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Tibetan Texts Part II
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Making a Digital Library
All the items available on this page are major reference works that are of great importance in Tibetan Buddhist studies  Each item is available by download.  A single file is downloaded in each case which comes as an installer for use in Windows.  The installer will install the texts, our TibetD Reader for Windows for reading the files, and our standard TibetanMachine font which is particular easy to read.  We do not have a Reader for the Macintosh yet but are hopeful that we can produce one.

The reference works can be used alone or as part of a digital Tibetan library.  We provide many other texts, reference works, and dictionaries elsewhere on this site that can be used as content for the library.

Titles Available
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Collected Works of Great Teachers
  Dusum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa’s Collected Works
Important, Major Collections of Dharma Texts
  The Drukpa Kagyu Heritage Project Entire Collection of 2150 texts
  Nineteen Main Texts of the Indian Buddhist Tradition, part of Khenpo Zhanga’s Annotational Commentaries on them
  The Five Dharmas of Maitreya by Maitreya and Asanga
  The Seven Treasuries of Longchen Rabjam
  The Complete Texts of the Root Volumes of Longchen Nyingthig
  The Rechungpa Hearing Lineage Texts
  Treasury of Oral Instructions (gdams ngag mdzod) compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul I
Important Major Reference Works
  The Treasury of Knowledge by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great
Works in Progress
We have a large collection of electronic texts and will gradually make these available.  For example, we have the entire collections of the works of several of the early masters, such as Gampopa, Phagmo Drupa, Zhang Rinpoche, and so on.

Full Descriptions of Titles Available
Drukpa Kagyu Heritage Project: The Complete Collection of Texts
Approximately 2100 individual texts important to the Drukpa Kagyu and early texts important to all Kagyu
The Drukpa Kagyu Heritage Project was established in Kathmandu, Nepal early in 1993 by Lama Tony Duff at the request of Tsoknyi Rinpoche  Tony established, directed, and sponsored the entire work, which lasted for 8 years.  During the life of the project a total of 2150 texts were input and corrected  The entire work including many till-now unpublished texts is made available here with a complete set of catalogues  The texts come in TibetD format which is readable with the free TibetD Reader available from our site and also with TibetDoc for those who have purchased that.

The collection includes major Drukpa Kagyu authors such as Tsangpa Gyare, Lingje Repa, Lorepa, Padma Karpo Drukchen IV, Gyalwang Je Drukchen II, Gotsangpa, Yanggonpa, Kunzig Chonang, and many others, making it of enormous value to those studying the Drukpa Kagyu.  The collection also includes the works of important figures of the early Kagyu, such as Gampopa, Phagmo Drupa, Rechungpa, and the collection of ancient Indian texts that is an important part of the Kagyu Mahamudra transmission, making it of enormous value to those studying the Kagyu lineage in general.

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Khenpo Zhangar: Nineteen Main Texts of the Indian Tradition
The Root Volume of the Seven Volumes of Khenpo Zhangar’s Thirteen Annotational Commentaries
A 600+ folio volume with nineteen major texts altogether
Khenpo Zhangar was the head, many years ago, of the famed Shri Singha college at Dzogchen Gonpa in Tibet.  He insisted on compiling a complete set of all the main Indian Buddhist texts that should be studied and then wrote a set of annotational commentaries on all of them.  The whole set comes in seven volumes.  The first volume is actually two normal volumes in size.  Called the root volume, it contains nineteen of the main Indian Buddhist texts that a Tibetan Buddhist would study.  The remaining six volumes contain his annotational commentaries to thirteen of the texts.  We have input the root volume specifically because it provides in one place, all of the main texts of the Indian tradition needed for studying Buddhadharma for all schools of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Note that, although Khenpo Zhanga’s collection is titled "Thirteen texts …", that only refers to the number of commentaries included.  The root volume actually contains the nineteen texts listed below.  The texts include the Five Dharmas of Maitreya and the six-fold Collection of Reasoning of Nagarjuna.  They are:
00The index
01The Bhikshu’s Individual Emancipation Sutra of Shakyamuni Buddha, dge slong so so thar pai mdo
02The Root Vinaya Sutra of Shakyamuni Buddha, dul ba mdo rtsa ba
03phags pa gzhi thams cad yod par smra bai dge tshul 1 of Shakya Od
04phags pa gzhi thams cad yod par smra bai dge tshul 2 of Nagarjuna
05The Abhidharmakosha of Vasubandhu, chos mngon pai mdzod
06The Abhidharmasamuccaya of Asangachos, mngon pa kun las btus pa
07The Root Middle Way Prajna of Nagarjuna, dbu ma rtsa ba shes rab
08Entering the Middle Way of Chandrakirti, dbu ma la jug pa
09The Four Hundred Verses Treatise of Nagarjuna, bstan bcos bzhi brgya pa
10The Seventy Verses on Emptiness of Nagarjuna, stong nyid bdun cu pa
11The Sixty Verses on Reasoning of Nagarjuna, rigs pa drug cu pa
12The Turning Away Arguments of Nagarjuna, rtsod pa bzlog pa
13The Finely Woven of Nagarjuna, zhib mo rnam par thag pa
14Entering the Bodhisatva’s Way of Shantideva, byang chub sems dpa spyod pa la jug pa
15The Ornament of Manifest Realization of Maitreya and Asanga, mngon par rtogs pai rgyan
16The Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutra Section of Maitreya and Asanga, theg chen mdo sde rgyan
17Distinguishing Centre and Extremes of Maitreya and Asanga, dbus dang mtha rnam par byed pa
18Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata of Maitreya and Asanga, chos dang chos nyid rnam par byed pa
19Great Vehicle Highest Continuum Treatise of Maitreya and Asanga, theg chen rgyud bla mai bstan bcos

