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Karma dgon Tibetan Bibliography Database

by Erwan Temple

In case you were not aware of the existence of this wonderful resource, please take the time to sign up for a free account here:

SuttaCentral allows for searches between Chinese, Tibetan, and sanskrit “parallels” and “counterparts” to the suttas of the four main Pali Nikayas. You may want to see their help page before searching through the database. Their bibliography page may also be of interest.

The Dharma Drum Buddhist College website provides many interesting resources, some of which are accessible in English. (If you click on the link above, don’t be discouraged if you can’t read Chinese, just scroll down to find a list of various archives with English names). Many of these links look to be in development and eventually English will probably be added. If you are interested in the Chinese Buddhist Canon or developing materials for Buddhist studies in general, take a look at what is being developed in Taiwan:

Work that includes a Tibetan index: Research Material for the Manchu Buddhist Canon

Development of a Jeffrey Hopkins Digital Archive: The UMA Multimedia Archive of Tibetan Buddhism

Digital Silkroad Museum

Click here to see a very useful list put together by Marcus Bingenheimer, last updated in February of 2009.

Dr. Bingenheimer’s CV.

John Smith has created upgraded versions of his “IndUni” OpenType fonts. These are Unicode-compliant fonts that contain a comprehensive set of “Indological” characters, as well as all the European characters that scholars are likely to need. They are available as freeware, and include high-quality lookalikes for Times, Palatino, New Century Schoolbook, Helvetica and Courier. Download them here.

The Thesaurus Literaturae Buddhicae (TLB) is a quadrilingual presentation of Buddhist literature sentence by sentence in Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and English. See Bibliotheca Polyglotta. If that link does not function, paste this link in your browser: and click on the link to the Thesaurus Literaturae Buddhicae

So far these are the texts available:

Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā

Also note that there are new links posted on our Resources page (use link to the right). These additions include an excellent resource for Tibetan studies from Columbia University, translation work from Dan Martin, and the publications of the International Association for Buddhist Thought and Culture.

The publications of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University are available online:

I. Volume of Sanskrit manuscripts in the British Library:

II. International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University monograph series:

III. International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University annual journal:

In case you didn’t get the memo, this is one of the new ways of interacting with the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center: It will include new additions to the TBRC library, new publications, important technology projects, new work on medical literature and the Tibetan Buddhist canons project, new outlines, new biographical projects , new models, new partnerships and news about our organization.

In case you did not see this post on H-Buddhism Net, or do not have access to that listserv, here’s the news:

I am pleased to announce a new service that is now available through the INDOLOGY website.

SARIT is a freely-available online facility that enables you to search through an online library of Sanskrit texts for keywords, word-collocations, and other linguistic strings.  The system is based on the well-known ARTFL software, and is exceptionally powerful.  It can handle many forms of query and output, including KWIC indexes. Your imagination is the limit.

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