Literary Genres › Karchak
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Texts belonging to the genre of karchak (dkar chag), which corresponds to the English terms register, catalogue, index, inventory and table of contents and can provide details of (among other things) collected writings, libraries, stūpas, temples and sacred places.
- Repository of Every Form of Dharma That Might Be Wished For: A Catalogue to the Published Miscellaneous Writings of the Venerable Guru Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
A detailed description of the two-volume edition of Jamyang Khyentse's miscellaneous writings (gsung thor bu) published in India in the late 1960s. The catalogue has three sections: 1) the greatness of the author, 2) the character of the texts, and 3) a brief account of the publication process.
- Precise Discernment of Dharmas: A Catalogue of the Complete Collected Works of the Omniscient King of Dharma, Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa by Getse Mahāpaṇḍita
Getse Mahāpaṇḍita wrote this catalogue to the collected writings of Jigme Lingpa on the occasion of their publication in Derge in or after 1802. He begins with a biography of Jigme Lingpa, then identifies the patrons of the printing, the King and Queen of Derge, and the one who requested the publication, Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer. This is followed by the actual catalogue, which lists all Jigme Lingpa’s writings except those of the Longchen Nyingtik revelation, for which there is a separate catalogue by Jigme Losal Özer.
- Instilling Confidence and Trust: An Inventory of the Sacred Contents of the Jarung Khashor Stūpa by Tulku Rigdzin Pema
Following the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, which severely damaged the Boudha Stūpa, Tulku Rigdzin Pema headed the Stūpa’s restoration. After the completion of his work, Rinpoche wrote this inventory (dkar chag) of the sacred items placed inside the stūpa during its restoration. He also explains how stūpas are filled with relics and the benefits of restoring and worshipping stūpas.