The collected works of the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa
Three Volumes, 800 folios
This consists of approximately three volumes of texts written by Dusum Khyenpa [1110 to 1193 A.D.] himself and records of his talks, and so on, written by his students.  The collected works are very rare and hard to obtain.  We were fortunate to obtain a hand written copy of the original made by Akong Tulku’s Rogpa Foundation.  The entire original was input by our office and carefully corrected to reflect the original.  (When Tibetans do this work, they change the text as they think fit but without making any notation.  We have specifically avoided this approach so that what you get reflects the original, exactly).  The entire collected works comes as a single electronic text with index at the top.  The index is linked to the texts in the body of the volume, so it is easy to navigate.  Moreover, because the text is in a single file, it is very easy to search.  It also makes an excellent addition to a reference library made using our software and the many other texts we provide, those below and those for free.  Note that the price is less than you would pay for a modern three volume set of any Tibetan texts on paper.

If you are interested in translations of the texts, we have a book Dusum Khyenpa’s Songs and Teachings: Teachings and Songs of the First Karmapa.  The book contains all of the dohas (spiritual songs coming from realization) of first Karmapa.  We rate the book as essential reading for any Kagyu practitioner.

The Five Dharmas of Maitreya
by Maitreya and Asanga
Multiple files, equivalent of 3 volumes
The five dharmas of Maitreya are the five texts written down by Asanga that encapsulate the teachings he received from Maitreya:
The Higher Continuum Treatise;
The Ornament of Manifest Realization;
The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutra Section;
Verses Distinguishing Dharmas and Dharmata;
Verses Distinguishing Middle and Extremes.


We include two major commentaries:
1) the in-depth commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul on the Higher Continuum Treatise called The Lion’s Roar
2) the overview commentary by Dza Patrul Rinpoche on the Ornament of Manifest Realization.

The Seven Treasuries of Longchen Rabjam
by Longchen Rabjam Drimey Ozer
Multiple files, a total of 7 Tibetan volumes
This is a complete set of the Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa in fully searchable electronic format.  Adzom Drukpa’s edition on paper is regarded as the best edition available though it is very rare and hard to obtain.  These days, a good paper edition of is essentially impossible to obtain but many people need the texts for their practice so we prepared a new electronic edition for everyone’s benefit.

Our new electronic edition has the advantages that it can be searched easily and can also be used as a basis for printing one’s own edition.  To prepare the edition, we used the Adzom Drukpa paper edition as our basis and also used Dodrupchen’s revised edition of the same published late in the 20th Century in Gangtok Sikkhim to clarify the obscure parts of the Adzom Drukpa print.  Our electronic edition was input and meticulously edited during a full two years of work in our office.  It is an exceptionally good edition which is important to know because these works of Longchen Rabjam are regarded as possibly the very best literature ever written in Tibetan Buddhist history and also are the basis that most Nyingma practitioners use for their understanding yet are now very hard to obtain in a correct and easily readable format.  Our edition makes them available again in a particularly good edition.  We should thank David Lutz of the United States for his tireless and invaluable editorial assistance; his skills with editing were a major reason for the high quality of the edition.

We would also like to draw your attention to the other major works of Longchen Rabjam which we have prepared to a similar, very high level of quality.  These texts are available on our free Tibetan texts page.  This collection here plus those free editions of the Three Trilogies and so on mean that we have presented nearly all of Longchen Rabjam’s texts on our site.  This is our offering to Longchen Rabjam and his tradition and we hope that it will be of considerable assistance to all those who need his works.

The electronic edition comes with our TibetD Reader software.  One of the unique features of the software is that it allows the entire collection of texts to be searched simultaneously for words and phrases, allowing a very high level of research into the content that has not previously been available.

