Phil’s primary responsibility for the Asian legacy Library has been the gathering and cataloging of transliterated Buddhist texts from our original input centers located in South India. More recently this has also involved adding the catalogue data from ALL’s current partner project located in the National Library of Mongolia, as well as completed projects which were in the Oriental Library of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Ladakh Gonpa Association located in Leh, Ladakh.
Phil has also developed and managed the full-text and cataloging information housed in a SQL database which feeds the entire ALL digital library.
He received a B.A. in music from Occidental College and completed graduate studies at Stanford University in educational psychology and computer science. While there, he worked on an in-depth project focused on sharing the catalogue data from multiple research libraries, hence developing his interest in cataloging—both the intellectual and technical aspects. Most of Phil’s professional career has been in computer system design and programming.
From 1998 through 2004, Phil attended a Buddhist master’s program at the Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa located in Pisa, Italy. He has been a fully ordained monk for 21 years.
Phil continues to teach a group of dedicated students in Germany, as he has for the last 15 years.