Dondrub Gyal

Dondrub Gyal,དོན་འགྲུབ་རྒྱལ།, whose name is also romanized “Dhondup Gyal,” began publishing in 1980 and is credited with founding modern Tibetan literature. In 1985, feeling that the fate of the Tibetan people was hopeless, he committed suicide. Among the works published before his death are a book of short stories, Dawn Pillow Writing (‘bol-rtsom zhogs-pa’i skya-rengs), and History and Specificity of the Tibetan Tradition of Narrative Song (Mgur-glu’i lo-rgyus dang khyed-chos). In 1999, his works were collected into seven volumes and published in China. The works included here, “Your Birth Day” and “Waterfall of Youth,” were originally published in Light Rain (Sbrang char) in 1983. After Dondrub’s death, they were reprinted in two editions of his work: the first published in 1994 by the Amnye Machen Institute in Dharamsala, India; and the second, a larger edition, published in 1997 in China.