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A global non-profit 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 “Essence of Immeasurable Longevity and Wisdom”

23 Jan 2021

In this dhāranī, the Buddha begins his teaching with a short set of verses on the Buddha Aparimitāyus and the realm of Sukhāvatī in which that buddha dwells, telling the gathering that anyone who recites Aparimitāyus’ name will be reborn there. Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

The Detailed Account of the Previous Aspirations of the Blessed Bhaiṣajya­guru­vaiḍūrya­prabha

21 Jan 2021

The Detailed Account of the Previous Aspirations of the Blessed Bhaiṣajya­guru­vaiḍūrya­prabha centers on the figure commonly known as the Medicine Buddha. This text was one of two selected by H.H. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje for inclusion in the recent prayer ceremony, “Aspirations to End Adversity.” Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

The Teaching on the Great Compassion of the Tathāgata

14 Jan 2021

The Teaching on the Great Compassion of the Tathāgata is an important early Great Vehicle sūtra for understanding the sense and significance of some key features of the bodhisattva path, including dhāraṇīs, bodhisattva qualities, and the potential for buddhahood (buddhagotra). Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

Introduction to the Domain of the Inconceivable Qualities and Wisdom of the Tathāgatas

31 Dec 2020

Introduction to the Domain of the Inconceivable Qualities and Wisdom of the Tathāgatas consists of a discourse between two bodhisattvas in which the bodhisattva Sarva­nīvaraṇa­viṣkambhin addresses the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī in the Buddha’s inspiring presence. Read more »

ANNOUNCEMENTS
30 Dec 2020

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, our Founding Chair, offers his thanks to all our friends and supporters, and some inspiring words of wisdom as we enter 2021. Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

Unraveling the Intent

24 Dec 2020

In Unraveling the Intent, the Buddha gives a systematic overview of his three great cycles of teachings, which he refers to in this text as the “three Dharma wheels” (tri­dharma­cakra). Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

10 Dec 2020

This sūtra begins as the venerable Śāriputra, who is practicing meditation alone in the forest, wonders how much merit is obtained by those who take refuge in the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Saṅgha. Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

The Sūtra on the Ringing Staff

3 Dec 2020

Buddhism is replete with symbolic objects. As their subject matter, these two closely related texts take one symbolic article known as “the ringing staff” – one of the requisites of a fully ordained monastic. Read more »

NEW PUBLICATION

Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle

19 Nov 2020

Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle unfolds at Vulture Peak Mountain, where the Buddha, surrounded by a great number of bodhisattvas from the human and nonhuman realms and many monks and limitless other beings, gives a discourse on the nature of trust in the Great Vehicle. Read more »

FEATURE
18 Nov 2020

Imagine if your to-do list had 4,500 items on it. Ours does. The people who direct and manage the process of reviewing the translations, editing, proofreading, and marking them up, are the members of our growing Editorial Team. As far as we are concerned, they are the heart of 84000. Read more »

FEATURE
18 Nov 2020

In response to 2020’s unique challenges, our first fully, digital outreach initiative—Sūtras for Well-Being—supports our global community in feeling inspired, connected, and uplifted, offering a multimedia look at the sūtras traditionally recited for resilience and well-being in times of adversity, and the stories behind them. Read more »