54,647

Note: Page count is updated daily

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Why 70,000 pages?

The core of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist literary heritage consists of:
Kangyur
Spoken teachings of the Buddha
1,169 texts containing 70,000 pages.
Tengyur
Treatises on the Kangyur by Indian scholars
4,093 texts containing 161,800 pages.
Sungbum
Treatises on the Kangyur by Tibetan scholars
More voluminous than the Kangyur and Tengyur combined. Page counts are not yet available.

This information is based on Dr. Phillip Stanley’s report on his nearly two decades of research.

Our first step is to get the Kangyur translated, followed by the Tengyur, which is more than double the size of the Kangyur. “70,000” is the total number of Tibetan pages in the Kangyur.

What does “one page” mean?


“One page” means one side of a two-sided Tibetan folio. When translated into English, one Tibetan page is roughly equivalent to one and a quarter A4-sized pages, or two pages of a printed book.

How is the cost per page derived?

The per-page cost of US $250 was derived from the experience gained through our pilot translations, as well as comparisons with existing models of compensation for translators.

What does US $250 cover?

Your donation of US $250 allows us to commission qualified translators and teams to produce one page of the Kangyur in English. It covers the following essential translation processes:

  • Obtain and compare various versions of the text in Tibetan
  • Study and think about meaning of the text, the terms used, and any discrepancies among various versions
  • Consult Sanskrit and Chinese versions of the text
  • Consult Indian and Tibetan commentaries that explain the text
  • Research problems
  • Consult previous translations or academic studies, if they exist
  • Consult advisors
  • Develop several draft translations
  • Edit the translation
  • Refine the language
  • Prepare essential notes, footnotes, and other ancillary materials (est. less than 20% of the entire grant)
  • Proofread the translation

Is this the full cost of the translation?

No. In addition to the steps outlined in the previous section, we need to set up an efficient system to support the long-term continuity of the work, and to ensure the accuracy and readability of the translations. We will need to fund the following tasks:

  • Initial planning and organizational set-up
  • Pilot translations
  • Peer review
  • Editing, design, layout, and prepublication work
  • Development of tools and resources to aid translation work
  • Training of translators to ensure long-term continuity
  • Administrative and operating costs

These costs will be covered by our Founding Sponsors and other donations to BLHP.

How do I sponsor a page?

To sponsor a page, make an online donation today at http://84000.co/donate.

You can:

  • Sponsor a page at US $250 (or US $21 per month for one year) one time, or on a regular basis.
  • Sponsor a page as a gift to your family, friends, and loved ones.
  • Dedicate a page in memory of a deceased loved one.

You can also help us to spread the word around, so that more people will have the chance to participate in this meaningful undertaking.

For more information, please contact us at info@84000.co.

JOIN US as we take the first major step to translate the 70,000 pages of the Kangyur.

The gift of Dharma surpasses all gifts.

The Buddha

Presentation of the Dharma in languages other than Tibetan and Sanskrit will create great merit and through this so many people can attain liberation and enlightenment.

HH the Sakya Trizin

84000 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the fiscal umbrella of Khyentse Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law in the USA. Tax I.D. #91-2167303. Donations outside of the USA are subject to the laws of the individual countries.

Be A Founding Sponsor

Will you consider becoming a Founding Sponsor by making a significant contribution or pledge of US $50,000 or more within our first 5 years? We invite you to join our group of visionaries to lay the foundation for this historic endeavor.

Founding Sponsorship

  • Makes a contribution/pledge of US $50,000 or more within 5 years (2010-2014)
  • Will be acknowledged on BLHP official website and in other informational materials, where appropriate, for the entire span of the 100-year initiative.
  • Provides funding for:
    • Initial planning and set-up
    • First group of translations
    • Reviewing, editing and pre-publication work
    • Development of tools and resources to aid translation work
    • Training of translators to ensure continuity of the project
    • Administrative and operating costs

Find out who our Founding Sponsors are.

For more information, please contact us at info@84000.co.

Your contribution is invaluable to the success of this project. We thank you in advance for your consideration.

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For enquiries, please contact us at info@84000.co.


84000 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the fiscal umbrella of Khyentse Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law in the USA. Tax I.D. #91-2167303. Donations outside of the USA are subject to the laws of the individual countries.

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