Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shad or no Shad

This issue came up recently on the dharmadictionary mailing lists as part of us starting to look into using Tibetan Unicode at the web site.

The issue is that should entries have an ending shad, as in རྩེ། or just be left without, as in རྩེ ?

རྩེ། by the way, means point, peak, top, summit.

Now, there are some dictionaries, such as the Chandra Das one, where the shad is not included. 

However, for most Tibetans not including the shad would look strange. Thus, as we really honor the culture and legacy of Tibetan writing, we decided to use shad at the end. It's a nice way to break the word or construct, as well, indicating where it ends. Naturally, this blog will also use this notation.


Anonymous said...

You guys would seem to be fiddling with shads while Lhasa is burning (well, its inhabitants starving under siege). Are you guys OK?

Kent Sandvik said...

Well, one way of working with the Tibetan cause is to preserve its culture. Anyway, I think compassion is the key in this situation, especially the older monks who try to steer the situation so it does not become violent.

Anyway, this is a Tibetan classical language blog, but of course most if not all of us support the cause of the Tibetan people, since long time ago. --Kent

Kent Sandvik said...

When in doubt, then it's good to follow Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice (just posted):
The purpose of doing demonstrations is to fulfill the Guru His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Holy wishes, this Guru Yoga practice is the path to enlightenment for the benefit of sentient beings.

It is also important to repay the kindness of the Tibetan people, who have preserved the complete Buddha Dharma, not only Vajrayana but the whole path, they have preserved all the teachings for a long time. Due to this we non-Tibetans are able to receive the complete teachings, enjoy and make our lives meaningful.

Now that their need is most urgent we need to be aware of how we can help - it is very important. This is what you would do if you are a sensible person, a thoughtful, intelligent person.

I have sent a message to His Holiness the Dalai Lama explaining what we will do and also requesting what prayers we should do for the achievement of success.

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa