Digital Resources for Buddhist Studies

Archive for November, 2009

RSS Feed From the Hopkins Archive

Posted by billmagee on 2009/11/25

Since the Hopkins Tibetan Treasures Research Archive content is licensed for public domain, it can be data-mined for a number of educational purposes.
Recently I have developed a RSS feed for the Hopkins archive that I have called, “A Tibetan Course for Oral Translation Training”. The first installment of the feed consists of 64 units, each consisting of one sentence of Geshe Nga-wang-lek-den teaching Tsong-ka-pa’s Three principal Aspects of the Path” and the translation of that sentence by Jeffrey Hopkins. Each month I will post another installment of the feed, for a total of 19 installments.

Note: second month posted!

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The Hopkins Tibetan Treasures Research Archive

Posted by billmagee on 2009/11/23

The Hopkins Tibetan Treasures Research Archive is a digital resource freely available for scholars seeking oral commentary to compliment their textual research into Tibetan Buddhism and related cultural artifacts. A new edition of the Hopkins Tibetan Treasures Research Archive is available on-line at http://haa.ddbc.edu.tw. It is hosted by Dharma Drum Buddhist College and supported by a generous grant from the Taiwan National Science Council.

The archive site now provides a metadata search engine with hyper-links to search results. The archive’s extensive audio content can be searched with 850 keywords. Currently the archive consists of 73 separate series covering 55 different texts taught by sixteen lamas. The archive covers a wide-range of topics, including epistemology, hermeneutics, logic, phenomenology, Perfection of Wisdom sutras, tenets both Hindu and Buddhist, meditation techniques, Buddhist Tantra (including Kalacakra and Nying-ma Great Completion), Tibetan history, Tibetan medicine, hagiographical materials, and so forth. Several digital language-learning materials for beginning and intermediate students of Tibetan are also available.

The archive is primarily in Tibetan but English-language translation is occasionally provided. Offered under a Creative Commons Public Domain license, the archive may be used as the basis for books and articles or data-mined for the raw material of digital language-learning programs.

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manuscripts of buddhist texts

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/11/16

The International Dunhuang Project at the British Library is well-known as a clearing house for manuscripts from Central Asia, especially along the silk-road.  However, researchers looking for manuscript witnesses of Indian and Tibetan texts have another excellent resource at their disposal:  The Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project (NGMCP). The Nepalese manuscripts are generally younger than the Central Asian mss, but represent a large and important corpus of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts, which are not available elsewhere. The NGMCP was started in 2002 in order to catalog more than than 180,000 Nepalese manuscripts microfilmed under the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (1970–2002). The NGMCP also publishes an excellent newsletter, which should be of interest to all working with Asian manuscripts.

After a simple registration one can search for catalog information of Indian and Tibetan manuscripts. To get hold of scans of the actual manuscripts however one has to contact the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, where the one set of the microfilms are kept. The other is in National Library of Nepal in Kathmandu.

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