NSW: Buddhist Studies Seminar

The Life of Pawo Tsuglak Threngwa will be the topic of the next seminar of the Australian Association of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sydney on 6:00-7:30pm (AEST) on Thursday 24 August. This will be a hybrid session.

The next seminar of the Australian Association of Buddhist Studies will be at 6:00-7:30pm (AEST) on Thursday 24 August in the Rogers Room (N397), John Wooley Building (A20), University of Sydney. If unable to attend in person, you are welcome to join via Zoom using this link.

The Life of Pawo Tsuglak Threngwa (1504–1566)

Pawo Tsuglak Threngwa is a well-known 16th-century scholar and historian who lived during the heyday of Tibetan scholasticism. As a student of the Eighth Karmapa and a teacher to the Ninth Karmapa, he was a figure of particular importance to the Karma bKa’ brgyud tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Although his overall impact was remarkable and his Tibetan religious history The Feast of the Wise (mKhas pa’i dga’ ston) is widely accepted as a significant, unique, and reliable source by Tibetan scholars and academics alike, his life and his writings are little studied. This presentation seeks to present his life with some unique episodes, major activities of his life, and a brief overview of his work.

Dorjee Wangdi is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney. His Ph.D. research looks at the Life and Works Pawo Tsuglak Threngwa. He has a Master of Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He also studied Buddhist Philosophy through the monastic education system in India. Before starting his study at the University, he served as Associate Lecturer at the Royal University of Bhutan.


Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa. Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive