Khenpo Kalsang Dhondup’s “Incomparable Guide,” Translated by Khenpo Kalsang Dhondup and Patrick Dowd

Kalsang Dhondup, Patrick Dowd

Journal of Tibetan Literature (2023) 2 (2): 189-196.

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In his poem "Incomparable Guide" (ston pa mtshungs med), Khenpo Kalsang Dhondup brings a modern, almost scientific, perspective to the traditional Indo-Tibetan genre of "hymns of praise" (Skt. stotra, Tib. bstod pa), a thematically-oriented verse form that may date as far back as the sixth century BCE. The poem offers us an intriguing glimpse at the poetry of a learned Khenpo who writes beautifully, but whose humility has previously prevented him from sharing his work more widely with others. 


Kalsang Dhondup

Patrick Dowd

Published 2023-12-18

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Dhondup, Kalsang, and Patrick Dowd. 2023. “Khenpo Kalsang Dhondup’s ‘Incomparable Guide,’ Translated by Khenpo Kalsang Dhondup and Patrick Dowd”. Journal of Tibetan Literature 2 (2):189-96.


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