Research Department

Tsadra Foundation's Research Department provides support for the work of Tsadra Fellows through providing access to digital materials and other tools, as well as maintaining a Tibetan studies library in Boulder, Colorado. The Research Department also provides support for local Coloradan translators, scholars, and students working with Tibetan materials through the library and through outreach and collaboration with the University of Colorado and Naropa University. Regular Salon Tibétain meetings in Boulder provide advanced students and researchers with a forum for deeper discussion of Tibetan Buddhist materials. The Research Department also supports local universities by hiring paid interns each year from Tibetan studies programs.


Digital Research Library

The Digital Research Library is a wiki-based resource for Tsadra Staff and Fellows that allows access to a large research library specializing in Tibetan Buddhist materials. The DRL is still in development, but we hope it will one day be available to all scholars and translators.

Tsadra Foundation Blog

Our blog is updated semi-regularly with reports from conferences, updates from the Research Library, and other relevant news for translators and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism.

Rinchen Terdzö Wiki

This catalog presents information about each of the texts in the 70 volume Shechen Edition of the Rinchen Terdzö Chenmo, The Great Treasury of Rediscovered Teachings. This unique collection is the largest of the five treasuries that Jamgon Kongtrul the Great compiled throughout his life and is comprised of the many Rediscovered Teachings (gter ma) of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsadra Foundation has been funding the editing and reproduction of a new printing of the text with Shechen Monastery and the initial digital texts presented here come from that work.

Treasury of Precious Instructions Wiki

This wiki catalog, referred to as the "DNZ," is a database of information covering the eighteen volumes of Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism (gdams ngag rin po che'i mdzod), including detailed information about each text, such as size, location, lists of people associated with each text, lineage data, lists of translations available, and comparisons with previous catalogs. For research purposes, all colophons, text titles, and author names are recorded in both Extended Wylie and Unicode Tibetan.

Buddha Nature Wiki

This wiki presents information specifically on the Gyü Lama (rgyud bla ma), also called the Mahayanottaratantra Śastra (theg chen rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos), the Ratnagotravibhaga (RGV), or simply the Uttaratantra. It is one of the most important texts of the Yogacara tradition that expounds the tathagatagarbha (buddha nature) theory, the idea that all sentient beings possess the nature of a buddha.



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