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We would like to thank the 108 Founding Sponsors who so generously provided the seed funding to help 84000 get started with its task of translating the words of the Buddha. Each of these sponsors gave or pledged to give between $50,000-$250,000 to help us begin our journey. In addition to providing the funding for the initial rounds of translations, the funds are being used or have been used to: create the infrastructure for reviewing, editing, and pre-publication work; develop the tools and resources necessary for translation work; train translators and editors; and offset both the costs of the initial planning, and the current and ongoing administrative and operating costs.

With the vision and generosity of these Founding Sponsors, 84000 has been able to successfully launch and significantly progress with the immense task of translating the words of the Buddha. We offer our heartfelt thanks to all our Founding Sponsors for enabling us to safeguard this invaluable world heritage, and making it available for generations to come.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, chairperson of 84000, has written a message addressed to all 108 Founding Sponsors. Click here to view Rinpoche’s message.


Our 108 Founding Sponsors

1 Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and Khyentse Foundation
2 Bodhi Foundation
3 Anonymous
4 Kelly Lee
5 Anne Meehan
6 Ng Tai Ek
7 Cangioli Che
8 Martha Bonzi
9 Hwei-Wan Chen, Yun-Chan Tai, Bill Cole, Judy Cole, William Tai and family
10 Kris Yao, Xiang-Jen Yao
11 Prajnarakshita
12 May and George Gu, Likai, Lillian, E E Ho, Minda Ho
13 Florence Koh
14 Ang Gah Lin
15 Chan Kim Chang
16 Chiong Gim Tuan
17 Michelle Lin, Phillip Liao
18 Venerable 8th Zuri Rinpoche
19 Chris Lo
20 Chung Wing Yin Patrick, Chung Anthony Patrick Wai Leung
21 Amy Lee, Alfred Chan
22 Ho Siew Tin, Lim Kwee Bock, Irene Lim S.C., Lim Thiam Loo, Liu Huat
23 Joyce Leung Suk Yi, Eddy Chik, Karen Chik, Kelly Chik
24 Chan Siu Kwong Christopher, Chan Ho Yuet Lan Yolanda
25 Ang Choon Sin
26 Ang Chui Jin
27 Albert Halim, Lilian Halim, Skyler Ericson Lim, Hillary Setyo, Hillman Setyo
28 Anonymous
29 Lester Chan
30 Yong Siew Chin
31 Grace Fong
32 Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche, Chi Chiang-Chuan, Chi Pai Fang-Chu, Chi Ching-Hui & family
33 Fong Sou Lam, Mak Kam Ming, Bill K C Fong, Bianca Marques Ferreira Fong, Teresa Castro Marques Ferreira
34 Janice Batchelder
35 Richard Chang
36 Luciana Doro Novaes
37 Irena Cheng
38 Ho Jing-bon, Ting Lai Hau, Adrian Ho Him-shuen, Hadrian Ho Yan-ki, Ho Ho-ki
39 Manoel Vidal
40 Jessica Chow & Rachel Szeto
41 Jet Li One Foundation (Hong Kong)
42 Anonymous
43 Sogyal Rinpoche
44 Anonymous
45 Shakya Dewa
46 C.C. Szeto
47 Anonymous
48 James Lo-Min Chen
49 Hans Huang-Yuan Chen
50 Joie Szu-Chiao Chen
51 Sukha
52 Bai Ma Na Mu
53 Oser
54 Janet Lin Hsiu-Jen
55 Beverly S. Lin
56 Suresh Jindal and Devki Foundation
57 Anonymous
58 Ingrid Kwok
59 Yao Mei Ru
60 Yeung Shuk Wah
61 Yeung Shuk Hing Yvonne
62 Clara Mo Wai Ling
63 Tensin Choeki Tobgyl
64 Poon Poh Hiang
65 Roy Leung
66 Yeung Hoi Pang
67 Thirty, Twenty and family
68 Castlebury Family
69 Projeto Sangdopalri
70 Mind Stretcher Learning Centre, Phua Peng Yock & family, Lim Gek Hoon & family, Kuek See Chai & family, Lim Khye Kee
71 Anonymous
72 Kuo Yu Min (Vanessa) and family and friends
73 Jui Chan Huang and family
74 Weiduo Wang, Dihua Zhao, Lee Yan and Jane Yan
75 All sentient beings, Alvin Kuek Chye Seng & brothers, Chua Ah Mee & family, Leow Yeng Yeng & family, Lee Moi Kia & family
76 All sentient beings
77 Liang Karin, Liang Sie Fon, Fung Kin Hing, Liang Lisi & Liang Vania
78 Ye Kong and family
79 His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
80 Nerissa Chow and family
81 Chou-Tui Hsieh
82 Lin Chang Fu and Lin Yu Pao
83 George Du and Mark Du
84 All sentient beings, David Tan and family, Rachael (Nada) and Fan Yin
85 Liu Fan and family
86 Yong Voon Keong, Yong Teck On, Chong Nyuk Lan, Yong Boon Choong and Yong Woon Siew
87 Anonymous
88 Anonymous
89 Wong Sek Fook
90 Gere Foundation
91 Vicki Flavell
92 Schnoebi
93 T.C. LI & family, Chen Tien-Wang Family, Liu Yan-Shi, all sentient beings, and an anonymous donor
94 Tan Twee
95 Goh Lee Eng
96 Ang Wei Khai, Ang Yi Han, Gauri Ang
97 Mr. and Mrs. E. W. O. Wilkinson
99 Stanley Lai and Ding Nai Zhu
100 Dolma
101 Clara S.F. Wong, Thomas C.H. Yu, Olivia G.Y. Yu, Jeffery G.H. Yu and Kwan Choi Ping & family
102 Ms. Tashi Yangzom and Mr. Dawa Penjore
103 Chen Ying-Jiao , Cheng Yu-Yuan , Ye Cheng-Jun , Che-Chu Lin and Anonymous
104 Zhou Tian Yu and Chen Yi Qin
105 Hershey Family Foundation
106 YaoYun Xu, Sunny Lu, JiRen Fan, Li Hong and ShenRen Wang
107 Lee Foong Chin, Ang Jhuo Chen, Atisha Ang Li Heng and Ang Khai Yang
108 Meng Shu Ping Family

