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A global nonprofit initiative to translate the Buddha’s words from the Tibetan Buddhist Canon into modern languages, and to make them available to everyone

As a grants-based translation project and online publication house, we leverage and integrate new technologies to make our digital library of the Buddha’s wisdom as accessible and beneficial as possible to readers, practitioners, and scholars around the world.

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84000 is a global non-profit initiative to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages and provide free and open access to over 230,000 pages. Emphasizing engaging and interactive comprehension tools, and through collaborating with like-minded organizations and institutions, 84000 is creating an essential new resource for primary-source scholarship, independent study, and personal practice.

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NEW PUBLICATION
The Sūtra of Vasiṣṭha
29 Sep 2022

While residing in Nyagrodha Park in Kapilavastu, the Buddha meets an emaciated, long-haired brahmin named Vasiṣṭha. When the Buddha asks Vasiṣṭha why he looks this way, Vasiṣṭha explains that it is because he is observing a month-long fast. The Buddha then asks him if he maintains the eightfold observance of the noble ones, prompting an exchange between the two about what the eightfold observance entails and how much merit is to be gained by maintaining it.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Pure Sustenance of Food
15 Sep 2022

While the Buddha is staying at the Bamboo Grove with a diverse retinue, the monk Maudgalyāyana asks him about some unusual beings he saw during an alms round. The Buddha informs Maudgalyāyana that these beings are starving spirits. The Buddha gives a discourse explaining how these starving spirits were once humans yet committed misdeeds related to food that led them to their current dismal state.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Quintessence of the Sun
1 Sep 2022

The Quintessence of the Sun is a long and heterogeneous sūtra in eleven chapters. At the Veṇuvana in the Kalandakanivāpa on the outskirts of Rājagṛha, the Buddha Śākyamuni first explains to a great assembly the severe consequences of stealing what has been offered to monks and the importance of protecting those who abide by the Dharma. The next section tells of bodhisattvas sent from buddha realms in the four directions to bring various dhāraṇīs as a way of protecting and benefitting this world.
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活動
《心經》慶典
31 Aug 2022

為了慶祝84000所翻譯《甘珠爾》經典的數量於2022年6月達到了一個歷史性的里程碑,宗薩欽哲仁波切曾以當時發佈的經典「般若波羅蜜多——究竟圓滿之智慧」爲主題給予了導讀。接下來,仁波切將在新加坡與李連杰先生以《心經》爲主題進行一場對談,探討《心經》所留給我們的財富及其如何影響當今時代。

此次《心經》慶典結合了慶祝活動和角色扮演舞會,悉心裝扮而來的現場賓客將親身體驗以《心經》作為靈感啟發出的各種感官體驗。
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EVENTS
Celebrating The Heart Sūtra
31 Aug 2022

This year 84000 published an English translation of The Perfection of Wisdom, marking the availability of 25 percent of the Kangyur in English. In June, our Founding Chair Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche offered a beautiful introduction to the sūtra, and we …
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NEW PUBLICATION
In Praise of the Glorious Goddess Sarasvatī
18 Aug 2022

In Praise of the Glorious Goddess Sarasvatī presents a series of lyrical verses in praise of the deity Sarasvatī, the patron goddess of spoken and written eloquence. With evocative imagery and inspiring language, the praise pays tribute to Sarasvatī’s unimpeded speech, memory, and knowledge, and to her physical majesty and compassionate nature.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Prophecy of Kṣemavatī
4 Aug 2022

On their morning alms round, the Buddha and Maitreya meet Queen Kṣemavatī who is bedecked in all her royal jewelry. When the Buddha asks her about the source of such fine jewelry, referring to it metaphorically as fruit, Queen Kṣemavatī explains that her worldly position is the fruit of the tree of her previous good deeds.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Teaching on the Effulgence of Light
14 Jul 2022

The Teaching on the Effulgence of Light consists of a series of teachings related to the lights emitted by awakened beings as manifestations of their spiritual achievements. Amid the display of his miraculous powers, the Buddha describes the specific qualities with which each of those lights is associated, and he repeatedly emphasizes the fact that such lights are a natural expression of the insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Sūtra of Jñānaka
7 Jul 2022

In the Heaven of the Thirty-Three, a god has reached the end of his life. He foresees his rebirth as a pig and calls out to the Buddha to save him. The Buddha prompts him to seek refuge in the Three Jewels and, as a result, the god finds himself reborn into a wealthy family in Vaiśālī.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Questions of the Householder Vīradatta
30 Jun 2022

While the Buddha is residing in Anāthapiṇḍada’s pleasure garden in Śrāvastī with a great assembly of monks, elsewhere in Śrāvastī the eminent householder Vīradatta hosts a meeting with five hundred householders to discuss certain questions regarding the practice of the Great Vehicle.
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