James A. Blumenthal Library: Research and Resources

84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

A global non-profit initiative to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages, and to make them available to everyone. 84000 was officially launched in 2010 as a project under Khyentse Foundation to set up the operating system to achieve its mission:

To translate and publish the Kangyur within 25 years (70,000 pages); and
To translate and publish the Tengyur within 100 years (161,800 pages)

Access to Insight

Access to Insight is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, as it has been handed down to us through both the written word of the Pali canon and the living example of the Sangha.


ADARSHA is an app that lets you read and conduct searches of ancient documents in a digital format. There are three main categories of texts: (a) Kangyur (the words of the Buddha translated into Tibetan) ; (b) Tengyur (commentaries by Indian scholars translated into Tibetan) ; and (c) Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

at Columbia University in the city of New York.
The American Institute of Buddhist Studies was founded in 1972 — at the request of H.H. the Dalai Lama and the late Ven. Geshe Ngawang Wangyal — with the ambitious mandate to translate and publish the originally Indian Buddhist artistic, scientific, and religious works collected in the Tibetan Tengyur (bstan ‘gyur).

BDK English Tripiṭaka Series

Scholars and students of the Dharma may know us for the BDK English Tripiṭaka series, providing authoritative and accessible editions of the Tripiṭaka, the three baskets of Buddhist wisdom, from the Chinese Mahayana Canon. The series aims over the years to unlock all the treasures of this great resource.

Buddhist Canons Research Database

A project of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS) and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies (CCBS). The Buddhist Canons Research Database is a resource that offers complete bibliographic information (with internal crosslinks and links to external resources) for the roughly 5,000 texts contained in the Tibetan Buddhist canon, and offers both general and targeted full text search access to those texts (approximately 15 million syllables).

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

The Internet Guide to Buddhism and Buddhist Studies. This site keeps track of leading information facilities in the fields of Buddhism and Buddhist studies.

Chicago Author-Date Citation Quick Guide

The examples illustrate the author-date system. Each example of a reference list entry is accompanied by an example of a corresponding in-text citation.

Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon

University of the West is engaged in a ground-breaking project to gather, digitize and distribute the original Sanskrit scriptures of the Buddhist faith. The Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon (DSBC) is an ambitious project to preserve the original intellectual and spiritual heritage of Buddhism through digitization and organization of these texts into a complete and comprehensive Sanskrit Buddhist Canon that may be freely accessed online

Dunhuang Research Academy

Dunhuang Research Academy (DHRA) is a national comprehensive institution responsible for the conservation, management and research of the Grottoes at Dunhuang. The cave art in Dunhuang and manuscripts found in the Library Cave provide the world with rich resources for studying religion, history, geography, politics, economics, art, literature, technology, folk customs, costumes, and astronomy of China and Central Asia. It became a fashionable topic called Dunhuang Studies.

FPMT Online Learning Center

Introductory Programs
Discovering Buddhism
Living in the Path
Basic Program Online
Special Commentary and Other Teachings

FPMT |Rinpoche Available Now

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teachings online.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.


H-Buddhism serves as a medium for the exchange of information regarding academic resources, new research projects, scholarly publications, university job listings, and so forth, for specialists in Buddhist Studies who are currently affiliated with academic institutions.


HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Himalayan Art Resources

The mission of the Himalayan Art Resources website (HAR) is to create a comprehensive education and research database and virtual museum of Himalayan art:

Indica et Buddhica (PDF)

The current listing of more than 650 journals containing Buddhist Studies material.

JAB : To Be Cataloged

Collections recently donated to Maitripa, but not yet cataloged. Browsable here. These books may circulate by request, please email library@maitripa.org.


