PLEASE SUPPORT 1 YEAR OF CATALOGING & DIGITIZING THE COLLECTION
The National Library of Mongolia is home to possibly the largest single collection of Tibetan Buddhist books anywhere in the world. No one knows for sure because the collection, which consists of books printed throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries - is currently sitting uncatalogued and relatively unknown to the world.
The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) has been working in Mongolia since 1999 to organise, catalogue and digitally preserve this special collection, which has only recently been unearthed and come to the attention of scholars since the end of the Soviet era.
As the works are cataloged and digitized they are then made available to scholars around the world free of charge. This allows the texts to be translated and shared with teachers and students who are studying the dharma.
For two years the work was put on hold due to shortfalls in funding after the financial crisis. Project costs have increased substantially due to rising inflation and minimum wages for input operators and staff at the Library.
ACIP and a small but devoted team of supporters have recently restarted this important project and are currently paying salaries for six employees.
The total estimated project costs to catalogue and digitize the entire collection, estimated to be approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 titles, is US$1.1m over the time span of about 3 years.
In this initial fundraising effort, we aim to raise funds to support the first full year of salaries for input operators which are $500 per month for six staff, across twelve months.
This is an important step toward achieving the larger goal of cataloging the entire collection, thereby preserving one of Mongolia's important treasures of cultural heritage and a treasure of humanity for all to share.
Your support in this campaign will help in providing the world access to this important wisdom for the benefit of everyone.
If you are new to Tibetan Buddhist teachings there are very good resources we can share with you for translations and modern commentaries on how to practice, so that your life and the lives of others around you will become happier and more fulfilling.
Please join us in this historic effort! Thank you.