“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”
Songtsen Library is an independently functioning part of Drikung Kagyu Institute, which was founded by me. It is a non-political organization dedicated to research in the field of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. The Library hosts a vast collection of (Tripitaka) as well as rare manuscripts from Dunhuang, and ancient city on the Silk Road. It is also home to one of the largest collections of audio recording of more than 10,000 teachings by the most eminent Tibetan Buddhist masters form the 1960s until the present day.
Besides collection and preserving these precious works, the library also conducts research and publishes on various subjects related to Tibetan and Himalayan studies. Moreover, it provides excellent modern accommodation for vising researchers, scholars, students and guests.
About Songtsen Library
Songtsen Library is a non-profit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination of literary works on various subjects associated with Tibet and Himalaya as well as related to research, publication, academic studies and conferences. The library is located in the outskirts of Dehradun, The capital city of Uttarakhand, at the foothills of Himalaya just overlooking the lush Sahastradhara river valley. The library is unique blend of modern facilities with traditional architecture and artwork. Library is equipped with information technology resources like computer and high speed internet connectivity used for incubation, renovation, conservation, storage and retrieval of texts, rare and fragile manuscripts, video and photos. Beautiful rustic accommodations are also available for students, scholars and visitors. The library houses many frescos, Thangka paintings and statues, its lush gardens and mountain views makes it a point of interest for tourists and scholar alike.
Songtsen Library publishes books and journals related to its academic activities . Presently the library publishes the conference papers, The Drikung Kagyu series on writings of great Buddhist masters, the Thumni Riglam series on the environment and other topics, and the biannual Songtsen Tsangyang , A journal on varied subjects geared to stimulate interest and contribution on Himalayan and Tibetan studies.