(1 July 2015) The Tibetan Buddhism Resource Center has announced its exhibition space on the Google Cultural Institute platform, online and via mobile device. The TBRC partnership with GCI will allow people worldwide to intimately explore and interact with high-resolution images from select manuscripts in our digital archive.
The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts and archives from partners around the world, making significant cultural material digitally available to all in a virtual museum setting. The aim of GCI is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for all to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it, and preserve it for future generations.
In this initial launch, TBRC is releasing three exhibits onto the Google Cultural Institute, all comprised of pages of rare manuscripts from the TBRC archive, with curatorial notes and context from TBRC staff. These three exhibits, now live on Google Cultural Institute, highlight the 84 Mahasiddhas, figures of Buddhist legend and lore, notation of the Tibetan Buddhist musical tradition, and the visionary writings of Ripa Bayo, a Tibetan traveler and prophet.
The illustrated announcement in full is here.