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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 (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 (sde bzhi) and the ten virtues (dge ba bcu).

Further Reading

  • Josef Kolmaś, Genealogy of the Kings of Derge: Sde-dge'i Rgyal-rabs, Prague: Academia, 1968
  • Josef Kolmaś, 'Dezhung Rinpoche's Summary and Continuation of the Sde-dge'i Rgyal-rabs' in Acta Orientalia Hungarica, vol. 42 no. 1 (1988) 119-152.
  • Leonard van der Kuijp, '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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