Padmakara, literature of a living tradition.
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About Padmakara

Literature of a living tradition

Padmakara was founded in 1987, in Dordogne, France, and is directed by Tsetul Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche.

Padmakara is the department of Songtsen responsible for the preservation, translation and publication of Tibetan texts. Its principal aim is to preserve and communicate to a Western audience the major texts of classic and contemporary Tibetan literature, particularly works on Buddhist philosophy and practice.

The Padmakara Translation Group, composed of translators and editors of a variety of nationalities, does its best to convey, in as many languages as possible, all the depth and flavour of texts originating in the four great schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Éditions Padmakara publishes and distributes books (mainly the Translation Group’s translations into French), practice text booklets (mainly in French and English but in other languages too), and audio recordings

Padmakara’s objectives

To save an ancient tradition, over one thousand years old, from being lost

The wisdom of ancient Indian Buddhism was preserved in its entirety in Tibet for over twelve centuries, and further enriched by the experience acquired by the great Tibetan teachers. Since the Communist occupation, this extraordinary body of knowledge has been threatened with extinction. To preserve the living oral tradition and the written texts upon which it is based is therefore a task of the utmost urgency.

To present the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to a Western audience.

This wisdom, still held by authentic teachers, is the subject of growing interest and study in the Western world. Padmakara’s wish is to make it available, in a variety of forms and in different languages, to all those wishing to understand it and put it into practice for themselves.

Padmakara's activities

To achieve these aims, Padmakara has defined four main areas of ongoing activity :