THE ACIP DIGITAL LIBRARY
For 29 years, the Asian Classics Input Project has created digital versions of the classical literature of Asia over the last 25 centuries and provided them free of charge to the public. Because these books are in searchable digital form, you can search thousands of them in a few seconds for any topic or quotation you are interested in.
To explore the Asian Classics Digital Library, just click on the button here. Follow our sophisticated subject structure to find the book you want, and then download the book for free.
The Asian Classics Digital Library is divided into three main sections: Kangyur, Tengyur, and Sungbum:
- The Kangyur
- The Tengyur
- The Sungbum
All of the nearly 1,000 ancient books containing teachings by the Buddha from 2,500 years ago, which still survive in Tibetan translation
All of some 3,700 commentaries on the Kangyur written in India between the 3rd and 11th centuries, again in Tibetan translation
About 5,000 of the estimated 100,000 additional commentaries written in Tibet during the last thousand years. Teams at our input centers enter new books every day, and these are added on a constant basis. Our goal is to finish all 100,000 books!
DOWNLOAD LIBRARY SECTIONS
Note: Downloads (below) of entire catalogs will be available on June 6th, 2016. Please visit Dropbox in the meantime using the links in the blue box above.
You also have the option of downloading the entire library to your own personal computer just by pushing the button below, for whichever section of the library you want.
Because ACIP data is entered using the Roman letters and characters (ASCII) which are the original basis of all computer code characters, the Library is extraordinarily compact and will easily fit on your personal laptop. If you prefer to view your books in Tibetan letters, just go to that section of the Library and you can also download books in universal Tibetan letters (Unicode).
In Roman letters དབྱིན་ཡིག་ཐོག
In Tibetan letters བོད་ཡིག་ཐོག
Once you download a book, you can easily search it using your own word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, or Pages for Mac. For more advanced searches, you can download Gofer, below, which is a very powerful software created by ACIP for text research.
Gofer is currently available only for the Mac, but PC and online versions are currently in development. Tips for getting the most out of the Gofer text research program are available in a series of free videos on YouTube. Click here to view them.
DESKTOP DATA SEARCH SOFTWARE
ACIP data is provided without charge and without copyright coverage for our digital versions. You are welcome to use any text for any purpose, so long as you credit ACIP as the source. You are also welcome to distribute ACIP texts freely on your website or through other channels, again with credit to ACIP. Our goal is to share this wisdom worldwide.
ACIP has taken reasonable care to assure that none of the texts input are under copyright, but because the data entry has been accomplished for decades under difficult conditions such as in refugee camps, copyrighted texts may have inadvertently been included. If you are a copyright owner and believe that we have mistakenly entered your copyrighted text, please contact us with copyright details and we will work with you to assure compliance.
All ACIP data is entered twice in full and goes through an additional three accuracy checks. Nonetheless, we know that the data may contain mistakes, either due to input operator error; mistakes in the original carvings; or illegible sections in manuscripts. If you do detect an error, we would be very grateful if you send us a note under the “contact” tab on our website, giving us the text name, catalog number, page number, and error. If you wish, we will then list you as a member of our ACIP Data Accuracy Team and give you priority in requesting new books for future entry.