The Treasury of Lives is a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region founded in 2007
The Treasury of Lives is a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region. The Treasury provides accessible and well-researched biographies of a wide range of figures, from Buddhist masters to artists and political officials; most essays are peer reviewed. Content is enhanced by a dynamic map of Asia.
The team at the Treasury wishes to acknowledge everyone who has collaborated to help create the site, which was originally known as The Tibetan Lineages Project. Chief among them are Donald Rubin, out of whose mind the idea initially sprung, and Moke Mokotoff, Matthieu Ricard and Vivian Kurz, who originally created the site and engaged the scholars who wrote the earliest essays. We remember the late Gene Smith for his encouragement and suggestions.
This resource is in continuous development, thanks to generous support from foundations and individual donors. If your circumstances allow, please consider a tax-deductible donation to keep The Treasury of Lives online.
Alexander Gardner is Director and Chief Editor of the Treasury of Lives. Alex completed his PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan in 2007. He is the author of The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (Shambhala, 2019). He can be reached at Alex at treasuryoflives.org.
Tenzin Dickyi is an Editor at the Treasury of Lives. She is also English Editor of Tibet Web Digest, a project of Columbia University's Modern Tibetan Studies program. She has an MFA from Columbia University where she was a Hertog fellow and a BA from Harvard University. She can be reached at Tenzin at treasuryoflives.org.
Catherine Tsuji is an Editor at the Treasury of Lives. She received an MA in Religious Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. She can be reached at Catherine at treasuryoflives.org.
The TBRC RID number refers to the unique ID assigned by the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC.org) to each historical figure in their database of Tibetan literature.