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DDBC Library searchable via Catalogus Bibliothecarum

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2011/01/15

Richard Mahoney’s work on combining existing resources in Buddhist and Indian Studies is well known. He is pioneering a development that in the next decades will gain  in importance as the data deluge grows: the aggregation and re-mixing of available digital data. That this is not a derivative, secondary activity, but a creative endeavor well worth the involvement of scholars will become clearer as all information moves into the digital, and digital-born users explore new ways to interact with it.Richard’s Catalogus ( allows users to search catalogs of libraries with significant holdings in Buddhist studies. Recently he has added the DDBC library catalog to the set of Asian libraries that can be accessed through the Catalogus. To my knowledge, outside of Japan, the DDBC library is the largest Buddhist Studies library in Asia (70,000+ vol., lots of special collections). Concerning the catalog one should know that by default it also returns hits from a bibliographical reference database (100,000+ entries), we built with NTU some years ago. This confuses first-time users sometimes, but has proved helpful for research which is what this library is about.

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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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republican era buddhist journals

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/08/12

search interfaceWe have opened the large bibliographic database of Buddhist republican era journals for outside testing. Please try it out and give us your feedback.

Currently the search-interface is hosted at

As usual this will be moved to a more stable environment on the buddhistinformatics domain later.

Currently you can search the title, author, and journal name fields for over 140,000 articles. This makes it by far the largest database in this era and opens up new vistas on research of those times.

At the suggestion of Douglas Gildow, who is visiting these days, I tried the term 肉身 and the query returned 20 articles, the titles of which alone mentioned several mummies we were not aware of, though we had worked and published on that subject quite extensively. I am convinced that this database will help to research Chinese Buddhism in the time between 1900 and 1950 in a substantial way.

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PDF of Nanjio Catalog

Posted by weixian55 on 2009/06/30

While starting (once again) on the task of revising and enhancing the WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist texts, I made a PDF of A Catalogue of the Chinese Translation of the Buddhist Tripitaka by Bunyiu Nanjio. Being compiled and published in 1883, it is of course in part outdated, but since it is mainly a translation the Daming sanzang shengjiao mulu 大明三藏聖教目錄 it is still quite useful as a reference work. At 33MB, the file is quite large, but might be useful to some, thus I made it available for download. Enjoy!

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