Online access to The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, the organ of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Inc. (iabsinfo.net)

Journal of Buddhist Ethics

The Journal of Buddhist Ethics is the first academic journal dedicated entirely to Buddhist ethics. We promote the study of Buddhist ethics through the publication of research and book reviews and by hosting occasional online conferences. Our subject matter includes:

Vinaya and Jurisprudence
Medical Ethics
Philosophical Ethics
Human Rights
Ethics and Psychology
Ecology and the Environment
Social and Political Philosophy
Cross-cultural Ethics
Ethics and Anthropology
Interfaith Dialogue on Ethics

Journal of Global Buddhism

The Journal of Global Buddhism has been established to promote the study of the globalization of Buddhism, both historical and contemporary, and its transnational and transcontinental interrelatedness. Research articles, special issues (special focus sections), discussions, critical notes, review essays and book reviews.

JSTOR via Maitripa

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. 

Subscription access for students and faculty is password protected (email library@maitripa.org if you do not have it) via the above link.

JSTOR – Journal Titles and Descriptions

A sample of journals in Asian Studies and Religion accessible to read and/or download for Maitripa faculty, staff and students.

Khamkoo — Buddhism Collection

Full text of over 100 Buddhist books. This collection is made possible by www.watflorida.org and www.libgen.info.

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Oregon Passport Program

Participating libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges with Maitripa College Library.

The Pluralism Project | Harvard University

The Pluralism Project is a two decade-long research project that engages students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States. We explore particularly the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East that have become woven into the religious fabric of the United States in the past twenty-five years.

Tibetan & Himalayan Library | Dictionary

The THL Tibetan Dictionary is created and maintained by a broad array of scholars rather than by professional editors, such that entries reflect a rich dialog on the meaning and history of terms. It allows for charting the historical usage of terms, as well as their contemporary spoken usage via recordings. It is in fact many dictionaries in one.

Tibetan & Himalayan Library | Translation Tool

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

TBRC Library contains more than 9,615 works (25,115 volumes totaling over ten million digital pages), making this online repository the most extensive collection of Tibetan literature that has ever existed in one place.

Tibetan Language Institute

TLI offers a bridge to the ancient wisdom traditions of Tibet as well as the contemporary Tibetans. Our Institute presents classes, seminars, workshops, and public lectures on Tibetan language, culture, literature, and philosophy (this includes on-going programs of study of Tibetan texts, conversational Tibetan, calligraphy, and lectures by guest speakers). The Institute strives to enhance the language learning possibilities of students of all backgrounds, from academicians and to ordinary people from all around the world.

Tibetan-English Dictionary

This application contains dictionaries and glossary by the following authors:
Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Terms
Buddhist Terms
The Uma Institute for Tibetan Studies Tibetan-Sanskrit-English Dictionary Common Chinese-Tibetan-Sanskrit-English Buddhist Terminology
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary
Dr. Alexander Berzin’s English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary
Thomas Doctor’s Tibetan-English terms
James Valby’s Tibetan-English Dictionary. © James Valby
Ives Waldo’s glossary compilation. © Ives Waldo
Dan Martin: “Tibetan Vocabulary.”, April 2003
Richard Barron’s glossary. © Copyright 2002 by Turquoise Dragon Media Services. Source: Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dharma Dictionary 3.0 Glossary for Mipham Rinpoche’s Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1
Tibetan Computer Terms
Verbinator’ Tibetan Verb Dictionary (Verbinator 2000)
Sera Textbook Definitions (Tibetan)
Dung dkar tshig mdzod chen mo
Dag yig gsar bsgrigs
Tibetan-Sanskrit Table of Buddhist Terminology Based on the Yogacarabhumi

Timelines of Buddhist History

These timelines sketch significant events and personalities in the evolution of Buddhism

UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies

Founded by Jeffrey Hopkins and dedicated to:

  • translation into English and other languages of texts from Tibetan Buddhist traditions;
  • seminars, classes, and retreats on focal topics of Tibetan Buddhism and instruction in the literary and colloquial aspects of the Tibetan language;
  • maintenance and development of multimedia archives as research and instructional resources accessible across the Worldwide Web


WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. WorldCat.org lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it. Usually you will link directly to the item record on the library’s Web site.