Treasury of Lives

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The Treasury of Lives is an online, open access, peer reviewed,[1] biographical encyclopedia of historical figures from Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan Region.


The Treasury of Lives is an online biographical encyclopedia that was established in 2007 with the mission of providing open access to the lived history of Tibet and surrounding regions. Biographies are intended for a wide audience of scholars, independent researchers and practitioners. Essays cover a wide range of figures, from Buddhist masters to artists and political officials, most of which are peer reviewed. Website localization into Tibetan and Chinese languages in is progress in order to meet the growing numbers of users active in those languages.

The Treasury of Lives is a collaborative resource with over 100 contributing authors.[2] The Treasury has published over 1100 biographies. Many essays are peer-reviewed and benefit from extensive internal and external links to associated art, maps, place descriptions, family and clan information, and timelines.

The Treasury of Lives was originally known as The Tibetan Lineages Project, lead by Moke Mokotoff, Matthieu Ricard and Vivian Kurz. Alexander Gardner, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director and Editor in Chief. The Treasury of Lives is also closely linked with Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC, formerly known as TBRC). The late E. Gene Smith and Jeff Wallman of the BDRC were instrumental in defining the vision of the site and in forging the plan for its development; and its database is closely linked to BDRC.[1][3][4]

The project was initially funded and incubated by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. It became an independent non-profit organization in 2017.


Authors of the biographies in the Treasury of Lives include:


  1. ^ a b "About The Treasury of Lives". The Treasury of Lives. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  2. ^ "The Treasury of Lives: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region". The Treasury of Lives. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  3. ^ "Projects: Treasury of Lives". The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. ^ Wallman, Jeff (June 8, 2010). "Treasury of Lives". Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Retrieved 22 November 2013.


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