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The World of Tibetan Books

Zenkar Rinpoche and E. Gene Smith at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

Tibetan book culture has an history dating back to the 8th century. Closely linked with the spread of Buddhism in Tibet and Central Asia, it tells a tale of traveling people, ideas and technologies. An incredible number of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs (i.e. woodblock prints) are extant. They represent a fundamental part of Tibetan cultural heritage. The study of the introduction of woodblock printing in Tibet is the focus of the Transforming Tibetan and Buddhist Book Culture project.