KTC Unveils Erlewine Archive at the Manjushri Library
It’s been a long time in the works, and KTC Columbus is proud to announce the opening of The
Michael and Margaret Erlewine Archive of Tibetan Buddhism at the KTC Manjurshi Library.
The archive, full of amazing books and a wide array of Buddhist recordings, art, and media, was
dedicated in a ceremony on Losar Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023.
More than two dozen boxes of valuable books, dozens of cases of valuable recordings from great
masters, gorgeous shrine offerings, handsome Tibetan Buddhist art objects and pictures, plus an
archive of Karma Kagyu teachings that rivals any in the United States were gifted to Columbus KTC
in 2022 by Michael and Margaret Erlewine of the Heart Center KTC in Big Rapids MI.
Michael and Margaret’s contributions to Tibetan Buddhism in general and the Karma Kagyu Lineage
in particular are difficult to quantify in words.
Early students of the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Margaret and Michael blazed a trail for
Dharma Center development, scholarship, and interdisciplinary work that produced the archive KTC
has the honor of hosting.
The Erlewines’ devotion to Khenpo Rinpoché and their enthusiasm for learning and sharing what
they have learned gave Dharma students in the United States the earliest recording archive of
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teachings, as well as KTD Dharma Goods, the dharma book and sacred
object retailer that preceded today’s Namse Bangdzo bookstore.
Our small Manjushri Library at Columbus KTC cannot contain all the treasures the Erlewines have
shared; we will be placing their art treasures throughout our building, and their shrine objects will go
into use in our shrines.
In this small way, we hope to honor the Erlewines for their many contributions to the Dharma in
general and our Sangha community in particular.
The next time you are at KTC, be sure to take a look inside the Manjushri library to see the plaque
honoring the Erlewines, and take a good look at the archive, which we hope to share in an
expanding way with KTC members over the coming months. – Lama Kathy Wesley