March 15, 2021
Dear Friends of the Asian Classics Input Project,
Over the past 35 years, Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) has served an important role in the world of preservation. We thank you for your generous contributions, both monetary and otherwise. None of our accomplishments could have been possible without your support.
In the early 1990s, we were the first organization to input an extraordinary literary wisdom collection: the Tibetan Kangyur, the words of Buddha Shakyamuni (5th century BCE). With rudimentary technology, we created text files—using our own transliteration system (now known as ACIP transliteration) so that the Tibetan language could be represented with ASCII characters using a standard keyboard—that could be readable by any machine. It was a grassroots’ effort, with countless contributors. Through sheer will and creativity, we produced an enormous corpus of searchable literature that had a significant impact on translation, scholarship, and access to this critical body of knowledge.
Now, as we chart our course for the future, increasingly we see the urgent need to preserve global wisdom heritage, not only of the Tibetan commentaries, but beyond, to include other cultural traditions.
We are delighted to announce the Asian Legacy Library (ALL), an organization dedicated to safeguarding and preserving timeless cultural wisdom traditions of the world. ACIP has entrusted its efforts and treasure trove of data to ALL, which will in turn inherit the management of our seven ongoing preservation operations. While ACIP will be closing its doors, its mission lives on in ALL.
The philanthropic effort of ALL is born from the same spirit of openness, creativity, and care that sustained ACIP for over three decades. As a library—a digital home—ALL is well positioned to better organize and manage the significant preservation effort ahead. Some of ALL’s exciting projects are:
- Scanning, archiving, and making accessible the extensive Himalayan collections located in the National Library of Mongolia, in Ulaanbaatar;
- Preserving the rich Ayurvedic heritage of Kerala, in Southern India;
- Inputting the classic Tibetan commentaries, in South India; and
- Preserving critical Buddhist Sanskrit works, in the Kathmandu Valley, with our new and expanded partners in Nepal.
Thank you for your consideration and support,