Founder of tibetology



Tibetan-English Dictionary

"Laying the foundations of scientific research on Tibetan language and litterature was the result of the Hungarian patriot Alexander Csoma de Kõrös' self-sacrificing activity."
- A. Grünwedel, a great scholar of Buddhism

"Csoma laid the foundations, others only built on them."
- S. C. Malan

SEARCHING FOR THE HUNGARIANS' ORIGINAL HOME

"Eveyone should know and respect his own culture, traditions and live following them happily. To reject them would be meaningless. Hungarians should follow Hungarian customs without error, as all the others should follow their own... Every people is bound to its own culture and feels best following them... This is natural, since our culture is part of our identity, our self. It is the same with religion. So everyone should follow and rely on what he feels confident for. For instance a donkey has a huge tool and this makes him feel self-confident."
- Lama Ngawang

"...the Hungarians' ancestors, the Hun people, departing from Asia was a mighty people."
- Alexander Csoma de Kõrös

"Sometime, somewhere you need to take something to be the truth. But if you cling to it too strongly, then even if truth itself comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it."
- Buddha

"I am a native of the Siculian nation (a tribes of those Hungarians who settled in ancient Dacia in the 4th century of the Christian era) in the great principality of Transylvania, subject of His Majesty the Emperor of Austria."

"After I completed my study of theology and philosophy in Bethlen College, at Nagyenyed, for the next three years from August 1st, 1815, through September 5, 1818, I stayed in Germany and attended lectures in Hannover at the University of Göttinga with the permission of His Majesty the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary."

"Since my parents died and my brother did not need my support, I decided to leave Hungary for the East and as much as possible by the means I can command for my support, dedicate myself to studies for the future benefit of the world of scholars in general, and particularly to shed light on the origin and unknown past of my nation."
- Alexander Csoma de Kõrös

Question: On how many occasions did (our ancestors) arrive to Hungary?
Answer: On three occasios:
first-under the name of Hunnus,
second-Avares (Avars)
and third-Hungarus or Magyars
- From a schoolbook, 1771

Possessing informations he obtained through his Tibetan studies, Csoma departed for Tibet. Having thorough knowledge of the language and litterature, he was confident to find in Tibet's great libraries data on the origins and ancient history of the Huns and Uygurs, to whose land he was to travel north-east of Tibet, in Inner-Mongolia, at China's western border. "If possible I'll make a roundtrip in Central Asia" he said. On the way to Tibet he fell ill and in Darjeeling, India, on April 11, 1842, he entered the realm of peace.