Sakya Library

SachenKungaNyingpoAnother great source of Classical Tibetan texts is the Sakya Library. This collection was instituted by the great Sakya teacher Ven. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, Currently this online collection has:

  • – “Rare and Precious Buddhist Scriptures”, published in 2012 by the International Buddhist Academy in conjunction with Sachen International of Lama Guru, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  •  “The Collection of the Eighteen Renowned Scriptures: Root texts and Commentaries”, published in 2011 by Sachen International in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The first collection has many Sakya commentaries. The second collection has many important Tengyur texts as well.

 

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Tsadra Foundation – Damngak Rinpoché Dzö

JamgonKongtrulAnother qualified and great resource of Tibetan texts online are the offerings from Tsadra Foundation such as  Jamgön Kongtrül‘s Treasury of Precious Instructions (gdams ngag rin po che’i mdzod). All the 18 Volumes of this monumental collection is available at this web site, both in Tibetan Unicode as well as in Wylie. You could also do searches across this collection.

This monumental collection brings together the most important instructions from the most renowned masters of the eight great practice lineages in Tibet.

For example, here is Atisha‘s Lamp On the Path To Enlightenment:  ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་ལམ་གྱི་རིམ་པའི་གཞུང་བྱང་ཆུབ་ལམ་གྱི་སྒྲོན་མ་.

 

 

 

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC)

SakyaPanditaToday we have plenty of web sites with Tibetan text material – just do a web search with a Tibetan sentence or part of a sentence. In many cases it’s not clear about where the text came from, who edited it, what was the purpose, was this a critical edition or a raw version, does the texts have added typos or misprints and so on. It does not help either that we don’t have a contemporary Tibetan buddhist culture where the source defines the version, similar to the Derge Printing House with its specific Kangyur and Tengyur prints.

It means we need to be careful and use resources and web sites that we know have a history and a known background.

One of these major sites is Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center,  or now called Buddhist Digital Resource Center. Thanks to the efforts of Gene Smith this site has millions of scanned pages available as PDF downloads. Today any serious practitioner could apply for an account at this web site. The site is very easy to use, do a search and you will find texts related to the search. Many other sites now also links to the volumes and texts at this site.

Here’s one example: Collected Works of the Sakya Masters. Sakya Pandita’s thub pa’i dgongs pa rab tu gsal ba (ཐུབ་པའི་དགོངས་པ་རབ་ཏུ་གསལ་བ།).