Texts for the World: The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) aims to find philosophical, religious and cultural manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and other languages, transcribe them, scan them, catalog them, and put them online free of charge. Some of this wisdom is over 2.500 years old and contains the cultural heritage of the great cultures of the East.
We are working to make these sources of Asian wisdom accessible to the entire world. To this end, we have set up a database in which you can search for titles/authors/keywords and from which you can download the corresponding works. All this is free of charge!
Many of our employees come from regions where these cultural treasures were written or printed. They may live in countries where economic or political problems threaten these great works. Our employees receive training in useful skills and thus gain the ability to make a living for themselves and their families. At the same time, they make an invaluable contribution to preserving their cultural heritage.
Our team is tirelessly searching for endangered texts throughout Asia. Some books are carved on wooden blocks, and some are written on palm leaves or birch-bark paper. Improper storage can lead to mold, rot or insect damage. Other collections lie unsorted and unused in monasteries, libraries or private collections, often due to lack of funds. We track them down and make the invaluable knowledge accessible to all again.
After preservation, the next step is to translate the texts into various modern languages:
English, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese are our first target languages. Others will follow.
is to preserve the ancient wisdom of Asia and make these wonderful ideas available and accessible to people in our modern world. Please help us to preserve and spread this precious knowledge!
Here is the link to see the online library of ACIP:https://www.asianclassics.org/downloads/
The organizational management of this project is supported by the Maecenata Foundation, Munich/Berlin. More information: www.betterplace.org/c/hilfe/was-ist-maecenata