Every year, we commission a new batch of translations. Some of the designated texts are long, important sūtras that require a sizeable amount of funding in order to see the translation process through to completion. We would like to thank our sūtra sponsors for their generous support.

Our Sūtra Sponsors

1 Perfection of Wisdom in 25,000 Lines

Sponsored by: Kris Yao and Xiang-Jen Yao

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The Perfection of Wisdom in 25,000 Lines is the second longest of the six ‘mother’ Prajñāpāramitā texts (yum drug). It comprises three entire volumes of the Kangyur (vols. 26-28) and is divided into 76 chapters relating dialogues between the Buddha and senior disciples, notably Śāriputra, Subhūti and Ānanda.

With some exceptions, the text parallels the structure of the other Perfection of Wisdom sūtras, especially the Prajñāpāramitā in 10,000 Lines, yet it has traditionally been regarded as more influential, analyzing the bodhisattvas’ transcendent perfections in considerably greater detail, and showing how bodhisattvas should practise them without ever considering either their practice, or any other phenomena whatsoever, as truly existing.

An original Sanskrit version found in Gilgit exists, as well as four distinct Chinese translations. There is also an important recast Sanskrit manuscript, possibly of 5th century origin, which divides the text according to the eight sections of Asaṅga-Maitreya’s famous treatise, the Abhisamayālaṃkāra. The Tibetan text dates from the 9th century. There are several important commentaries on the text in the Tengyur, by Haribhadra, Smṛtijñānakīrti, Vimuktasena and others.
Estimated to be completed in 8 years.

No. of pages: 2,309 pages

Padmakara Translation Group
Gyurme Dorje, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Pema Sherab, Charles Hastings

2 The Jewel Cloud Sūtra

Sponsored by: George Gu, May E Ho Gu, Likai Gu, Lilian Gu, Jerry Yen,
E E Ho, Minda & Miin Ho, Chung Da, Beiying Ho

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In this text, the Buddha likens the buddhadharma to the precious rain, and expounds on the virtues and merit that a bodhisattva needs to accumulate.

