Archive for the ‘Digital Resources’ Category
The Karmapa announced this project in 2014 and although it is still in development, this app is already up and running well on the iPad for searching the Jiang Kangyur in Tibetan script. It looks like they will be adding the Tengyur and other sources soon. A website for easy access on any computer is also in development and can be found at adarsha.dharma-treasure.org.
From the description on their website:
- 1. ADARSHA is an app that lets you read and conduct searches of ancient documents in a digital format. There are three main categories of texts: (a) Kangyur (the words of the Buddha translated into Tibetan); (b) Tengyur (commentaries by Indian scholars translated into Tibetan); and (c) Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
- 2. The software features a fast search engine and simple user interface that meets the needs and habits of the common user in searching and reading material. Searches can be made in Unicode Tibetan or Wylie, and there are summaries of the scriptures for the convenience of the academic community.
- 3. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje named the software ADARSHA (Sanskrit), which means “clear mirror,” with the hope that users will be able to clearly see their own minds reflected in the scriptures as if they were looking at a clear reflection in a mirror.
Congratulations to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and all those at the Dharma Treasure Association working on this project!
DPS – Digital Preservation Society
For the stunning price of $4,700 you can order 7 DVDs of the high quality digitized them spang ma edition held in the National Library of Mongolia. The Peking edition is 5 DVDs for $3,700.
From their website:
Since 2007 the digitizing of the Tempangma (rgyal rtse’i them spang ma/them spang ma/them spangs ma/Thempangma/them-spangs-ma) manuscript of the Kangyur and the Peking edition of the Kangyur held by the National Library of Mongolia has been undertaken as a joint project by
- National Library of Mongolia (NLM), Ulaanbaatar
- The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP)
- Yuishoji Buddhist Cultural Exchange Research Institute (YBCERI)
This joint project is coordinated by Kawachen, based in Tokyo.
There were a few glitches to work out, but Q & A sessions are planned for Tuesday’s at 2PM (New York Time?).
In case you haven’t heard, TBRC has launched a new and improved website.
You will need to re-register and formally request full access again. It is quite easy and response time is short (24hrs or so). Just click on “LOGIN?REGISTER” at the top right corner of the screen. When you get to the login screen, click the tab labeled “Register (new user)” and fill out the form, remembering to check the box next to Request Full Access.
An important note for people who have been previously accessing the texts at TBRC (from Jeff Wallman):
“One very important change is that we completely rewrote our authentication module. The net change is that all password account holders will need to register themselves. This should be easier to manage since account holders can choose their own user name and password.
In addition, we ask that you formally request full access to text downloads. This is necessary because we want to keep a record of account holder names, emails, and interests, but also so that we can improve the performance of the application. You might be pleasantly surprised that the new interface to the digital texts (we call it the digital pecha viewer “DPV”) is easier to use!”
Every Friday afternoon at the University of Washington a group of scholars and students gather their laptops, electronic tablets, projectors, and infrared images of ancient birch bark scrolls and hike up to a windowless room on the mezzanine floor of Gowen Hall for some not so old-fashioned detective work. The objective of their sleuthing is to coax a little meaning from the most ancient Buddhist manuscripts known to still exist. An image of one piece of one side of a birch bark scroll (the original buried in the vaults of the British Library) is projected on the wall and the group attempts to decipher the small scribblings of an ancient scribe.
The University of Washington – Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project:
Rediscovering the Worlds’ Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts
I. Origin of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project
The Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project (EBMP) was constituted in 1996 to study a collection of Buddhist manuscripts dating from the first century a.d. which had recently been discovered in Afghanistan and acquired by the British Library. The British Library contacted Professor Richard Salomon of the University of Washington’s Department of Asian Languages and Literature requesting that he supervise the study and publication of these unique documents, and shortly thereafter an agreement was signed between the library and the university, establishing the EBMP with Professor Salomon as director of the project and Professor Collett Cox as assistant director. Subsequently, a contract was drawn up between the EBMP and the University of Washington Press for the publication of the results of the research in a new series entitled “Gandhāran Buddhist Manuscripts.” To date, six volumes in this series have been published by EBMP research scholars, with a seventh to be issued shortly.
In case you were not aware, there is a list of easily searchable Tibetan personal names referenced in the Blue Annals here:
This page provides links to pages of names organized in Tibetan alphabetical order, each of which gives the Wylie, reference page, Tibetan rendering, and phonetic rendering (THL) for each name. I hope this can be of use if you were not already aware of it.
Many of you probably know THDL, but if you haven’t kept up with their machinations you may find it difficult to find information on this huge resource. The first thing to know is that THDL is no longer THDL, it is called THL (Tibetan Himalayan Library) and it is no longer housed (even in parts) at www.thdl.org. It is now officially only at www.thlib.org The journal for International Association of Tibetan Studies is here.
Although one might fall prey to the hope that things have become easier to find on THL now that it has fewer letters, simply recall the old adage about hope and fear and settle in for a session of learning experiences. Other than the pretty pictures, THL has also provided us with the experience of not being able to find half of the things that one used to be able to find on the old site. This is because some pages and resources are still in transition and will arrive at their new homes soon.
Compiled by Marcus Bingenheimer and updated last in March 2008. A very useful list of bibliographies on all kinds of subjects, such as The Architecture of Tibet: An Introductory Bibliography, or Bibliographical Sources for Buddhist Studies: From the Viewpoint of Buddhist Philology, and so on.