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Tibetan and Buddhist Studies Research at Columbia University

Columbia University Projects

The Tibet Mirror Newspaper

Online archive of the first successful Tibetan language newspaper. The Tibetan MIrror Newspaper archive presents the near complete run of the newspaper whose physical originals are scattered over a dozen institutions. link


The Tharchin Collection

Established on behalf of the late David Tharchin in memory of his grandfather, the Tharchin Collection is comprised of the personal and professional papers of Gergan Dorje Tharchin, founder and proprietor of the Tibet Mirror Press. link


Engaging Digital Tibet

Engaging Digital Tibet is a website created to enhance the teaching and learning of Tibetan material history. The site contains an advanced, searchable repository of Tibetan objects, as well as unique features for creating and sharing descriptive annotations about the objects and their significant parts, allowing for a collaborative decoding and description of Tibetan culture itself. link

The Buddhist Canons Research Database

A comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering primary and secondary textual resources for the study of the Buddhist canon. link


Grant Funded Research

The Guhyasamāja Tantra: A Foundational Buddhist Tantra in the Context of the Pradīpoddyotana

A translation project on the foundations of Buddhist tantra funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities under the directorship of Prof. Robert Thurman.


Amdo Tibet, Middle Ground between Lhasa and Beijing (1578-1865)

A historical analysis project on the economic and cultural relations between China and Tibet in the early modern periods (16th-19th centuries) funded by the American Council of Learned Societies under the directorship of Prof. Gray Tuttle.

Community Service

Tibetan Information Technology

Columbia University hosts the collected papers on Tibetan Information Technology of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS). link

Research Opportunities

CU Library Research Grants

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. link