ACIP offers direct downloads of large datasets so users can have their own local copies.
Asian Classics Tibetan Digital Library
Our Tibetan text preservation program inputs hundreds of texts every year at our operational centers in South India.
The Asian Classics Tibetan Digital Library is divided into three main sections: Kangyur, Tengyur, and 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. Download the Kangyur data set in:
3,700 commentaries on the Kangyur written in India between the 3rd and 11th centuries, again in Tibetan translation. Download the Tengyur data set in:
The Sungbum Collection (Collected Writings of the Masters) comprises about 5,000 of the estimated 100,000 additional commentaries written in Tibet during the last thousand years. Download the Sungbum data set in:
Asian Classics Sanskrit Library
Our Sanskrit text preservation program inputs hundreds of texts every year at our operational centers in Varanasi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. The Asian Classics Sanskrit Library is divided into sections comprised of our large collection of scans and searchable input texts.
You can access our Sanskrit Library scans here.
Desktop Data Search Software
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, 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.
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, 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.