Professor Sarah H. Jacoby

The Relatable and Extraordinary Life of Sera Khandro Dewé Dorjé

“As the most prolific historical Tibetan Buddhist woman prior to the 1950s, Sera Khandro Dewé Dorjé presents a candid and nuanced female perspective on what it means to embody Vajrayana Buddhist ideals. The eloquent and subtle Tibetan prose and verse that comprises her long autobiography is as inspiring as it is intensely expressive of a range of relatable human emotions, including rage, grief, love, and humor. In this talk I will share some tastes of a project I am currently immersed in to translate the richness of both the relatable and extraordinary elements of Sera Khandro’s writing from Tibetan into English.”