The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has recently acquired an important collection of Tibetan texts from the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC). The TBRC was founded in 1999 by the late E. Gene Smith (1936-2010) with the aim of finding, preserving, organizing and disseminating Tibetan texts in a digital format.
Several of the TBRC’s treasures of Tibetan literature are now available as electronic PDF texts, along with a searchable catalogue, for scholars and students of Tibetan to consult in the reading room of the Bibliothèque de théologie (BTEC) of the Université Catholique de Louvain.
The acquisition was made thanks to Philippe Cornu (Faculté de théologie) through an FSR grant, while the descriptive catalogue was prepared over a period of several months by Dylan Esler (Institut Orientaliste). Many of the texts available here are probably accessible for the first time in Europe. The acquisition of this collection represents a historical step for Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Benelux region and even more widely in Europe, and one that rekindles the tradition of Buddhist Studies established in Louvain by Mgr Étienne Lamotte (1903-1983). For more information, please read here.
Please note that scholars from outside the Université Catholique de Louvain wishing to consult the collection need to have an access card to the libraries of the UCL. It is possible to obtain either a year pass or a day pass – for further information, please read here.