The following article is from the Autumn, 1989 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


The documentation of the oral transmissions of Tibetan masters goes back over 1000 years as disciples would take notes in groups and then work on them with their Guru to create the many well known commentaries and texts we now have. Today the archival preservation of oral Tibetan teachings on video tape can establish permanent living documents of the important lineage holders. With every great master's death an important part of the oral teaching is lost hence the urgency of preserving the Tibetan Buddhist oral traditions. His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya Order, has encouraged this documentation by establishing the Sakya Archives. The Sakya Archives has the goal of furnishing all Sakya centers with a comprehensive set of video teachings and transcriptions on the basics of Buddhism including the whole Mahayana, taught by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. A number of videos have been produced to date but your support is needed if this project is to continue. Such an archive would be instrumental in facilitating the training tomorrow's Geshes and Lamas, our future Gurus. Such a work is of a cultural nature, not commercial, and therefore requires your generous support to continue. For more information, please contact: Sakya Archives, Paty and Mark Rose, Quartier de la Haute Galine, 13210 St. Remy de Provence, France.


The President of the Parent-Teacher's Association in Orissa, India is appealing to individuals and organizations to donate books, either in Tibetan or in English, on Tibetan culture, religion, history, medicine, etc., to their school which is badly in need of educational materials. Contact: President (PTA), Tibetan Settlement Chandragiri, PO Mahendragada 761034, (Gm) Orissa, India


In Manali there are many poor people. These people work long hours breaking stones to build roads. For this they receive 15 rupees per day (1 US dollar). With this they survive, but they cannot afford to send their children to school, especially if the child is strong enough to work also. They worry that without education their children will grow up knowing nothing of their Tibetan and Buddhist culture. With your help a school can be built for these children. By giving them an education we can ensure they receive a more hopeful stan in life. So please, if you could make a donation towards this project you can help make it a reality. Contact: Lama Gondup, c/o Lama Wangdor, PO Rewalsar 175023, Dist. Mandi, HP, India.