Tibetan names

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by dharmagoat » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:11 am

dzoki wrote:
dharmagoat wrote:
dzoki wrote:CHABKHANG TSOGPO - dirty toilet
Ew, I would ask for my money back.

I can see why you choose not to use it.
Haha, it was a joke. I doubt any lama would give such a name.
Oh dear, don't I look foolish. :toilet:

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Juliana » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:26 pm

Somebody knows what Padma Dechen means?

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by pemachophel » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:50 pm

Lotus of Great Bliss

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Alfredo » Thu May 01, 2014 1:33 pm

Drawing on my limited knowledge of Tibetan, a name like Sangye Chophel (Buddha + Flourishing of Dharma) might be abbreviated to Sangcho, which sounds like the word for "toilet." ("Chapsang" would be the honorific, if that is not too surreal that there should be an honorific for "toilet".)
The Lama who gave me my name was a GYATSO too. Does the last name ever function as a kind of 'family name'?
More likely a lineage marker. For example, everybody ordained by Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama gets "Tenzin" as part of his ordination name. Karma Kagyu disciples apparently all get the name "Karma." etc.
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Palzang Jangchub » Fri May 02, 2014 4:22 am

Alfredo wrote:
The Lama who gave me my name was a GYATSO too. Does the last name ever function as a kind of 'family name'?
More likely a lineage marker. For example, everybody ordained by Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama gets "Tenzin" as part of his ordination name. Karma Kagyu disciples apparently all get the name "Karma." etc.
In my limited experience, when a Refuge ceremony is given in public it's the first name that designates the lineage the presiding master belongs to, rather than the second or last name. So Karma Kagyupas would be "Karma ______," Drikung Kagyupas are, by and large, "Konchog _____," and most of the Gelukpas I know are "Lobsang _____."

GYATSO is pretty common as a name in general, but even more so with it being the second element in the Dalai Lama's name, Tenzin Gyatso. As Alfredo mentioned, HH gives TENZIN as the first part of ordination names (i.e. to monks and nuns). HH Penor Rinpoche (late head of the Palyul Nyingma lineage) gave THUBTEN to those who took ordination with him.

I've read in numerous places that the way Tibetans put together their names has led to quite a bit of consternation on the part of immigration and naturalization officials. I think the concept of a family name isn't really prevalent in Tibetan culture, but there certainly are clans which predate Vajrayana entering. Most biographies of high lamas mention which clan they're from, though I'm not exactly sure how clans figure into the identities of regular Tibetans.

Imagine how big they thought the Rinpoche family was! :rolling:
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by SHERAB OSEL » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:50 am

SHERAB OSEL :stirthepot:

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by kirtu » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:12 am

Karma Jinpa wrote: HH Penor Rinpoche (late head of the Palyul Nyingma lineage) gave THUBTEN to those who took ordination with him.
I only took refuge with HHPR but also received Thubten. I'm pretty sure that he gave Thubten to both those who took refuge and those who took ordination.

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Post by Karma Dorje » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:57 am

kirtu wrote:
Karma Jinpa wrote: HH Penor Rinpoche (late head of the Palyul Nyingma lineage) gave THUBTEN to those who took ordination with him.
I only took refuge with HHPR but also received Thubten. I'm pretty sure that he gave Thubten to both those who took refuge and those who took ordination.

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Yes, I also received Thubten from Penor Rinpoche in my refuge name. Not just for ordination.
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Runningalong » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:49 pm

Hi .. I recently joined this forum and wondering if anyone can help me with the meaning of my Tibetan names?

Padme Chime Lhamo

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by pemachophel » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:01 pm

Padma = Lotus; Chime = Deathless; Lhamo = Goddess/Devi
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Azureblue » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:16 pm

Hello
I've just recently taken refuge and was given the name Thubten Lamzang - does any one what it means.
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by ratna » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:23 pm

Azureblue wrote:Hello
I've just recently taken refuge and was given the name Thubten Lamzang - does any one what it means.
Thank you
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by maryiso » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:59 pm

Greetings,

What is the translation for dharma name Kalsang Tharpa?

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by pemachophel » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:26 pm

Kalzang = Fortunate Eon (Bhadrakalpa)
Tharpa = Liberation
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by maryiso » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:50 am

Thank you, pemachophel.
Does the spelling "Tharba" have a different meaning?

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by PemaYudron » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:47 am

My name is Pema Yudron.

I think it means Lotus on a turquoise lake but I'm not sure.
I love that image tho....

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Somerset » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:02 pm

Pema = Lotus
Yudron = Turquoise Lamp :smile:

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by Elle » Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:09 pm

Hello...great site. Wonder if you would give what Padma Yangzin means? This is how it was written about 25 yrs ago. Thank you.

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Re: Tibetan names

Post by conebeckham » Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:53 pm

Pema Yangzin--depending on spelling in Tibetan, I am going to guess it is "Holder of The Melody of the Lotus." Pema =Lotus, Yang usually is "melody" or "song," and "zin" is usually "holder" or "possessor."
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
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Re: Tibetan names

Post by dzogchungpa » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:15 pm

conebeckham wrote:Yang usually is "melody" or "song," and "zin" is usually "holder" or "possessor."
Maybe this: http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/yongs_'dzin?
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