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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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About the Project

Our Work

With a strong editorial team, we award text-specific grants to translation teams around the world, working collaboratively to ensure accurate and credible translations of Classical Tibetan Buddhist texts that will form a cohesive Canon upon completion. We integrate new publication technologies in order to deliver these 231,800 pages of the wisdom to you, in English, online, for free.

Our Impact

As of 2010, only 5% of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon had been translated out of Classical Tibetan—a language facing a serious threat to its survival. In ten years, we have published or have in-translation over 36,000 pages of the Kangyur, not only making deeper international academic inquiry possible, but as our readership grows around the world, we put the wisdom that the Canon contains at the fingertips of readers like you.

Our People

Our work relies upon the dedicated and collaborative effort of scholars, professionals, volunteers, advisors, and sponsors around the world. We work remotely and online, across timezones and continents, and we greatly value each and every member of our team. This virtual teamwork has been a major source of both pride and humility as we produce accurate and credible translations and make them available to you online, for free.

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News

NEW PUBLICATION
The Dhāraṇī of the Vajra Quintessence
13 Jan 2022

In The Dhāraṇī of the Vajra Quintessence, the bodhisattva of wisdom Mañjuśrī asks the Buddha to propound a teaching on the highest wisdom that questions foundational Buddhist concepts and categories from an ultimate standpoint without denying their conventional efficacy.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opportunity: Research Editor (F/T)
11 Jan 2022

FULL-TIME POSITION OPEN
We are looking for a scholar who has a passion for studying Buddhist canonical scriptures in their source languages, yet who also values the importance of translation within the larger field of Buddhist Studies, to join our growing team of scholars engaged in translating the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur into English.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opportunity: Google Analytics Consultant (Volunteer)
11 Jan 2022

VOLUNTEER POSITION OPEN
We are seeking a volunteer to support our Google Analytics needs. This position is best suited for those who have professional experience or extensive familiarity with Google Analytics and who wish to offer their skills and/or services in-kind to help guide 84000 in improving the functionality and user experience of its website. 

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NEW PUBLICATION
The Questions of Nāga King Sāgara (1)
6 Jan 2022

The Questions of Nāga King Sāgara begins with a miracle that portends the coming of Nāga King Sāgara to Vulture Peak Mountain in Rājagṛha. The nāga king engages in a lengthy dialogue with the Buddha on various topics pertaining to the distinction between relative and ultimate reality, all of which emphasize the primacy of insight into emptiness.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Questions of Dīrghanakha the Wandering Mendicant
30 Dec 2021

As the Buddha teaches the Dharma to the fourfold saṅgha on Vulture Peak Mountain, the brahmin and wandering mendicant Dīrghanakha approaches and questions the Buddha about his doctrine concerning the incontrovertible relationship between karma and its effects in the world.

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PEOPLE
Designing for Wisdom | Behind our 2021 Edition of The Hundred Deeds
28 Dec 2021

This past Saga Dawa, we enlisted the pro-bono help of Li Yijing (李一静) to design the layout of a special edition publication of one of our favorite sūtras, The Hundred Deeds. Here, Yijing shares her experience of coming into the Dharma, getting creative with the sūtras, and the challenges of spearheading a truly global project in the middle of a pandemic. Please join us in thanking Yijing and her team for their beautiful offering.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Sūtra on Having Moral Discipline
23 Dec 2021

At Prince Jeta’s Grove in Śrāvastī, the Buddha teaches his saṅgha about the benefits of having moral discipline and the importance of guarding it. It is difficult, he says, to obtain a human life and encounter the teachings of a buddha, let alone to then take monastic vows and maintain moral discipline.

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NEW PUBLICATION
The Sūtra on Transmigration Through Existences
16 Dec 2021

King Śreṇya Bimbisāra of Magadha approaches the Buddha and asks him how a past action can appear before the mind at the moment of death. The Buddha presents the analogy of a sleeping person who dreams of a beautiful woman and on waking foolishly longs to find her. He cites this as an example of how an action of the distant past, which has arisen from perception and subsequent afflictive emotions and then ceased, appears to the mind on the brink of death.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Mañjuśrī’s Teaching
9 Dec 2021

The bodhisattva Mañjuśrī approaches the Buddha, who is teaching the Dharma in Śrāvastī, and offers him the shade of a jeweled parasol. The god Susīma, who is in the audience, asks Mañjuśrī whether he is satisfied with his offering, to which Mañjuśrī replies that those who seek enlightenment should never be content with making offerings to the Buddha.
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