Tibetan Studies Collection Development & Services: Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership

The event poster depicts a soft light blue background with a watercolour mountain illustration. The title reads Tibetan Studies Collection Development and Services: Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership. Above the text is a Tibetan fluid cursive script style called "kyuk", of the Tibetan word "nyamlé", which translates in English to "together-work." Below are the University of Toronto Libraries and Columbia University Libraries logos in white text on a navy background.

Sold Out- Join us in celebrating a decade of collaboration as the University of Toronto Libraries and Columbia University Libraries mark the 10th anniversary of the Tibetan Collection Development and Services partnership!  

Enjoy a keynote talk by Professor Rory Lindsay, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, and a special viewing of "Murals of Tibet," a SUMO-sized Collector's Edition signed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, showcasing life-size depictions of Tibetan Buddhist culture for profound spiritual insight and artistic richness. A reception will follow with light refreshments. 

 

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register in advance via the registration URL linked here or scan the QR code below.  

 

  • Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.  

  • Location: In-person at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street, Toronto.  

  • For inquiries, please send an email to eal.events@utoronto.ca. 

Learn more about the University of Toronto Libraries and the Columbia University Libraries Tibetan Studies partnership history and inception in this article released in 2013 titled, "The University of Toronto and Columbia Libraries Launch Tibetan Studies Partnership."


ABSTRACT  

Holding Community: The Social Impact of Tibetan Literary Archives in Canada and the USA

– Discussion by Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rory Lindsay

 

This talk addresses the importance of Tibetan literary collections in university libraries in the USA and Canada, focusing on the ongoing partnership between the University of Toronto Libraries and Columbia University. It explores the social significance of these libraries' holdings, beginning historically with the role that Tibetan texts have played as repositories of knowledge, ritual actors, and even community members. The talk argues that these collections are essential for the preservation of Tibetan literary heritage and for communities of readers both local and global. 

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Portrait photograph of Dr. Rory Lindsay.

Rory Lindsay is Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is also an editor at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, and a visiting scholar at the Buddhist Texts Translation Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His forthcoming book Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvadurgatipariśodhana Tantra (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, 2023) examines the history of Kunrik funerary practices in Tibet and the intersecting forms of agency—human, nonhuman, and material—that are described in Kunrik ritual manuals. His second book, co-authored with Tibetan scholar Khenpo Tashi Dorje, will examine the life and writings of the twentieth-century master Drayab Lodrö Gyaltsen. 

To view photos from the event, visit the online forum linked here. 

Event Poster. Click on image to open a pdf version.

Event date
Time
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
Teaser
Join us in celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the Tibetan Collection Development and Services partnership between the University of Toronto Libraries and Columbia University Libraries!