84000 has come to the end of the second year of its ambitious undertaking to translate all of the Words of the Buddha into the world’s major modern languages, in order to ensure their preservation as part of humanity’s rich and diverse religious, cultural and literary heritage.
“Translating the Words of the Buddha…”
–– A Milestone is Reached!
We are happy to report that we are on track with 10% of the Kangyur –– approximately 8,000 pages of the Words of the Buddha –– in the process of being translated into English.
We wish to gratefully acknowledge our 70 founding sponsors and 500 page sponsors. Without your support, this important milestone could not have been reached.
Our grants committee recently concluded its second round of evaluation of applications. Grants are being finalized that will result in another 3,500-4,000 pages of translation. We will announce the funded translators and newly commissioned translations in the very near future.
The momentum is building! In our second grant round, we had 21 applications from Dharma groups and monasteries, and a growing number of university teams. We are delighted by this clear sign that the broader translation community is aware of 84000 and is becoming more and more involved.
…And Making Them Available to Everyone
–– An Exciting Preview!
Coming Soon: We plan to conduct the first live tour of the 84000 Reading Room, which is a free online reading environment, where the second part of our mission –– to make the Words of the Buddha available to everyone –– comes alive. The tour will herald the opening of the Reading Room with the online publication of two tantras and a handful of short sutras –– the first completed English language translations to be shared with the world by 84000.
Scholars, students of Buddhism and other Reading Room users will be able to:
Scan the sections and titles in English, Sanskrit and Tibetan of all 1,169 texts in the Kangyur, and get a sense of the fascinating range of topics that the Buddha spoke about 2,500 years ago.
View the 150-word summaries to get an overview of the translated texts.
Have a direct encounter with the Words of the Buddha in an undistracted online reading environment, or download the translation in PDF format to read offline.
Learn more about key terms, person names, and place names through the integrated glossary and subject classification system that are linked to each translation.
Follow us closely on Facebookfor more information on the live tour, or indicate your interest by email. The tour will orient you to the Reading Rooms features and how to navigate them.
In the meantime, treat yourself to a video previewof the 84000 Reading Room.
It is not too late to become one of 108 founding sponsors with a pledge of US$50,000 or more. Only 38 spaces remain. For more information about founding sponsor terms and benefits, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Buddha said that later in times of degeneration, he will appear as a teacher in the form of scriptures. The Words of the Buddha the scriptures––are deeply considered more precious than the image of the Buddha.”
Debbi brings experience from a successful international nonprofit fundraising career, as well as a deep personal commitment to the Dharma as a student of Sogyal Rinpoche and active member of Rigpa. She works from her home office in Annapolis, Maryland, near Washington, DC.
Debbi is coordinating the effort to expand 84000’s outreach beyond Buddhist networks to globally and historically-minded individuals and institutions that are interested in religious, cultural and documentary heritage, and digital preservation. Email her anytime at email@example.com to share your fundraising ideas.
Ancient Words for Modern Times
The words of the Buddha are the very heart of an ancient tradition that belongs to and merits preservation by and for all of humanity. While initial support for 84000 has come from within the Buddhist community, this is far, far more than a Buddhist project. It is an effort to prevent an entire library of texts about the science of mind and human ethics from being lost from the world forever.
These texts show nothing less than how to cultivate wisdom and compassion to achieve lasting peace and happiness. They are as relevant today as ever. We invite and welcome the support of anyone who wishes to help preserve this truly universal treasure.
2011 Endnote: Deep Gratitude and Vast Aspiration
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84000 is a global nonprofit initiative to translate the Words of the Buddha