84000 Glossary of Terms

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དཔལ་བརྩེགས། | Glossary of Terms

  • དཔལ་བརྩེགས་རཀྴི་ཏ།

  • དཔལ་བརྩེགས་རཀྵི་ཏ།
  • དཔལ་བརྩེགས།
  • བན་དེ་དཔལ་བརྩེགས།
  • སྐ་བ་དཔལ་བརྩེགས།
  • dpal brtsegs
  • ban de dpal brtsegs
  • ska ba dpal brtsegs
  • dpal brtsegs rak+Shi ta
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Paltsek (eighth to early ninth century), from the village of Kawa north of Lhasa, was one of Tibet’s preeminent translators. He was one of the first seven Tibetans to be ordained by Śāntarakṣita and is counted as one of Guru Rinpoché’s twenty-five close disciples. In a famous verse by Ngok Lotsawa Loden Sherab, Kawa Paltsek is named along with Chokro Lui Gyaltsen and Zhang (or Nanam) Yeshé Dé as part of a group of translators whose skills were surpassed only by Vairotsana.

He translated works from a wide variety of genres, including sūtra, śāstra, vinaya, and tantra, and was an author himself. Paltsek was also one of the most important editors of the early period, one of nine translators installed by Tri Songdetsen (r. 755–797/800) to supervise the translation of the Tripiṭaka and help catalog translated works for the first two of three imperial catalogs, the Denkarma (ldan kar ma) and the Samyé Chimpuma (bsam yas mchims phu ma). In the colophons of his works, he is often known as Paltsek Rakṣita (rak+Shi ta).