Monday, 30 November 2009


Today we have added more storage space to the Treasury of Wisdom main archive. We now have 111TB of storage for audio and video files. Needless to say, there is no such thing as too much storage, and we probably add more harddisk space within a few months.

In case you are worried about backup: all our data is backed up to harddisk arrays which are housed in a seperate building for fire protection.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

1300 Transcripts in DSpace

DSpace, the treasury of wisdom's online repository features now more than 1300 transcripts, available for Rigpa researchers for full online-text search. Many more transcripts will be coming in soon.

As the Three-Year Retreat has finished, transcribing will be relying much more heavily on the national teams and many of them will submit transcripts into DSpace directly. So, DSpace will become a much more integrated part of the work of the transcribers world-wide.

Transcripts form a major backbone of Rigpa's work. We thank all the transcribers and coordinators for their hard work. Without you, many many things would not be possible!!!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Three-Year Retreat in Lerab Ling has ended

The Three-Retreat in Lerab Ling has ended with a very auspicious concluding ceremony on 21 November 2009. Almost 500 students followed teachings and practice for 3 Years, 3 Months, and 3 Days.

This Three-Year Retreat has broken all records for this kind of retreats. It is certainly the first retreat of this kind which is fully recorded digitally in 5 languages.

There have been more than 500 teaching sessions, not to mention the additional presentations of Rigpa's students

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Teachings for All Seasons still ALIVE

The following one is for Rigpa Students only.

The "Teachings for All Seasons" podcast for the Rigpa Sangha is still alive. We have just updated all the different language versions. You access them by going to the Rigpa Sangha Portal. Please also consider making a donation to keep this service running. You can donate here.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Happiness is up to you

We have posted a new short video extract of a teaching of Rinpoche from Killarney, 26 April 2009, Ireland.

Even though it is quite short, Rinpoche manages to communicate the starting point of the teachings of the Buddha.

You can get a DVD of the full teaching from the zamstore.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

A Tribute to Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

To mark the 50th anniversary of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's parinirvana, we have quickly assembled this short compilation from our ever-growing archive of film and photographs.

Although little known in the West, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was of the greatest importance for the spread of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings over the Western hemisphere. At that time in Tibet there was no other master that received the respect from followers of all traditions. Since he himself, following in the footsteps of his predecessor Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, had gathered, studied, practiced and taught all the different lineages of Tibetan Buddhism everyone claimed him as a great teacher of their very own tradition.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Treasury of Wisdom is favoring Open Documents Standards

Since 2008, the Treasury of Wisdom has been exploring different document standards for use in Rigpa (like Open-Office format ODT, Word format DOC, RTF format). We have talked to many people and for now we are seeing ODT as the clear winner in the fight over which format we should use in an archive.

ODT is an open standard, i.e. there is a clearly published description of how files in this format need to look like it (as opposed to the Microsoft Word standard which is controlled by Microsoft).

If you wish to try out ODT, you can download a free copy of open-office unless you own a PowerPC mac, then you would need to use NeoOffice.

Both these programmes exist now in version 3 which is far superior to version 2. There has been some weird behavior in version 2 of open-office when converting text files, which seems to have been fixed in version 3.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Remembering the Masters

A team of dedicated Rigpa students has interviewed students of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. The results of their work is now being published here.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Buddhism is modern

In March 2009, Sogyal Rinpoche gave two days of teachings in Thimpu, Bhutan, which will be shown on Bhutanese Television. Here is a short extract of his teachings. Visit for more into.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

SR Bhutan 2007 Part 3

This is the 3rd part of the videos from Sogyal Rinpoche's teachings in Bhutan, March 2007. He talks about To tame this mind of ours.

SR Bhutan 2007 Part 2

This is the 2nd part of the videos from Sogyal Rinpoche's teachings in Bhutan, March 2007. He teaches here on Commit not a single unwholesome action, Cultivate a wealth of virtue

SR Bhutan 2007 Part 1

This is the first part of the videos from Sogyal Rinpoche's teachings in Bhutan, March 2007. He introduces his teachings here and talks about contentment.

The Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Lerab Ling, August 2008

A short extract of the DVD video that is included in Rigpa's View Magazine number 2 showing the environment of the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Lerab Ling in August 2008.

SR Bhutan 2007 Part 4

This is the 4th part of the videos from Sogyal Rinpoche's teachings in Bhutan, March 2007. He teaches here on Mind, Buddha Nature, and he introduces the direct and gradual approach to meditation.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Fundraising in Australia

I wanted to thank all those generous students who donated money towards the Treasury of Wisdom in a recent fundraising auction in Australia.

The Treasury of Wisdom is in need of quite a bit of money to keep on going in order to provide all the materials necessary to produce the home retreat, the parallel programme, the Rigpalinks and so on.

If you wish to donate, even if it is just a few bucks, please visit our donation page.

Transcripts are slowly coming into the Treasury of Wisdom Database

The Treasury of Wisdom taskforce only found one person this year to file transcripts into our database. so, the entire team is frentically trying to help out to get the full transcript archive into our online database. We have now 700 transcripts available online, and searchable online, but there is still loads to do.

And, by the way, the transcribing team desperately needs support. Please contact Petra Brinkhaus if you want to help.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

The Dalai Lama's Historic Visit to Lerab Ling

We have now posted in YouTube an excerpt of a video documenting His Holiness' Historic Visit to Lerab Ling in August 2009. The full video can be found on DVD which comes with the second edition of "View, the Rigpa Journal". You can purchase this amazing magazine with a full written report of the historic visit from the ZAM Shop .