The Open Philology project works to create a novel digital environment for the study of Buddhist sūtra literature, with the goal of helping the researcher overcome the limitations of traditional paper editions.

Meet our team

Open Philology would not be possible without a team of experts working to carry the project to its fruition. Each member prepared a short introduction for you to read.

For more on the team click here. You can also contact us.

Our research

Open Philology is developing new tools for the study of Buddhist scriptures, and other literatures with common features, such as the Homeric corpus or Rabbinic literature.

Detailed information on the original conception of the project can be found in the shorter and longer project proposals submitted in our original funding application.

For more on our research click here.

Work with our texts

The textual material with which we work comes from the Mahāratnakūṭa Collection (Chinese Da baoji jing 大寶積經; Tibetan Dkon mchog brtsegs pa chen po), which consists of 49 scriptures, compiled together by the Chinese monk Bodhiruci and published in 713.

In addition to using it as a source of training data for our software, we are working on a series of critical editions and studies of individual texts from this collection.

For more on our texts click here.

Our alignment engine

We aim to create a digital toolkit for multi-lingual alignments across arbitrary texts, using the Chinese-Tibetan-Sanskrit witnesses of the Mahāratnakūṭa Collection as a proof of concept.

For more on our alignment engine click here. Details of the technical implementation of our software designs may be found on our software developer's GitHub here.


In order to spread the word and solicit critical feedback from colleagues around the world, Open Philology members are active in the Buddhological, philological and Digital Humanities conference circuit. We also record our project's developements to stay as transparent as possible.

Stay informed about our current progress and further plans by clicking here.

Our latest publications

As new publications continue to emerge from the project, they are made available here in Open Access format.

Get our newest paper and a complete list with all the previous publications here.