A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP | TBRC & KHYENTSE FOUNDATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
To learn all about TBRC, or to explore the entire library, go to www.tbrc.org.
 
 
Tibetan Medical Collection,
Amdo
 
 
 
TBRC: Keep the Wisdom Alive
An engaging introduction to TBRC with rare photos and footage.
 
 
Digital Dharma
A full-length documentary film about E. Gene Smith.
 
 
 
 
Help us build Khyentse Foundation's funding base so that we can continue to support text preservation initiatives. When you become a monthly donor, every dollar you donate is matched by the Patrons of Manjushri. 
 
 

 
READ A TEXT
A sample of the wealth to be found at TBRC 
 
Collected Treasure Revelations by a modern visionary from 
Nyarong, Rangrik Dorji
 
 
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Secret Tibetan yoga (Tsa Lung practices) illuminations from the Qing Court. This remarkable text is written in both Chinese and Tibetan.
 
 
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Kunga Gyaltsen, one of the greatest scholars of 13th century Tibet, was the 4th patriarch of the Sakya tradition. This is his text on the three vows or disciplines of Buddhism that correspond with Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana (Dom Sum Rab Gye).
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, which I deeply admire, has rendered incomparable service to the spiritual and secular traditions of Tibet." —His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa.
 
 
Letter from Jeff Wallman 

 
 
TBRC’s collaboration with Khyentse Foundation is a critical part of the health of our organization. Not only does KF provide key financial support, they also supported us in governance and strategic planning.
 
It’s important for people to know that Khyentse Foundation not only gives generously of funds, but of people. KF Executive Director Cangioli Che (also a board member of TBRC) and strategist Ivy Ang were absolutely critical to the development of strategic plans and metrics that we could report against. It was the beginning of our reporting the huge numbers that are a part of our organizational focus—we know how to do stuff at scale.
 
 
"We would not be where we are today without that financial and organizational support. We now have realized a long-term preservation plan for the entire Tibetan literary heritage. Amazing."—Jeff Wallman
 
 
 
"We think Gene would be very happy" 

The work of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) is a prime example of outstanding impact. TBRC's vast and unique vision of digitally preserving the literature of the Tibetan people, realized by concrete, actionable goals (such as number of volumes to be scanned annually, number of library objects created and indexed, number of libraries distributed and online website sessions) has significantly affected the future of Buddhism far beyond the scope of TBRC’s founding vision. Between 1999 and 2014, TBRC scanned more than 18,000 volumes (9.5 million pages), continuously making them accessible in digital formats on and offline, and developed a robust model for preservation that can be replicated in any language for any topic. A key element of TBRC's success is its outstanding ability to adapt its organization (internal structures and processes, external communication and network) and its technology to the changing requirements of its growing reach and relevance.
 
E. Gene Smith founded TBRC in 1999 to collect, preserve, organize, digitize, and disseminate Tibetan literature. The result is a modern digital library unlike any other, an unparalleled collection of texts that illuminate more than 1,300 years of Tibetan literature. The texts include not only philosophical and religious treatises, but works on traditional medicine, astrology, astronomy, alchemy, art, history, geography,
biography, grammar, folk culture, and poetry. 
 
2015 is a pivotal year for the organization. See What's Next
 
E. Gene Smith, founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Project. 
 
TBRC and Khyentse Foundation

 
In 2002, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gathered a group of about 20 people in the living room of Cangioli Che's San Francisco home to discuss what we could do as a group and as a sangha to preserve and protect the Dharma for centuries to come. What steps could we take now to help ensure that the Buddha's wisdom will be accessible to our grandchildren's grandchildren?
 
Gene Smith had flown in from New York, where he was just beginning to realize his lifelong dream, the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Project (TBRC). Ever humble and ready to serve the Dharma, Gene squeezed in on the sofa with the rest of us, respectfully disregarding the praise that Rinpoche heaped on him. "This man is a true Bodhisattva," Rinpoche said. "He has been such a valuable advisor, friend, and inspiration."
 
Khyentse Foundation doesn't want to reinvent any wheels; instead, the foundation seeks out people and projects with great potential and provides the financial and structural support to realize that potential. In TBRC, Rinpoche saw amazing possibilities.
 
Over the next decade, Khyentse Foundation committed to two 5-year plans of support for TBRC, for total funding of more than US$2 million. "This infusion of funds created the capacity to complete Gene's dream of digitizing his entire library of Tibetan texts," said Jeff Wallman, executive director of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Project (Gene appointed as executive director in 2009). "It would not have happened without KF support; we would still be creeping along." And in August 2015, TBRC passed the 10 million-page mark of texts scanned, a huge milestone. "We think Gene would be very happy," said Jeff.
 
Rinpoche was in Tashiding, Sikkim, when he received the sad news of Gene's passing. They had recently seen each other in Nepal, where Gene was advising on the nascent 84000 project. Rinpoche recorded a short remembrance of Gene that night.
 
 
 
Rinpoche visits the E. Gene Smith Archives at Southwestern University of Nationalities in Chengdu, China, Sept 22, 2015. Photo by Kris Yao.
 
What's Next

With great determination, sound management, and the support of many scholars and donors, TBRC has achieved Gene's original goal. An enormous corpus of the most important textual sources of Tibetan Buddhism has been scanned, cataloged, and made available in a globally accessible digital library. In the process, excellent systems have been created for continued text preservation. Now it's time to look at other Buddhist traditions at risk. Social and political strife and environmental instability are creating precarious situations in many countries. In particular, the textual sources of Chinese, Pali, and Sanskrit, and a great many other languages and scripts from Central, Southeast, and East Asia, are at serious risk of being lost, and very limited time remains to save them.
 
TBRC is exploring the possibility of expanding the scope of its preservation activities to ensure that Buddhist texts from all traditions are digitally secure, searchable, and easily accessible. Khyentse Foundation fully supports this ambitious and challenging endeavor, which is vital to the continuity of the precious traditions of Buddhism for generations to come. The move to become a resource center for all Buddhist traditions is a giant step forward, which will require the collaboration of the global Buddhist community as well as visionary patrons who understand the monumental impact of this effort on the longevity of the Buddhadharma.
 
 
How to Use TBRC: A Practical Guide

TBRC's Tibetan eText Repository is for everyone who is reading this.
 
As a pioneer in its aspiration to digitally preserve the entire Tibetan literary heritage, TBRC will benefit many generations of people around the globe by making the texts freely accessible online and offline. TBRC's Tibetan eText Repository is for everyone who is reading this. It's for practitioners, scholars, monks, nuns, researchers—anyone who is interested in Tibetan Buddhist literature. The digital library contains more than 18,000 volumes, all of which are fully discoverable. One can search a place name, a person's name, a topic, a title, a term, across many collections, through multiple traditions, at any point in time. Global search and browsing entry points are the two primary methods employed to discover the TBRC digital library.
 
 
 
TBRC Goes to Mongolia

 
 
Gene Smith and David Lunsford, TBRC board member and president of Bodhi Foundation, visited Mongolia in 2007 to meet with many representatives of monasteries, universities, and related organizations to formalize relationships and to explore areas of collaboration. They distributed the TBRC search appliances and helped to set up several libraries with TBRC's collection of scanned texts.
 
 
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