Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

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Library of Tibetan Works & Archives. 2010.

The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is a Tibetan library in Dharamshala, India. The library was founded by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama on June 11, 1970 and is considered one of the most important libraries and institutions of Tibetan works in the world.[1]

The library contains sources which were relocated from Tibet during the 1959 escape, including important Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts and archives related the Tibets history, politics, culture and even art. It possesses more than 80,000 manuscripts, books and documents, over 600 thangkas and statues and other artefacts of Buddhist heritage, 6,000 photographs, and many other materials.[1] The present director is Geshe Lhakdor,[2] and Geshe Sonam Rinchen is scholar-in-residence.

The primary objective of the library is to provide a comprehensive cultural resource of the highest standard and to promote an environment to facilitate research and to exchange of knowledge.[1]

The third floor of the library contains a museum (opened in 1974) containing notable artefacts such as a three-dimensional carved wooden mandala of Avalokiteshvara and items that date back to the twelfth century.[1]

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