The sūtra contains extensive lists enumerating the different qualities and practices of buddhas and bodhisattvas in 108 categories, and was an important source of terminology for the Tibetan Translators of the early period. This is one of the earliest texts to be translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan.

No. of pages: 224 pages

Dharmachakra Translation Committee:
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Thomas Doctor, Andreas Doctor

3 Great Cloud

Sponsored by: Anonymous

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The “Great Cloud” is a group of sūtras with the theme of using clouds and rain as analogy to describe the nourishing, life-giving qualities of the Buddha’s teachings and activities.

The sūtras were taught in the presence of many nāgas, for whom water is of prime importance; throughout the ages, these texts have also been used in times of drought to invoke the Buddha’s blessings in the form of rain.

No. of pages: 229 pages

University of the West:
Dr. Joshua Capitanio, Victor Gabriel, Dr. Miroj Shakya

4 The Ten Levels

Sponsored by: Shakya Dewa and family

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This is an important and popular Mahāyāna sūtra which sets out in detail the characteristics, qualities and accomplishments of the ten bodhisattva levels. Forming part of the Avataṃsaka sūtra, this text is often considered a sūtra in its own right, and is frequently quoted in many commentarial materials.

No. of pages: 234 pages

Dr Peter Alan Robert, Emily Bower, Yeshi Tulku

5 The Foundations of the Renunciate Order
Vinayavastu Pravrajyāvastu

Sponsored by: Zhou Tian Yu, Chen Yi Qin, Irene Tillman, Archie Kao,
Zhou Xun

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The Vinayavastu (“Principles of Discipline”) is a compilation of material underlying the establishment of the rules of Buddhist discipline, and includes a wealth of stories, parables, and history.

The first book-length section, “The Foundations of the Renunciate Order,” concerns the subject of ordination and monastic code of conduct. It also contains many other elements, including the detailed biographies of two of the Buddha’s main disciples, Sariputra and Maudgalyayana.

No. of pages: 261 pages

Robert Miller (Ven. Lozang Zöpa), Diana Finnegan (Ven. Lhundup Damchö), Matthew Wuethrich, Geshé Tséwang Nyima,
Geshé Rinchen Ngödrup

6 The Collected Teachings on the Bodhisattva

Sponsored by: Chang, Tai Kwang

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An important sūtra from the Ratnakuta (“Heap of Jewels”) collection that sets out in detail the stages and practices of the path of the Bodhisattva vehicle. It contains extensive explanations on key Mahāyāna practices, including the Four Immeasurable Thoughts, Six Perfections, and more.

No. of pages: 477 pages

The Norwegian Institute of Palaeography and Historical Philology (PHI):
Jens Braarvig, David Welsh, Fredrik Liland, Andrew Skilton

7 Teaching the Unfathomable Secrets of the Tathāgatas

Sponsored by: Leo Tong Chen and his family

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Teaching the Unfathomable Secrets of the Tathāgatas is a fascinating third turning mahayāna sūtra extracted from the larger Ratnakūṭa sūtra that explores a diversity of topics across 24 chapters and an epilogue.

Both the Buddha and Vajrapāṇi teach, discussing the secrets of the body, speech, and mind of the bodhisattvas and the buddhas, nonduality, the relationship of the nature of mind to the qualities of buddhas and bodhisattvas, and other subjects. It follows a consistently nondual perspective — identifying that while an awakened being may seem to be engaged in a conceptual or dualistic action, they never leave the scope of nonconceptual wisdom. It reveals the extraordinary freedom that awakened beings have in their acting in the world.

No. of pages: 205 pages

Dharmachakra Translation Committee:
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Timothy Hinkle, Andreas Doctor

8 The King of Samādhis Sūtra

Sponsored by: Anonymous

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The King of Samādhis Sūtra is a mahāyāna sūtra of great importance, particularly as a much quoted source of authority—in both Indian and Tibetan traditions—for a range of aspects of Buddhist practice and philosophical views. The term samādhi is used throughout the text with a very wide range of meanings, including the experience of emptiness, all sorts of other practices for bodhisattvas, and as a reference to the text itself. The awakening obtained by recognizing the empty and illusory nature of all phenomena, and its merits and powers, is perhaps the core theme, but the text also describes the six perfections, aspects of discipline and ethics, the body of the Buddha, reflections on the qualities of the Buddha, other kinds of samādhi, and definitions for a large number of terms describing their merits and power.

