Tibetan Manuscript Studies: A Research Guide: Dictionaries & Other Resources

Dictionaries and Other Tools for Reading Tibetan Manuscripts

Bod yig brda rñiṅ tshig mdzod / Rnam-rgyal-tshe-riṅ gis bsgrigs. (687 pages)


Skuṅ yig gsal byed nor buʾi me loṅ źes bya ba bźugs so


East Asian Reference (Non-Circulating)  PL3639 .S48 2003


Bod-ljoṅs lo rgyus yig cha'i tha sñad mkho bsdus ma phyi blo gsar 'jug sgo / Zhong yang min zu xue yuan min yu xi zang wen jiao yan zu.

Pe-cin : Zhong yang min zu xue yuan min yu xi zang wen jiao yan zu, 1963.

1, 310 p. ; 21 cm.

Summary: Collection of miscellaneous documents relating to history of Tibet and its relation with China.

In Tibetan and Chinese.



Brda rñiṅ tshig mdzod gsar bsgrigs. Bod Ljoṅs Mi-dmaṅs Dpe-skrun-khaṅ, 2011.

East Asian Reference (Non-Circulating)  PL3635 .B73 2011

And offsite copy.


Bod yig skun yig phyogs sgrig = Zang wen suo xie zi dian /    (SEE WORLDCAT)

An, Shixing.

 Chengdu : Si-khron mi rigs dpe skrun khan, 1994


Bod yig skun yig phyogs sgrig / 

Author: RNam-rgyal-tshe-rin

Publication: [Ch'eng-tu] : Si-khron mi rigs dpe skrun khan 1994

Document: Tibetan : Book

No mtshar-ba'i gans-can 'phrul-ldan skun yig be'u bum (1995)

Lanzhou : Kan-su'u mi rigs dpe skrun khan ; ISBN: 7542103164 9787542103161

Studies in China





Bod yig brda rñiṅ tshig mdzod

CLIO: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/5352909

Author: Rnam-rgyal-tshe-riṅ.

Title: Bod yig brda rñiṅ tshig mdzod / Rnam-rgyal-tshe-riṅ gis bsgrigs.

Published: Pe-cin : Kruṅ-goʾi Bod rig pa dpe skrun khaṅ, 2001.

Description: 3, 6, 678 p. ; 20 cm.

Subjects: Tibetan language - Dictionaries - Chinese.

  Tibetan language - Orthography and spelling.

Summary: Tibetan-Chinese orthographical dictionary.

Language: Tibetan; Chinese

Language Note: Tibetan and Chinese.

LCCN:   2004328896

ISBN: 7800575195

Format: Book


    East Asian Reference (Non-Circulating) >> PL3637 .B9 2001

    Offsite - Place Request for delivery within 2 business days >> PL3637 .B9 2001


Bod kyi brda rñiṅ yig cha bdams bsgrigs

CLIO: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/6477711

Author: Dkon-mchog-tshe-brtan, Gñaʼ-goṅ.

Title: Bod kyi brda rñiṅ yig cha bdams bsgrigs / Gñaʾ-goṅ Dkon-mchog-tshes-brtan gyis brtsam = Tu-fan wen xian xuan du / Gao-rui chu.

Edition: Par theṅs 1.

Published: Pei-ching : Kruṅ-dbyaṅ mi rigs slob grwa chen moʾi dpe skrun khaṅ, 1995.

Description: 9, 5, 471 p. ; 21 cm.

Subjects: Manuscripts, Tibetan.

Summary: Collection of ancient Tibetan orthographical manuscripts.

Language: Tibetan

East Asian >> PL3635 .D68 1995


Item Record 4 of 8


Bod btsan po'i dus skabs kyi brda rnin yig cha dpyad glen

CLIO: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/10879145

Bod btsan po'i dus skabs kyi brda rnin yig cha dpyad glen / Stobs-ldan.

Lha-sa : Bod-ljoṅs mi dmaṅs dpe skrun khaṅ, 2014.

East Asian

Bod kyi brda rñiṅ yig cha rtsa chen bdams bsgrigs rnams kyi tshig don

CLIO: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/5455955

East Asian >> PL3635 .D68 2001


Spu-rgyal Btsan-poʾi skabs kyis brda rñiṅ yig cha slob gsar stoṅ gi ʾjug sgo

CLIO: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/6380003

Author: Klu-ʼbum-rgyal, Goṅ-ba.

Published: [Pe-cin] : Mi-rigs Dpe-skrun-khaṅ, [2006].

Description: [16], 401 p. ; 21 cm.

Subjects: Dunhuang manuscripts.

  Inscriptions, Tibetan.

  Tibet Autonomous Region (China) - History - Sources.

Summary: Study on early Tibetan orthographical inscriptions of edicts, pillars, and bells during 8th to 10th cent.; includes Dunhuang mansucripts reflecting early history of Tibet.

East Asian >> CN1161.T53 K58 2006

Other Tools for Reading Tibetan Fonts and Paleography

*** https://readingtibetan.wordpress.com


Scherrer-Schaub, Cristina A.: “Towards a Methodology for the Study of Old Tibetan Manuscripts: Dunhuang and Tabo.”. In Tabo Studies 2: Manuscripts, Texts, Inscriptions and the Arts, edited by Cristina A. Scherrer-Schaub and Ernst Steinkellner, 3–36. Rome: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente.. 1999.


Scherrer-Schaub, Cristina A., and George Bonani: “Establishing a Typology of the Old Tibetan Manuscripts: A Multidisciplinary Approach.”. Dunhuang Manuscript Forgeries. London. P184-215.. 1999.




Some of these should also be useful:


A New Look at the Invention of the Tibetan Script


The Origin of the Headless Style (dbu med) in Tibet


Writing, painting and sketching at Dunhuang: assessing the materiality and function of early Tibetan manuscripts and ritual items


Dating Early Tibetan Manuscripts: A Paleographical Method


Witnesses for Tibetan Craftsmanship: Bringing Together Paper Analysis, Palaeography and Codicology in the Examination of the Early Tibetan Manuscripts



Sam van Schaik's blog is here: http://earlytibet.com/



**  Perhaps you have found the following book already, b/c I see it is checked out from Butler -- but there is a non-circulating copy at Avery:



It contains an article:

The Tibetan Script and Derivatives / Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp


I am not sure how reliable this article is, but you should probably read it and consider/discuss its findings as well:


Origin of the Tibetan Script / Narkyid, Ngawangthondup

in this book:  https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/490106

It starts on page 207, probably vol. 1.


Here also is a translation of an article by a leading Tibetan scholar:

"A Brief Discourse on the Origin of Tibetan Scripts" / Phuntsog Tsering