The texts included consist of the seven treasuries written by Longchen Rabjam plus the commentaries that he wrote to them:
  theg mchog rin po che'i mdzod volumes 1 and 2;
  gnas lugs rin po che'i mdzod;
  gnas lugs rin po che'i mdzod commentary;
  grub mtha' rin po che'i mdzod;
  man ngag rin po che'i mdzod;
  chos dbyings rin po che'i mdzod and commentary;
  tshig don rin po che'i mdzod;
  yid bzhin rin po che'i dzod;
  yid bzhin rin po che'i dzod commentary in volumes 1 and 2;
  yid bzhin mdzod dka' gnad;
  yid bzhin mdzod don khrid;
  yid bzhin mdzod grub mtha';
  yid bzhin mdzod kumuda;

Some ancillary texts are included:
  le'u bco bgyad;
  klong chen rab 'byams lta ba la bskul ba

The Complete Texts of the Root Volumes of Longchen Nyingthig
by Jigmey Lingpa, Dodrupchen, and Others
250 texts in a total of 5 Tibetan volumes
This is a complete set of the root texts of Longchen Nyingthig according to the arrangement of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  The original texts of the LongchenNyingthig transmission written by Jigmey Lingpa were compiled into a total of three volumes.  In the late twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche compiled important texts written by other great masters such as the various Dodrupchens.  These additional texts came out to a total of two volumes thus making a total of five volumes in Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s compilation.  We have input all five volumes.

Our new electronic edition has the advantages that it can be searched easily and can also be used as a basis for printing one’s own edition.  To prepare the edition, we used the five volume edition made at Zhechen Monastery at Dilgo Khyentse’s command in the late twentieth century.  Our electronic edition was input and meticulously edited during a full year of work in our office.  It is an exceptionally good edition which is important to know because it is very hard to come across a good quality edition of the Longchen Nyingthig volumes these days.

We would also like to draw your attention to the other major works of Longchen Rabjam which we have prepared to a similar, very high level of quality.  These texts are available on our free Tibetan texts page.  This collection here plus Longchen Rabjam’s works make a it possible to obtain much of the written transmission that came from Longchenpa.  This is our offering to Longchen Rabjam and his tradition and we hope that it will be of considerable assistance to all those who need his works.

The electronic edition comes with our TibetD Reader software.  One of the unique features of the software is that it allows the entire collection of texts to be searched simultaneously for words and phrases, allowing a very high level of research into the content that has not previously been available.

Each volume has its own index file and we have also created a single index file for all volumes.

We have translated three of the texts that are important for practice and, with much support material, published them as books: the preliminaries text with many commentaries, the Chod (Severance) text with Patrul’s important commentary, and the complete Highest Wisdom text (khrid yig ye shes bla ma).  We will be doing further translations too, in the future.

The Collected Texts of the Rechungpa Hearing Lineage
Texts brought from India by Rechunga
48 files in two volumes
Collection arranged by the Third Drukchen
The Rechungpa Hearing lineage is the hearing lineage of Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara teachings brought back from India by Rechungpa.  Rechungpa was sent to India by Milarepa to get the texts of the Dakini Hearing Lineage that Marpa had not been able to bring back to Tibet.  These teachings are very important in the Kagyu in general and these days are especially important because they show the essential teachings of the Kagyu as they were brought from India.  The texts are rare.  Our electronic edition is complete.

If you are interested in translations of the texts, we have a major book The Bodyless Dakini Dharma: The Dakini Hearing Lineage of the Kagyu.  The book contains the root hearing lineage tantra which is part of this collection, the root sadhana of Vajrayogini that is part of this collection, and more.  It also includes the most respected explanation of the system as given by Padma Karpo.  We rate the book as essential reading for any Kagyu practitioner.

Jamgon Kongtrul I, Treasury of Oral Instructions, gdams ngag mdzod
The most recent edition of this compilation in a total of 18 volumes
During the nineteenth century C.E., the first Jamgon Kongtrul composed five major works called the “Five Treasuries”.  One of them is presented here.  He had gone around Tibet collecting empowerments and the instructions to go with them and compiled them into major collections.  This collection focusses on texts containing important oral instructions.  The collection has been input into our TibetD format and provided to us.  We have not corrected it ourselves but present it as is.


The Treasury which is an Encyclopedia of Knowledge
by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great
3 Volumes, 1000 folios
The Encyclopedia of Knowledge is one of the five, famous "Treasuries" compiled in the 19th century by the great Jamgon Kongtrul.  The original edition was in three volumes (though a four volume edition is commonly seen these days) and contains a wealth of material on the whole field of Buddhist knowledge.  The entire text is available from us in Tibetan.  It is provided in three editions: the original text without corrections, the original text with annotated corrections, and a new edition with the editorial corrections in place.  You can search the entire text of any of these editions in an instant with the supplied TibetD Reader software.  The CD contains an un-edited version (conforming to the original Tibetan text), the same version but with editorial annotations, and a third version which is the final, edited version.  Shortly we will include a complete set of scanned images of the original, as well.  This presentation allows scholars and practitioners a complete and reliable electronic source for the text.  If there is a question about the correctness of the input, the digital image can be consulted.  When used in conjunction with our dictionaries, unknown terms can be found immediately.