For its exposition of emptiness, it was considered authoritative by the Madhyamaka philosophical tradition and is quoted extensively by Candrakīrti, Śāntideva, Śāntarakṣita, Kamalaśīla, Prajñākaramati, and others.

No. of pages: 339 pages

Dr. Peter Alan Roberts, Emily Bower, Yeshe Tulku

9 The White Lotus of Compassion Sūtra

Sponsored by: Anonymous

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The sūtra describes a previous life of Śākyamuni Buddha when he was a court priest to a king. He makes his prayer to become a buddha and causes the king, his princes, his own sons and pupils, and others, to also take the same vow. This is revealed to be the major event that is the origin of buddhas and bodhisattvas such as Amitābha, Akṣobhya, Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī, and the thousand buddhas of our eon.

The “white lotus of compassion” in the title refers to Śākyamuni himself, emphasizing his superiority over all other buddhas, like a fragrant, healing white lotus among a bed of ordinary flowers. He chose to be reborn in an impure realm during the degenerate times. Because of this courageous vow of great compassion, Śākyamuni is considered one of the greatest buddhas.

No. of pages: 337 pages

Dr Peter Alan Robert, Emily Bower, Yeshi Tulku, Tracy Davis

10 The Teaching on the Great Compassion of the Tathāgatas

Sponsored by: Frank S T Gu

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This is one of the ten main sūtras connected with the notion of Buddha Nature (Tathāgatagarbha). It is frequently cited in the Treatise on the Sublime Continuum (Uttaratantra-Śāstra) and other commentarial texts that explain the topic.

No. of pages: 201 pages

Anne Burchardi, Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche, Ulrich Pagel

11 Perfection of Wisdom in 10,000 Lines

Sponsored by: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, and respectfully and humbly offered by Judy Cole, William Tai, Jie Chi Tai and families,
Shi Jing and family.

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The Perfection of Wisdom sūtras are the principal texts of the Buddha’s “second turning of the Wheel of Dharma” on the subject of the emptiness of all phenomena.

This text exists only in its Tibetan translation, as its Sanskrit original has been lost. It collects many of the definitions scattered throughout the longer versions of the Perfection of Wisdom texts.

No. of pages: 789 pages

Padmakara Translation Group:
Dr. Gyurme Dorje, Dr. John Canti, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche

12 The Principles of Medicines
Vinayavastu Bhaiṣajyavastu

Sponsored by: Leo Tong Chen and his family

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The Vinayavastu (“Principles of Discipline”) is a compilation of material underlying the establishment of the rules of Buddhist discipline, and includes a wealth of stories, parables, and history.

The Principles of Medicines section contains a wealth of details on many medical practices, medicinal substances, and their preparation and uses, and includes many interesting stories and biographies.

No. of pages: 798 pages

Bhaisajyavstu Translation Team:
Dr. Fumi Yao, Shayne Clarke, Gregory Schopen, Masahiro Shimoda

13 The Complete Hundred Deeds

Sponsored by: Zhou Tian Yu, Chen Yi Qin, Irene Tillman, Archie Kao,
Zhou Xun

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A prime piece of mahāyana narrative literature, and quoted in the Tengyur texts of later Tibetan masters, the two-volume The Sūtra of a Hundred Deeds (Karmaśataka) gives us fabulous accounts of Lord Buddha’s notable acts and foundational teachings. Colorful stories, culled from all walks of ancient Indian life, illustrate how actions and their consequences ripen from lifetime to lifetime, and beyond. The Hundred Deeds also features memorable stretches of verse, including a vivid set of metaphors foretelling the dire state of the world upon the disappearance of the Buddhadharma.

No. of pages: 873 pages

Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of NY:
Dr Lozang Jamspal, Thomas K. Fischer

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