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I read Greek, Latin, Sanskrit and Tibetan regularly and occasionally Spanish, French, and German. Every once in a while I try to read Ancient Egyptian and Coptic.I have been a translator of Tibetan texts for Lamas and their pupils since 1974.
Here are the URLs for two translations I did for the Jonang school of TIbetan Buddhism:


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Happy Chokhor Duchen

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 10:28am 1 Comment

Happy Chokhor Duchen

Lunar Anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha teaching the Four Noble Truths

Buddha Nature's Auspiciousness

Abiding in the heart of all sentient beings,
the selfness of all, highest lord of all lineages,
the great bliss producer of sentient beings,
may Buddha nature bring you peace today.
--Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361)
translated by James Rutke

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At 2:00pm on January 14, 2012, Mika Perala said…

Hello James, I just noticed you had left a comment. Yes, I have read Jäniksen vuosi and many other Paasilinna's books. I thought they already were translated in English. At least many of them are in French, he's popular there. Best work are from his early career, maybe he got bit lazy later.

I like many Elvis' gospels even though I don't really care about the lyrics mostly but the sincerity of his singing is great.

At 12:24pm on January 6, 2012,

Well, good luck (or go n-éirí an bóthar leat, as they say) with the Irish if you do decide to tackle it. That is often translated as May the road rise to meet to you, but it's idomatic and that is not a suitable translation into English, even if it does make sense to English speakers.  A better translation would be along the lines of may you succeed with the road (or way) of your journey.  Anyway, if you do take it up, I'm sure you will find some fascinating linguistic links between Sanskrit and Irish words.

At 10:04am on January 6, 2012,

BTW, do you go by Jim or James?  I have no idea why I called you Jim!  LOL   Anyway, I read what you wrote about the colors and the tradition from which you learned them.   Clearly, I should just sit down, listen and learn!  :-)  What you said about it all depending on the state of things really rang true with me. 

Also, since you're such a crack hand at languages, you should add Irish to your impressive list!  It's a neat language and sounds so lovely.  On one of my sojourns there, I spent a month in the Gaeltacht taking an intensive language course from University College Galway.  It was a long time ago & now I'm so rusty at it that I squeak!  LOL  I still know/understand a lot of the grammar & can understand a good bit, although my vocabulary & conversational skills are pretty darn weak.   But that was a fun month!

At 12:55pm on January 5, 2012,

Jim,  I suppose what I was thinking was using various notes of the music scale as the pitch for the voice as the sounds you suggest are chanted or entoned - whichever way you choose to express that.  And as there are specific musical notes generally associated with each color, then I shall start with those.  So following your routine the color'-tone associations I will use will be:

White light - not sure what tone to use! I'll research that further....

Red light - C

Blue light - G (Indigo - A)  so it depends on which blue you mean

Yellow (yellowish gold) - E

Green - F

One reason I was curious about your choice of colors was that normally green is associated with the heart chakra, blue with the throat, indigo with the brow, violet with the crown, red with the root, orange with the sacral, and yellow with the solar plexus.    At first I thought perhaps you were using the complimentary color of each chakra, in order to bring balance, which is a valid idea, also used in astrology;  and alchemy, I believe, although I'm pretty much a complete neophyte when it comes to that subject.

Anyway, that's how my thoughts on all this were running. :-)

~ Deb

At 7:42pm on November 7, 2011, Capt. Anand Kumar said…
Welcome James. Your background and amazing capabilities with so many languages, is bound to be a very richly rewarding experience for our community. We do look forward to your valuable contibutions.

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