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Joint research on the "Tokyo Manuscript Kanjur"

(November 2020)

Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tōyō Bunko, Tokyo, the Open Philology Project, Leiden, and the Tibetan Manuscript Project Vienna. The aim of this cooperation is to foster research on the "Tokyo Manuscript Kanjur," a handwritten Kanjur that was brought to Japan by Ekai Kawaguchi in 1915 and is preserved in the library holdings of the Tōyō Bunko.


Strengthening ties: Open Philology

(September 2020)

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with our colleagues from the Open Philology project at Leiden University to further our collaborative work on Tibetan Buddhist canonical literature and the development of digital tools to enhance related research. Open Philology can be accessed here.


New cooperation: BuddhaNexus

(August 2020)

Recently, colleagues at Hamburg University launched BuddhaNexus, a database that allows for the detection of parallel passages in Buddhist canonical literature in a number of languages. A cooperation between BuddhaNexus and rKTs will link the respective datasets to enhance research possibilities on both platforms. BuddhaNexus can be accessed here.


Digitization work at Tashiyangtse Dzong, Eastern Bhutan

(January 2020)

With the financial support of the University of Vienna, a team of the Loden Foundation completed the digitization of a Kanjur set in 110 volumes at the old Dzong of Tashiyangtse in Eastern Bhutan. Images of the manuscripts as well as catalogue data will be added to the rKTs database in near future. We would like to thank everybody involved for making this possible, in particular the Loden Foundation culture team and the monks present at Tashiyangtse.


Interview with Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, Nesar Monastery, Part 1

(November 2019)

When rKTs members were visiting Bicher this summer, Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, the head of Nesar Monastery, agreed to share his knowledge in an interview in order to make this information available to a wider audience.
In the first part of the video he answers questions regarding the general history of the monastery and its manuscript collections as well as his experiences on issues of cultural preservation in the region.
The video was produced by Markus Viehbeck, Agnieszka Helman-Ważny, and Jigme Lodroe. We would like to thank Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen as well as his daughter Tashi Bhuti who kindly acted as a translator.


Interview with Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, Nesar Monastery, Part 2

(November 2019)

In the second part of the video Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen discusses more specific questions about the production of Tibetan manuscripts, the materials being used, and the agents that are involved.
The video was produced by Markus Viehbeck, Agnieszka Helman-Ważny, and Jigme Lodroe. We would like to thank Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen as well as his daughter Tashi Bhuti who kindly acted as a translator.


rKTs field work 2019

(September/October 2019)

This year rKTs members went again to Bicher, Upper Dolpo, in order to continue the digitization of the manuscript collections at Nesar Monastery. During a 2-weeks stay it was possible to digitize the 103 volumes that constitute the core of the canonical collections of Nesar Monastery (N1-N103 in Amy Heller’s initial inventory from 2009). The rKTs team was joined by Agnieszka Helman-Ważny (University of Hamburg), an expert on paper making and the production of Tibetan manuscripts. The images of the manuscripts as well as the respective catalogue data will become available on the rKTs website in due time. The collection is indicated by the siglum Ns.


The Buddhist Forum Lecture and Seminar at SOAS

(January 2019)

In the framework of The Buddhist Forum series at SOAS, Markus Viehbeck has delivered a lecture titled "Off the Mainstream: Tracing a Network of Sūtra Collections across the Himalayas" and discussed "Digital Tools and Philological Challenges in Working with Tibetan Canonical Literature" in the subsequent seminar. The lecture provides an overview of the scope of the Tibetan Manuscript Project Vienna and discusses preliminary findings of the current research work. A video of this talk made by SOAS can be viewed here.


International Workshop:
The Mardzong Manuscripts and the "Old Mustang Kanjur"

(November 2018)

An international workshop will bring together scholars of Buddhist and Bonpo manuscript collections in the Western and Central Himalayas. On this occasion, they will discuss potential relationships between these collections and debate on methodological issues in working with these manuscripts. See programm here.


rnying rgyud catalog

(November 2018)

The catalogs of the following rnying rgyud editions are now available at the rKTs website:
     - Gbm : rnying rgyud bris ma [BDRC]
     - Gbr : bai ra'i rgyud [BDRC]
     - Gdk : rnying Dongkarla [EAP]
     - Gdm : rnying Drametse [EAP]
     - Gng : rnying rgyud (krung go'i bod rig pa dpe skrun khang) [BDRC]
     - Gsg : rnying rgyud sangs rgyas gling [Oxford]
     - Gtk : rnying rgyud gting skyes [BDRC]
The scans of these collections are also linked with the catalogs for a direct display on the rKTs result page.


