Sonam Tsering Ngulphu
Lecturer in Tibetan
Office: 615 Uris Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
PhD: Columbia University
MTS: Harvard University
MA: Central University for Tibetan Studies
Tibetan Studies, Religion, and Buddhist Studies
Sonam Tsering Ngulphu has taught topics on religion, Buddhist philosophy, and Tibetan language and literature at monasteries and modern educational institutions in India and the US. He had previously worked as the managing editor of Tibet Journal, an academic quarterly on Tibetan studies, where he also co-edited thematic series on Tibet and British Raj, Tibetan monuments, and a fourteen-issue history of Tibetan art.
Sonam’s doctoral dissertation examined the eighteen-volume Collected Works of Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419) to assess the role of the texts in the formation of Geluk School in Tibet during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It studied the significant roles that Je Tsongkhapa’s writings have played in establishing doctrinal authority, defining philosophical boundaries, postulating intellectual identity, and reorienting monastic education for Tibet’s largest school of thought and philosophy.
Trained in several languages, Sonam specializes in translation and interpretation with a focus on classical Tibetan Buddhist texts.
Precious Garland: Buddhist Polity on Life and Liberation (Rājaparikathāratnāvali, Trans & Annot. LTWA, 2014)
Verses of Naga King Drum (Nāgarājabherīgāthā, Trans. 8400, 2020)
“The Sixth Ling Rinpoche Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Trinlé (1903–1983),” “Emchi Khyenrab Norbu (1883–1962),” “Tuksé Tubten Lhundrub (1906–1955),” and other biographies under National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) Grant (Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya, http://www.treasuryoflives.org/)
Tibet Journal (Managing Editor, 2001–2004)
Tshan rig dus deb (Assistant Editor, 2001–2003)