The Library of Tibetan Classics is an extraordinary endeavor. The collection will eventually include thirty-two volumes, many of which include multiple unique texts. The translations range from core works by eminent masters of the major Tibetan Buddhist lineages, to the arts, medicine, and history.
The scope of the LOTC is unprecedented in the realm of Tibetan to English translation and publishing projects. Wisdom Publications released the first volume, Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalacakra in 2004 to coincide with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s bestowal of the Kalacakra empowerment in Toronto. I attended that particular event and purchased my copy there. I have been hooked ever since.
There are now eight volumes in print and each one truly is a treasure. Not only for the expert translation, design, and wisdom they contain but because they represent the enduring power and strength of the Tibetan literary tradition. A tradition so profound that it has the capacity to capture our hearts and transcend the cultural confines of their origin, even in the face of powerful adversaries that sought to destroy it.
Each time a new volume is printed it’s like Christmas for me. I just have to find more space on the bookshelf.