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RZ-50686-07

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Donald S. Lopez (Project Director: November 2006 to present)

The Golden Chronicle: Translation of a 20th Century Tibetan Text

Translation of The Golden Chronicle, the Story of a Cosmopolitan's Pilgrimage, by the Tibetan monk, philosopher, and artist, Gendün Chöpel (1905-1951). The Chronicle is considered the most significant work of Tibetan scholarship of the 20th century. (24 months)

Gendün Chöpel (1903-1951) is widely regarded as the most important Tibetan intellectual of the 20th century. Almost half of his collected writings comprise a single work, entitled "The Golden Chronicle, the Story of a Cosmopolitan's Pilgrimage." Composed and illustrated between 1936 and 1941, this work is often described as his "travel journals." It is much more than that, representing his encounter, and conversation, with classical Indian culture, as well as with modernity, as they appeared to him in colonial south Asia. It is also Gendün Chöpel's urgent call to his compatriots to recognize and engage that modernity. Written in a mixture of conversational prose and elegant poetry, it is the most significant work of Tibetan scholarship of the 20th century. The purpose of this project is to make this work available to a broad audience in the humanities by producing the first English translation of "The Golden Chronicle."

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Project fields:
South Asian History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008