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Poster: Alison OK Date: Nov 11, 2018 12:48pm
Forum: news Subject: My Modern Met: The World’s Largest Collection of Buddhist Texts Is Now Available Online

Thanks to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and the Internet Archive, the world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature is now available online. Dedicated to preserving and sharing Buddhist scholarship, the BDRC has archived over 15 million pages of Buddhist works since it was founded in 1999. Now, thanks to its collaboration with the Internet Archive, these texts will be available—free of charge—to an even wider audience.

Used by laypeople and monks, these texts are culturally significant pieces of Buddhist history. As a politically neutral non-profit, the BDRC started preserving Tibetan texts in India and has worked on both sides of the Himalayas. Its employees have digitized materials as diverse as palm leaf manuscripts in Thailand and Sanskrit texts in Nepal, as well as the National Library of Mongolia’s entire Tibetan collection.