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Minutes from the Tibet Society Meeting Tibet Society 1986

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 The Tibet Society
Annual Membership Meeting of
The Tibet Society
March 22,1986
Chicago Hilton Inn Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Christopher
Beckwith. Eighteen members were in attendance. Michael
Walter was appointed secretary for the meeting. A ballot
committee was appointed to count ballots from the Board of
Directors' election, which was done during the meeting.
Thubten J. Norbu, Geshe Sopa, and Eva Dargyay were elected to
compose the new Board.
Professor Beckwith, as editor of the Journal, stated that the
latest issue was nearing completion, and that sufficient material
for a summer issue, which would be our current issue (1985),
had been gathered. He announced that the Society will publish
papers delivered at the conference held in Bloomington in the
summer of 1984, Beginning a Third Century of Tibetan Studies:
A Conference honoring the Birth of Csoma de Koros in 1784.
Further, Professor Beckwith announced his resignation as editor
of the Journal, effective as of the 1984 issue. He thanked those
who had helped him edit the Journal, and passed editorship
over to Elliot Sperling, Dan Martin, and Michael Walter.
Minutes from the last meeting were accepted by those in
attendance by a voice vote.
In the Treasurer's report, Dr. Grupper announced that the
balance on hand as of December, 1985, was $17,735.90. He
sketched out expenses and balances, as reported in the Society's
proposed annual financial report. That financial report was
accepted as is by the membership attending the meeting.
Professor Beckwith acknowledged a generous contribution by
the MacArthur Foundation to the Society ($5,000), which will be
used to publish future issues of the Journal.
Professor Norbu reported that paying memberships now
numbered from 270 to 300, and that 1,000 newsletters were sent
to subscribers. He noted that this membership was international
and included institutional as well as individual memberships.
Hannah Robinson and Michael Walter then reported on a
proposed Union Catalog for Tibetan-language materials in
North America, which would include full analysis of each
bibliographic volume. If funded, the project would result in a
work of many volumes, covering commercially-published items
as well as manuscripts and blockprints held in public and private
libraries. The advantage to students of Tibetan language and
culture would be comprehensive and efficient data on all such
material, including subject analysis and availability for
reproduction or borrowing.
Professor Beckwith then called for questions on old and new
business. There was one: Is anything being done to increase
membership? Beckwith reported that, yes, there is; various
measures had been tried, but membership had remained nearly
constant. The advantage of a differential in individual as
opposed to institutional membership costs were discussed, but it
was concluded that loss of numbers in one category might more
than compensate for an increase in the other, so for the time
being the proposal was considered unacceptable.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Michael Walter
Secretary pro tempore
The Tibet Sodety, Inc.
January - December, 1986
Balance (Dec. 31,1985) $ 8,131.03
Investment checking interest       232.23
Certificates of deposit interest       566.72
Membership    4,207.32
Donations       580.00
TOTAL $13,717.30
Bank Expenses $      44.10
Books  94.70
Donations: transfers  580.00
Filing fee: Sec. of State  10.00
Office Supplies  528.90
Postage  463.36
Box Rent  22.00
Bulk mailing fee  50.00
Printing:       Maxi  203.96
Journal  4,482.69
Bulletin  1,135.68
Certificate of Deposit  4,000.00
TOTAL EXPENSES  $11,615.39
Balance in Checking (December 31,1986) $ 2,101.91
Savings $ 8,000.00
  The fournal of the Tibet Society is a scholarly periodical devoted to all areas of
research on Tibet and regions influenced by Tibetan culture, including the arts,
astronomy, geography, history, linguistics, medicine, philosophy, religion, the
social sciences, and other subjects. Publication in the fournal is open to scholars of
all countries. The languages of the fou rnal are English, French, German, and Tibetan.
The editor welcomes the submission of articles, brief communications, and books
for review, which deal with Tibet or the Tibetan cultural realm.
Tibetan may be transliterated by contributors in accordance with any of the
standard scientific transliteration systems generally accepted. The following rules
must be observed, however:
1) Absolute consistency must be maintained, except when quoting
previous writers' works, in which case the system found in the
quoted original must be retained in the quotation.
2) If any capitalization is necessary, only the first letter of any word
may be capitalized, e.g., Dpal-ldan, and not dPal-ldan, the exception being that in words beginning (in transliteration) with a non-
alphabetic diacritical mark—such as the apostrophe—the following letter is to be capitalized, e.g. 'Jam-dpal.
3) The type font currently available to us includes the following
diacritical marks and special letters:' " '" ' " ~_. fi, g. (A complete
Greek font is also available.) It is therefore desirable for all transliteration, whatever the system, to restrict itself accordingly.
Transcription of other commonly used languages with non-Latin scripts is
to be done according to the following systems:
Arabic: 'btfhj(org)hkhddhrzsshsdtz'ghfqklmnhwy.
The article should always be transcribeda J- (or Al-), and diphthongs
should employ w and y (instead of u and i) as second elements.
Chinese: The Wade-Giles system.
Manchu: The system found in J. Norman, A Concise Manchu-English
Lexicon, Seattle, 1978.
Mongol: The system found in N. Poppe, Grammar of Written Mongolian, Wiesbaden, 1954.
Russian: abvgdezhziyklmnoprstufkhtschsh shch 'V e yu
Sanskrit: The system adopted by the 10th International Congress of Orientalists (Geneva, 1894).
Manuscripts should be typed on white bond paper, double-spaced, with wide
margins on all sides. Notes must also be typed double-spaced, consecutively
numbered, on a separate page or pages at the end of the manuscripts (not at the
bottom of the page). Please submit a neat, finished manuscript. The original copy
should be submitted. Authors must retain at least one copy of their manuscript. It
is necessary that all errors be corrected on the galleys, which should be returned
All quoted passages of Tibetan more than a few words in length must be noted in
the article text with a number (such as a line-reference to the original source) in
square brackets—e.g.: [8.1]—and then written or typed out in a Tibetan print-style
script (dbu-can) on a separate page or pages. These passages will be printed in Tibetan
at the end of the article. In other words, the original Tibetan of long quoted passages
will not appear in translation in the body or notes of an article, but will appear in
Tibetan script alone, at the end of the article. For examples, please see the articles
H. Uebach and A. Wayman in Volume I. The same method is to be followed for
citations of Chinese words or Japanese words containing ideograms, which unless
very well known should generally be provided. For example, please see the article
by j. Kolmas in Volume I. For certain kinds of studies, this procedure may not be
feasible, in which case exceptions might be made.


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