Lobsang Tendar Releases New Tibetan Dictionary

Author Lobsang Tendar

DHARAMSALA: Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche released a new comprehensive Tibetan dictionary written by Lobsang Tendar, a lexicographer and editor, at a function in Gangchen Kyishong here.

Explaining about features of the dictionary, Lobsang Tendar said it has taken almost 13 years of rigorous research in publishing the dictionary.

The dictionary contains 60,000 words with contents ranging from Tibetan history to Buddhism and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s biography. 

Author Lobsang Tendar

The Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration undertook the final editing and publication of the dictionary. Acharya Karma Monlam of the publication section of DoE carried out detailed editing and provided invaluable inputs on account of his expertise in Hindi, Tibetan and English languages. Under his supervision around 10 experts based in Dhramsala assisted in editing and gave nuggets of information.

Praising Lobsang Tendar for his work, Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdong Rinpoche said the new dictionary will make invaluable contribution towards the learning and preservation of Tibetan language among the younger generations of Tibetans.

He stressed the importance of both written and spoken language as an identity of any nation or person. He said that the unique Tibetan culture and language are the most important features for our struggle.

“… The Tibetan dictionary will always remain relevant in learning process unlike the articles and essays which are written once for an event or issue,” Kalon Tripa said.

The publication of the new Tibetan dictionary came at a significant time as the Department of Education was aiming to develop vocabularies available in the English-Tibetan dictionary published by it into their Tibetan terminology.

Lobsang Tendar is currently working as the editor of text books at the Tibetan Children's Village school in Dharamsala.

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