Institute of Tibetan Classics (ITC)

is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation, revitalization and dissemination of classical Tibetan thought, culture and literary heritage. Founded by Thupten Jinpa, PhD the goal of the Institute is to make the knowledge and insights of classical Tibetan culture a truly shared global intellectual and spiritual resource open to all.


Library of Tibetan Classics (LoTC)

Our principle project is the creation of THE LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS (LoTC) designed to serve as a definitive reference library of key classical Tibetan texts within a manageable collection. See the full list of volumes here. Read More

Critical Tibetan Edition Volumes (Bod kyi tsug lag gces btus)

Our principle project is the creation of THE LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS (LoTC) designed to serve as a definitive reference library of key classical Tibetan texts within a manageable collection. See the full list of volumes here. Read More

Indian Buddhist Classics Series

The Indian Buddhist Classics compiles classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world, the human mind, logic, and phenomenology. See the full list of volumes here. Read More


Thupten Jinpa Langri was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic academia and received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity). Jinpa also holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from the University of Cambridge, England. Since 1985, he has been the principal translator to the Dalai Lama, accompanying him to the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama, including The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Essence of the Heart Sutra, and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium. Read More.



President and General Series Editor: Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Senior Academic Advisor: Anne Harrington, PhD, Harvard University, USA

Textual Resource Advisor: Gene Smith (late), Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, New York

Literary Editor: David Kittlestrom, MA, Wisdom Publications, Boston

Editorial consultant: Catherine Moore, MA, Concordia University, Canada

Senior Editor on Tibetan Editions: Geshe Lobsang Choedar, India

Project coordinator and administrator: Sophie B Langri, MA (Cantab)

Translators and editors of LoTC series

General Editor: Thupten Jinpa, PhD, McGill University

Beth Newman, PhD, USA

Constance Miller, USA; Editor

Cyrus Stearns, PhD, USA

Dan Martin, PhD, Israel

David P. Jackson, PhD, USA

David Kittlestrom, USA; Editor

Donald Lopez, Jr. PhD, USA

Gareth Sparham, PhD, Canada

Gavin Kilty, UK

Robert Warren Clark, PhD, USA

Roger Jackson, PhD, USA

Sherab Gyatso, UK

Geshe Damdul Namgyal, USA

Geshe Lhakdor Lobsang Jorden, Director, LTWA, India

Guy Newland, PhD, USA

Ian James Coghlan, PhD, Australia

Ives Waldo, PhD, USA

John Whitney Pettit, PhD, USA

Ken Holmes, UK

Peter Alan Roberts, PhD, USA

Phillipe Turenne, PhD, Canada

Tom Troughton, Canada

Ulrike Roesler, PhD, UK

Victoria Scott, USA; Editor

Sarah Harding, USA

Senior Team Advisors

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness Sakya Trizin

H.E. Trushik Rinpoche

H.E. Khenchen Trangu Rinpoche

H.E. Lati Rinpoche (late)

H.E. Menri Trizin Rinpoche


The Hershey Family Foundation

Since 1999: The Institute of Tibetan Classics expresses its deep gratitude to its founding financial partner Barry J Hershey, Connie Hershey and the Hershey Family Foundation. The Hershey Foundation’s support enabled us to meet the core operational costs, as well as fund all the translation and editing work of Thupten Jinpa during the first six years. The Hershey Foundation supports the entire cost of the Critical Tibetan Editions project, and continue to provide support towards the Institute’s core administrative needs.

Tsadra Foundation

Since 2004: The Institute of Tibetan Classics expresses its deep appreciation to the Tsadra Foundation for its generous funding of the translation of ten specific volumes from THE LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS series. Our partnership with Tsadra Foundation began in 2004 and remains ongoing.

Ing Family Foundation

Since 2008: the Institute established a special partnership with the Ing Family Foundation. We are deeply grateful to Ms Nita Ing and the Ing Foundation for underwriting the direct costs of all remaining translation projects from LoTC series as well as supporting part of the stipend of its general editor. The ING Foundation offers also a grant to help meet the costs of the printing of LoTC volumes.

Other benefactors

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (on behalf of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund)

Since 2011: The Institute acknowledges with deep gratitude the generous grant to the Tibet Fund from the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. This grant is to help support the Institute’s work towards the preservation and revitalization of classical Tibetan knowledge and culture.

Drs Mordehai And Hana Wosk

Since 2010: The Institute gratefully acknowledges the special grant from Drs Mordehai and Hana Wosk and family for underwriting the printing and distribution of significant copies of the English versions of THE LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS to be offered to various Tibetan institutions and community across the world, as well as to selected university libraries in Canada and the United States. 

More Benefactors

In addition to our principal benefactors, the following individuals and organizations have also provided funding for the translation of specific volumes from the series for which the Institute is most grateful:

Richard Gere and the Gere Foundation (Translations of Volumes #13 and #14)

Klaus Hebben (Translations of Volumes #3 and #4)

Sandra Esner (Translations of Volumes #12 and #25)

Curtis Jones (Translation of Volume #27)

The Institute has received financial support from the following individuals and organizations as well:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Healing the Divide, New York, USA

Ganden Shartse Dro-Phel Ling, Singapore

Goodricke Group Ltd., India

The Camellia Foundation

Tides Foundation, USA

Reed Foundation, USA

The School of Communications, Dublin City University

Howard C. Cutler

Jane Kushner

K.C. Branscomb Kelley

Thupten Jinpa and Sophie Langri

Ly and Lan Bui



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