Andrew Glass' Mongolian Kanjur catalog

(October 2018)

The data on the Mongolian Kanjur compiled by Andrew Glass previously hosted at http://andrewglass.org/mong.php are now available on the rKTs website. These data are displayed in a form of a table in the rKTs result pages.


rKTs field work 2018

(August/September 2018)

During a field trip to Bicher, Dolpo, a team from rKTs was able to document and digitize the entirety of 98 volumes of canonical manuscripts from Lang Monastery (Siglum used: Lg), which are presently stored at Nesar Monastery in Bicher. Images of the manuscripts as well as catalogue data will be implemented in the rKTs-archive in the coming months.


rKTs rnying rgyud Viewer

(August 2018)

A new rnying rgyud viewer has been developed for a better navigation in the canonical literature. Available here on the rKTs website.


rKTs internship 2018

(July/August 2018)

Samten Yeshi joins the rKTs-Project for an internship during July and August. He will gain experience in the cataloging methods of the project and helps us with deciphering notes and scribbles on canonical manuscripts. Samten is originally from Bhutan and currently procuring an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Budapest's Central European University.


rKTs Kanjur and Tanjur Viewers

(July 2018)

A new Kanjur viewer as well as a new Tanjur viewer have been developed for a better navigation in the canonical literature. Available for the Kanjur here and for the Tanjur here on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Zangla (Zl) Collection

(June. 2018)

The pictures of the Zangla (Zl) Collection are now completely indexed. They can be viewed directly from the text result display page (here) on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Phugbrag (F) Kanjur

(Mai. 2018)

The pictures of the Phugbrag (F) Kanjur are now completely indexed. They can be viewed directly from the text result display page (here) on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the 'bum

(Mai. 2018)

The scans of isolated Bhutanese 'bum made by EAP (British Library) are now available on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the rNying rgyud III

(Mai. 2018)

The scans of Bhutanese rNying rgyud made by EAP (British Library) are now available on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the rNying rgyud II

(April. 2018)

The scans of the Sangs rgyas gling rNying rgyud made by ORA (Oxford University) are now available on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Pelliot Tibétains

(April. 2018)

The scans of the Pelliot Tibétains made by BNF (Gallica.bnf.fr) are now available on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the rNying rgyud

(April. 2018)

The scans of the rNying rgyud made by BDRC are now available on the rKTs website. This encompass the following editions: krung go'i bod rig pa dpe skrun khang, rnying rgyud bris ma, gting skyes, mtshams brag dgon pa'i bris ma, sde dge par ma, rnying ma rgyud 'bum gyi kha skong (mtshams brag dgon pa'i bris ma) and bai ro'i rgyud 'bum


Pictures of the Tanjur

(March. 2018)

The scans of the Tanjurs made by BDRC are now available on the rKTs website.


Pictures of Phugthar (Zanskar) and Skyurbuchan (Ladakh)

(March. 2018)

The pictures of the Phugthar (Ph) and Skyurbuchan (Sb) collections are now available on the rKTs website.


Pelliot Tibétains (Marcelle Lalou)

(March. 2018)

The catalogue of M Lalou on the Pelliot Tibétains collection from Dunhuang has been added to the rKTs Database. The pictures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France website Gallica have also been integrated to the rKTs website.


IOL TIB J (Louis de la Vallée Poussin)

(March. 2018)

The catalogue of L. de la Vallée Poussin on the Tibetan Manuscripts from Dunhuang (IOL Tib J) has been added to the rKTs Database. The pictures from the IDP website have also been integrated to the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Mongolian printed Kanjur

(Feb. 2018)

The pictures of the Mongolian printed Kanjur (MMK) are now indexed. They can be viewed directly from the text result display page (here) on the rKTs website.


Collaboration rKTs - BDRC

(Jan. 2018)

In a meeting in early January, rKTs and BDRC (formerly TBRC) decided for a close cooperation between the two institutions. This should include sharing concrete images and catalogue data, but also enriching each other's experience in working for the preservation of Tibetan collections and making them openly accessible to research. In a next step, both institutions aim to create a shared Linked Data set of all Kanjur and Tanjur-related texts, which should be implemented into the online search interfaces of both rKTS and BDRC.


Pictures of the Tabo Collection

(Jan. 2018)

The pictures of the Tabo (Ta) Collection (Spiti) are now indexed. They can be viewed directly from the text result display page (here) on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Gondhla Collection

(Jan. 2018)

The pictures of the Gondhla (Go) Collection (Lahaul) are now indexed. They can be viewed directly from the text result display page (here) on the rKTs website.


Pictures of the Zangla Collection

(Jan. 2018)

The pictures of the Zangla (Zl) Collection (Zanskar), made by Ákos Debreczeni are now partially available on the rKTs website. The complete collection will be added gradually.


Handlist Dragon Kanjur

(Nov. 2017)

The entries of the Dragon Kanjur (Kd) have been added to the rKTs catalogue based on the files from the 國立故宮博物院 in Taipei. A first draft of the catalogue of the Dragon Kanjur is now available in the Kanjur's results.


rKTs field work 2017

(August 2017)

In August this year, rKTs member Markus Viehbeck joint Christian Luczanits, SOAS, on an trip to Upper Mustang to document various monastic collections. At Namgyal Monastery they were able to complete the earlier digitization work, which resulted in the full documentation of an important early Sūtra collection, a set of the Śatasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra and some other canonical texts. Images of the most important manuscripts as well as catalogue data will become available on the rKTs website in due time. The collection is indicated by the siglum Ng.

rKTs new web site

rKTs launched and is still developing its new website, which allows for convenient and comprehensive navigation in Tibetan canonical literature.




Tibetan Manuscript Project Vienna

The Tibetan Manuscript Project Vienna (TMPV) is a research initiative based at the University of Vienna. Within the framework of a series of research projects, its members are documenting, analyzing, and making accessible various Kanjurs and collections of Tibetan canonical literature.