The CTS corpus currently contains e-texts of Sanskrit sources for
For a full list of CTS e-texts and their sources, see our e-texts Bibliography.
The CTS e-texts are digital text files of primary tantric sources, presented solely for the purpose of teaching, research or private study. Commercial use of CTS e-texts is prohibited, and access is subject to our Conditions of Use.
We aim to provide a high quality of e-text. We endeavour to use reliable sources, such as critical editions; we proofread input texts; and distribution rights are obtained for all e-texts in the corpus.
CTS e-texts are either circulated with the permission of the creators of the original works, who retain full rights to and ownership of these works, or are based on works determined to be out of copyright.
CTS e-texts deriving from published material are amended extracts, not duplications or republications. They are presented as plain Unicode text with no markup, typographic embellishment, annotations or critical apparatus. Minimal information about the e-text is provided in front matter which credits the author/editor and records the date and version of input. To read the text as originally presented, it is necessary to refer to the original sources.
CTS e-texts are digital text files in Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. They are viewable and searchable under Unicode-compatible operating systems. Please refer to our notes on encoding standards and viewing.
Sources for our e-texts may be any of the following:
- a published text which the CTS has been explicitly permitted to distribute in digital form;
- a published text which lies in the public domain, or for which no copyright has been asserted, or which are determined to be orphan works;
- an unpublished transcription or edition of a text which has been contributed to the CTS;
- a digital text incorporated from other sources (such as the internet), used with permission.
All e-texts in the corpus are provided “as is” without guarantee.
The Growth of the Corpus
We are gradually expanding the corpus of e-texts, and aim eventually to offer a comprehensive resource. Our first e-texts were offered at the inauguration of the CTS in 2007.
We actively encourage contributions to our corpus. Those interested in contributing are invited to read our guidelines for submitting e-texts.
In addition, we gratefully welcome permission to use already published texts, or transcriptions from unpublished manuscript sources. Any publication of a quality e-text can certainly be regarded as a contribution to scholarship.
Sample Citation Format
We suggest the following sample format for published citations of our e-texts:
Ratnākaraśānti. Hevajrasahajasadyoga. UTF8-encoded e-text (http://www.tantric-studies.uni-hamburg.de/e-texts/bauddha/HeSaSa.txt). Based on Isaacson (2002a). Hamburg: Centre for Tantric Studies, 2007.
• Please send submissions or enquiries about our corpus to our contact address.