Jangbu

Jangbu (né Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering), ལྗང་བུ།, who also writes under the pen name Seru (“Rhinoceros”), is one of the most influential intellectuals on the contemporary Tibetan scene. Born in 1963 in the high windswept grasslands of Sokpo in northeastern Tibet – now more commonly known as Malho or Henan County in Qinghai Province, he comes from a remarkable nomad family of nine siblings, and stands out as one of the most restless and original Tibetans today in his writing, thought and way of life. After attending school in the prefectural seat of Repgong (Chinese: Tongren) and Beijing, he taught Tibetan language and chemistry in the Malho Middle School from 1981 to 1984. Following four years (1984-1988) in Lanzhou Northwest Nationalities Institute (now a university), Jangbu moved to Lhasa where he worked as committee secretary in People’s Deputies’ Assembly of the TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region). Eight months later he abandoned the lucrative position, and from 1989 to 2006 was employed as an editor at the journal Bod khi rtsom rig sgyu rtsal (Tibetan Literature and Art), which is published by the TAR Writers’ Association in Lhasa. During this period he traveled the length, breadth and height of the Tibetan plateau, as a reporter and as a member of various film crews.

Since 2002, he has served as visiting lecturer in Tibetan language and literature at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris, and spends the summer months working in his home territory. Recently, he founded the first Tibetan magazine addressed to the general public,Tadawa, Workshop Now, and has launched a biannual Poetry Festival designed to bring together writers from all over the Tibetan plateau (held in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009); he has founded a publishing company for educational materials for Tibetan children; and he is engaged in the creation of a series of short documentaries, including Ani Lhacham and Tantric Yogi, available through Purple Productions. He was also script-writer and assistant director of the feature-length film Prince of the Himalayas (Chinese: Ximalaya wangzi), and he has recently completed the documentary, Kokonor.

Dozens of poems and several prose pieces by Jangbu have been published since 1980 in various literary journals in the TAR, and other Tibetan regions of the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Several have been used in literary anthologies and Tibetan language school textbooks, and a number have been translated and published in Mongolian, Chinese, French and English. He is the author of “An Old Ruined Fort.” Also, his three published collections are Ljang bu’i rtsom btus: Snyan ngag deb (Jangbu’s Collected Writings: Poems), Lanzhou; Gansu Nationalities Press, 1996, Ljang bu’i rtsom btus: Lhug rtsom deb (Jangbu’s Collected Writings: Essays), Lanzhou: Gansu Nationalities Publishing House, 1997, and a book of poetry, Gzi mig dug pa (The Nine-Eyed Agate), Hong Kong: Gyiling Press, 2001. He has been awarded more than a dozen major Tibetan literary prizes, including the most prestigious prize for Tibetan-language literature, the Jomolangma Award, in 2001.