Monthly Archive for February, 2011


In June 1968, I had been in India for one year.  I do remember seeing a few Tibetans who were selling knitwear in the streets of old Delhi.   I did not have time to get to know them like my friend Arthur Mandelbaum who was teaching English to refugee’s in India at that time. Among these people were monks that were educated in the Tibetan traditions probably far beyond our mere university level, but they were studying English.  As we know, later that exercise became important for those of us who were fortunate to receive Buddhist teachings that were spoken in English by former students of Arthur.

Dalai Lama / Dudjom RinpocheI did have the opportunity in 1974 to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama, when he spoke to a small audience at the TROEPEN MUSEUM in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  His talk was ecumenical and to me much like a visit with a friend, needless to say, I was very impressed.  A year later after returning to New York City thanks to my friend Loren, I followed his suggestion to take refuge as a Buddhist from a Tibetan lama named Kalu Rinpoche. Continue reading ‘Tibetans’


Geshe Jamspal Interviewed – Jan 2010

Arthur Mandelbaum wrote: “This interview has an introduction in it. You can say that Geshe Lobsang Jamspal is a great scholar of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist texts. He was a teacher at the Sanskrit University, Benares, during the late sixties and early seventies. He’s been in the USA since 1974. Since getting his PhD from Columbia University, he has been teaching there and translating. He revisited the Sanskrit University in January 2009. I videoed the interview with him on 3rd February 2010 at his residence at Columbia”.

Geshe Jamspal at the Sanskrit University 2009 photos  of his return visit.

Geshe Jamspal CV/Bio (PDF view or download).

Geshe Jamspal at Columbia University, Jan 2010.

Geshe Jamspal at Columbia.


Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center (seems to be offline 2014/1).

Columbia University Faculty

The Tibet Center


University Web Site

Times of India – New SSU-VC Vows to End Corruption (13 Feb 2011)

Kei Kataoka – アジア研究情報ゲートウェイ (info on SSU library).


Sampurnanand Sanskrit University

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Sarnath, Varanasi, India).

Sarasvati Bhavana Granthamala (Texts from Sārasvati Bhavan library, SSU).

Sarasvati Susama (Sanskrit Research Journal, SSU).

Pandit Baldev Upadhyaya (Director/Professor Emeritus, Research Institute, SSU).

Herbert Güenther (German Buddhist Scholar – Headed SSU Buddhist Dept 58/63).


The Bamian Buddhas, Ali’s Dragon & Kohr-I-Baba Pass

On an Autumn morning of 1968 in Afghanistan two friends and I set out from Kabul in a Land Rover to spend a few days visiting the statues of Buddha at the valley of Bamian in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

Bamian Buddha destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Destroyed Bamian Buddha

Old Bamian Buddha Statue before destruction.

Old Bamian Buddha

The road out of Kabul is the same road leading over the Salang Pass and on to the town of Tashkarghan where it forks left to Mazar i Sharif and Uzbekistan, right to the towns of Faizabad, Kunduz, and up into Tajikistan and China. Traveling north from Kabul and some kilometres before the Salang Pass there is a dirt track leading off west from the village of Pul-i-Matak, it leads to Bamian Valley, up to the Band-i-Mir lakes and Maimana in the region of the Hazarat. This dirt track is strictly for animal caravans and four-wheel drive vehicles; it is the only route stretching across the centre of Afghanistan and only open from April to October. The drive from Pul-i-Matak to Bamian is some 150 kilometres through gorges and valleys and takes several hours to negotiate. Continue reading ‘The Bamian Buddhas, Ali’s Dragon & Kohr-I-Baba Pass’