tibetan women. Of the women mentioned in the poem, Queen Trimalho was a powerful queen regent of the ancient Tibetan empire of the Yarlung valley, Machik Labdron was a visionary who created the practice of Chod-the only Tibetan to create such a practice instead of importing from India, and Milarepa’s mother was arguably as powerful an influence on his life as his teacher Marpa. But history underestimates their achievement. The below is an excerpt. The original in Tibetan has five more stanzas. (more…)

Tibetan Spelling Mistakes and More

Labrang

Shokjang was born in Labrang in Amdo. He studied Tibetan literature at the Northwest Nationalities University in Lanzhou. He is a leading intellectual of his generation. He has published four books: The Courage of the Path (ལམ་གྱི་སྙིང་སྟོབས།); The Pen’s Strength (སྙུ་གུའི་སྟོབས།); For Freedom I Have No Regrets (རང་དབང་གི་དོན་དུ། ང་ལ་བློ་འགྱོད་མེད་།); and The Courage of Rangdrol (རང་གྲོལ་སྙིང་སྟོབས།). He writes on Tsenpo and Samsara. (more…)

Listen. Where Is That Bark Coming From?

Sangdor is a well-known Tibetan writer who has published five books.
In particular, his book “Tulphod”, with its new metered verses,
created a literary stir among Tibetan writers. He is the former editor
of Sangdor website which was shut down recently. This piece was
published on Rangdrol blog in 2012.
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Yangjin Lamo

Yangchen Lhamo

Yangjin Lamo: a Tibetan Singer and Philanthropist. With Tibetan infused pop music gaining momentum on the Chinese music scene, Tibetan singer Yangjin Lamo can be viewed as an exemplary role model. A multitalented woman, Yangjin Lamo is a singer, award winner (China Grammys), philanthropist, co-founder of a Tibetan medicine company, blogger and strong advocate for women’s well being. (more…)

Exiles, Let’s Go to Tibet

This excerpt is from Lu-nyon (real name: Yeshi Gyatso) and published on Sangdor blog, one of the most popular blogs inside Tibet. Lu-nyon has published more than thirteen books and some of them, including “The Stateless Person,” have been translated into English. He is from Tibet although he now lives in America.
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Jakthang

Bongtak Rilu’s real name is Rinchen Dhondup. Bongtak is the name of his birthplace and Rilu is a childhood nickname used by his family. Bongtak Rilu has published four books of poetry; the latest one is titled, “I am Mounted with a Golden Saddle.” His writings are simple and transparent, focusing on current social changes. (more…)