Preserving an Oral Wisdom Tradition
Nitartha international is collecting audio recordings of the oral commentaries of Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, one of the most eminent scholars and meditation masters of the Tibetan tradition.
Oral teachings are integral to Tibetan education. Since the very beginning of formal education in India, teachers have used the oral medium to explain and comment on the basic philosophies and practices of the tradition. This method of communicating knowledge was continued within Tibet. Today oral teachings serve both as a commentary to texts, essential to full understanding of the texts, and as independent sources of information not available in written texts.
Khenpo Rinpoche has been teaching to Western audiences for over twenty years, and numerous ad hoc recordings of his extensive teachings have been made, but never organized or collected in one place. He has given permission to Nitartha international to collect and organize these existing recordings of his teachings, and to arrange to make high quality recordings of his teachings on an ongoing basis. Collection, archiving, and recording activities of Khenpo Rinpoche's teachings are currently underway in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Because the oral commentaries are valuable in and of themselves, and because oral commentaries on Tibetan texts are critical to understanding the living meaning of Tibetan texts, Nitartha is acquiring facilities necessary for recording, editing and preserving oral teachings given by Tibetan teachers wherever they teach. Digital Texts List