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Aspects of Culture in Eleventh-Century Tsongkha

Aspects of Culture in Eleventh-Century Tsongkha
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Scholar and writer Tseten Dorje will present his research on the culture, customs and cuisine of eleventh-century Tsongkha, an extensive region in contemporary Qinghai Province. This culturally diverse region, situated at the confluence of Tibetan, Mongolian, Turkic and Han cultures, is generally considered to have included modern-day Xining, Kumbum, Datong, Drotsang, and Kokonor. The region is the birthplace and namesake of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of Ganden Monastery near Lhasa, and the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tseten Dorje

Tseten Dorje
Columbia University
Visiting Scholar

Tseten Dorje is currently a visiting scholar in the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University. He has worked as an editor at the journal Tsernyek (Climbing), and is the author of the historical saga King of Tsongkha (Tsong kha’i rgyal po) and Snow Lotus (Ganglha Metok), a novel, as well as numerous academic articles on Tibetan culture and literature. His latest work is a history of the Tsongkha region.


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