Tibetan Section

The Tibetan Section is one of the richest repositories of printed documents and xylographs in Tibetan language. The Section has rich collection of major editions of Kagyur and Tangyur namely .

  • Burmese Tripitaka etc.
  • Narthang Kagyur and Tangyur
  • Peking Kagyur and Tangyur
  • Lhasa Kagyur
  • Tog Palace Kagyur
  • Urga Kagyur
  • Lithang Kagyur
  • Tawang Kagyur
  • the Cone Tangyur
  • Ser bris Tangyur
  • Bonpo Kagyur and Tangyur
  • Chinese Tripitaka
  • Dege Kagyur and Tangyur

Section also has a good collection of collected works. Kagyur or Buddha's teachings, consists of 108 volumes containing 115 texts. Tangyur or the treatises and commentaries of later Indian masters on Buddha's teachings (Kagyur) consist of 224 volumes containing 3387 texts. These texts of the Kagyur and the Tangyur were translated mainly from Sanskrit Buddhist texts and Pali over the several centuries by a number of Indian Pandits and the Tibetan lo tsa bas.

In addition to the above listed major editions of Kagyur & Tangyur, the holdings of the section includes xylographs and handwritten canonical documents, books, illustrated manuscripts, Arts and thangka paintings, journals and Sung bums or collected works of the teachers of four Buddhist traditions of Tibet, viz. the Nyingma, the Kagyud, the Sakya and the Gelug, as well as those belonging to the indigenous Bon tradition.

There are approximately 70,000 texts in the section. Section also manages some manuscripts, which are more than a century old and have archival value. Most of these valuable materials are reproduced in microfilms and other contemporary electronic formats so as to preserve them for future generations. A list of some important collected works (gsung bums) of four traditional Schools as well as the Bon tradition is as follows:

  • Rinchen gter mdzod Chen mo 56vol.
  • rgyud 'bum 45vol.
  • bka' rgya ma 40vol
  • klong chen mdzod bdun 7vol
  • bdud 'dzoms gsung 'bum 20 vol.
  • Bu Ton gsung 'bum 28vol.
  • Dags po bsod rnams rin chen gyi gsung 'bum
  • Pad ma dkar po'i gsung 'bum 20vol.
  • gdams ngag mzdod 15vol.
  • Ta ra na tha'i gsung 'bum 16vol.
  • Sa sky'i bka' 'bum 17
  • Sa sky'i lam 'bras 46vol.
  • sgrub thabs kun bstus
  • Grags chen bco brgyad
  • Go ram pa bsod rnams seng ge'i gsung 'bum
  • rje yab sras gsum gyi gsung 'bum
  • Pan chen sku phreng gi 'gsung 'bum
  • Gung thang gi gsung 'bum
  • 'jam dbyangs bzhad pa'i gsung 'bum
  • Pan chen bsod rnams grags pa'i gsung 'bum
  • Bon po'i gsum 332vol.

Functions and services offered by the section

This traditionally designed section having stack cum reading area spread in four adjoining rooms. The section provides help to consult the collection, documents and also compiles topical bibliographies on demand.

Staff Members

  1. Shri Tenzin Ghege
  2. Shri Choenga Tsering
  3. Ms. Tsewang Dolkar
  4. Shri Anil Kumar Yadav