The Fourth Karmapa, Rölpai Dorjé

A Poet Out of Place

Ruth Gamble

Journal of Tibetan Literature (2023) 2 (1): 113-124.

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Keywords Karmapa, Rölpai Dorjé, Mgur, Tibetan poetry, Buddhist poetry


Ruth Gamble

Published 2023-07-26

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Gamble, Ruth. 2023. “The Fourth Karmapa, Rölpai Dorjé: A Poet Out of Place”. Journal of Tibetan Literature 2 (1):113-24.


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