TBRC’s Mission Statement
To preserve and share the Tibetan literary heritage through the union of technology and scholarship.
The Necessity of TBRC
A Vital Culture is Dispersed
In the middle of the 20th century, in response to turmoil in their homeland, the Tibetan people began a painstaking passage from Tibet, a Himalayan region in China. They traveled far and wide, set up makeshift communities, and began the process of rebuilding their lives.
What was a tragedy for one people, however, has been a magnificent gift to the world. For when the Tibetans left their homeland they carried with them more than Old World customs. They carried dynamic, living traditions that have touched the lives of people all over the world. This vitality is captured in the great literature of the Tibetan people, but as those people scatter across the globe, the treasures contained in that literature are in danger of being lost.
Using Technology to Preserve Tibet’s Literature
In 1999, Gene Smith founded the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) to preserve and make available Tibetan literature. TBRC specializes in digital preservation that is based on the internet, so that Tibetan masters, scholars, translators, and all interested readers, wherever they are located, have access to the full range of Tibetan literature.
In order to realize this vision, TBRC:
- Digitally preserves the literature so that it can never be lost.
- Catalogs and organizes texts into a modern digital library so that they are easy to find.
- Actively seeks out rare and undiscovered literature.
- Disseminates the library, online and in portable drives to remote locations, so that anyone can read, print, or share texts.
Through the generous patronage of our supporters, we at TBRC have made tremendous progress. We have greatly expanded our original collection and developed cutting-edge technology that preserves and distributes it. With Gene Smith’s insight and stewardship, TBRC is now a modern Tibetan library unlike any that has existed before.
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