Dzi are often described as a Tibetan’s most precious possession. Mysterious in origin, they are as old as the land itself. Within their shapes are stories of deities, protectors and living creatures. Because Dzi possess powerful healing and protective properties they are crushed and transformed; integrated within tangkas and ril bu. Mediating between land and life, the material and the immaterial, Dzi help us visualize Tibetan theory and praxis: modes of thinking and being that blend traditional land based knowledge with ancient and emergent cosmologies. 

The Dzi Journal is preoccupied with Tibetan ways of being in the world and hopes to further the development of new grammars of Tibetan experience. This is a decolonial project which aims at creating a space for Tibetans that bypasses institutions that have and continue to silence Tibetan voices. Indeed, we intend to carve out a site for Tibetans outside the non-Tibetan dominated academic spaces of contemporary Tibet Studies and to push against narratives that seek to reduce our aliveness.

 

We strive instead to embrace the multiplicity of Tibetan experience which exists at the intersection of dispossession, dispersion, resistance and resilience. Beyond this, we wish to hold space for playful theoretical encounters: dialogues between Machig Labdrön and Lorde, the Sixth Dalai Lama and Said, discussions which draw from all forms of traditions, disciplines and knowledge. We seek pieces that speak to the loving rumination with which Tibetan writers research and write Tibetan experiences. 

Submissions are solicited from folks who identify as Tibetan, particularly Tibetans who feel strongly about thinking through processes of Tibet related knowledge-making. Tibetans from any age and background are invited to submit. Acknowledging the existence of community within community (and the dynamics of harm which suppresses these voices), we are committed to holding space for Tibetans who are from marginalized communities. Requests for anonymity are welcomed and will be respected. We urgently want to know what Tibetan theory and praxis means to you.

Pictured: Petroglyphs from Kak Nyingba

(Pohle, Perdita. “Petroglyphs and Abandoned Sites in Mustang: A unique source for research in cultural history and historical geography” in Ancient Nepal 153, June 2003.)

“All that depends on conditions lacks inherent existence. What finer instruction could there be - what more astonishing insight?” 

- Je Tsongkhapa (from In Praise of Dependent Origination)

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