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Derge town from above with the Sakya monastery and the famed printing house in the center of town. In front of the line of white stupa is a school today, however, this was the former location of the Derge Royal Palace. (photo courtesy of Matthew Pistono)

Dergé (Tib. སྡེ་དགེ་, Wyl. sde dge) — a region and also a town situated in Eastern Tibet. It was the birthplace of Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and is also the location of a famous printing house.


The name 'Dergé' is often glossed as the place of the four aspects of wellbeing (Tib. སྡེ་བཞི་, sde bzhi) and the ten virtues (Tib. དགེ་བ་བཅུ་, dge ba bcu).

Further Reading

  • Kessler, Peter. Die historischen Königreiche Ling und Derge. Laufende Arbeiten zu einem Ethnohistorischen Atlas Tibets (EAT), 1983
  • Kolmaś, Josef. Genealogy of the Kings of Derge: Sde-dge'i Rgyal-rabs, Prague: Academia, 1968
  • Kolmaś, Josef. 'Dezhung Rinpoche's Summary and Continuation of the Sde-dge'i Rgyal-rabs' in Acta Orientalia Hungarica, vol. 42 no. 1 (1988) 119-152.
  • van der Kuijp, Leonard. 'Two Early Sources for the History of the House of Sde-dge' in Journal of the Tibet Society, vol. 8, 1988, pp. 1-20

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