Dharma Publishing's Mission

In 1959 the Chinese invaded Tibet, burning all the Tibetan books and art they could find; the fires lasted for months.

Today, all that remains are books and art smuggled out by refugees as they fled over the Himalayas and into exile.

When you purchase our products or attend retreats, you support our efforts to collect, reproduce and distribute these ancient texts and art to Tibetan Libraries around the world.

Since its beginning, Dharma Publishing has been the biggest publisher of Tibetan Buddhist texts in the world, primarily because of its phenomenally large production of Tibetan texts for the Tibetan communities in exile. In addition we have over 125 titles in the English language, plus thirty-three books for children, called Jatakas.

Our head office is located in Cazadero, California, at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center, about three hours north of San Francisco, and our sales office at 2210 Harold Way in Berkeley, CA. We also have satellite offices in Durham, North Carolina; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dharma Mudranalaya, doing business as Dharma Publishing and Dharma Press, was founded by Tarthang Tulku to protect the Tibetan heritage. It began operations in 1963 in Varanasi, India, and has continued since 1971 in California. We are now based at our own home at Ratna Ling, California, about three hours north of San Francisco.

Since our founding in 1971, Dharma Publishing has printed over 100 titles in English, fostered translations into over 16 languages, and reproduced over 1,000 different sacred art images representing the full range of Buddhist iconography.

All books and art have been printed by Dharma Press also located at Ratna Ling.

Whether you want to begin meditation or Kum Nye, are looking for philosophical insight, or trying to understand yourself and your world better, we have something for you!