Arts and Culture
Introduction of Shantarakshita Library
The Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Deemed University) (CIHTS) at Sarnath, Varanasi, is one of its kinds in the India. The Institute was established in 1967. The Shantarakshita library is the central library of the Institute. It is a unique information resources center for scholars of Tibetan and Buddhist studies.
The library has special collection of Buddhist canonical works in Tibetan language translated from Sanskrit and other Indian languages. Contents of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit and Tibetan languages are preserved in different form and formats such as printed, xylographs, digital and micro-fish form.
In addition to the above listed major collections of Tibetan Studies, Arts and thangka paintings, four Tibetan Buddhist schools collected works and ancient Tibet Bon tradition collections. And also Chinese Tripitaka and Myanmar (Burmese) Tripitaka collections.
The library collection in the fields of Buddhism, Tibetan and Himalayan studies and other subjects attract scholars from India and abroad.
At present the library holds approximately 87000 printed books & xylographs 2000 bound volumes of journals, 7712 electronic documents and 9742 titles of microfiches and films.In addition to print and online documents, library possesses a rich collection of Microfiches, Microfilms and Audio Video documents and xylogaphys of the concerned subjects.
This presentation is an attempt to response; introduce the Tibetan collections for the other Asian scholars and aspect to take good suggestions for future collection development and effective technique for organization (storage & retrieval) and dissemination of Tibetan literature.
Library, Tibetan Buddhist literature