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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 Magnificent Account About a Sow
16 Jun 2022

In The Magnificent Account About a Sow, the Buddha recounts the earlier events surrounding a god in Trāyastriṃśa heaven who foresaw that he would be reborn as a pig in Rājagṛha. At the encouragement of Śakra, this god, in the final moments of agony before his death, took refuge in the Three Jewels and thereby attained rebirth in the even higher Tuṣita heaven.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Perfection of Wisdom in Eighteen Thousand Lines
14 Jun 2022

The Perfection of Wisdom in Eighteen Thousand Lines is one version of the Long Perfection of Wisdom sūtras that developed in South and South-Central Asia in tandem with the Eight Thousand version, probably during the first five hundred years of the Common Era. It contains many of the passages in the oldest extant Long Perfection of Wisdom text (the Gilgit manuscript in Sanskrit), and is similar in structure to the other versions of the Long Perfection of Wisdom sūtras (the One Hundred Thousand and Twenty-Five Thousand) in Tibetan in the Kangyur.
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MILESTONES
Press Release: A One-Hundred-Year Vision Clearly Within Reach
12 Jun 2022

On the auspicious day of Saga Dawa Düchen—commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvāṇa—84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha announces that 25 percent of the 70,000 page Tibetan Kangyur has now been published in English translation and made freely available to the world. This significant milestone in 84000’s one-hundred-year project has been reached along with the publication of a translation of one the longest sūtras in the Tibetan Buddhist canon, The Perfection of Wisdom in Eighteen Thousand Lines.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom, the Blessed Mother
31 May 2022

In this famous scripture, known popularly as The Heart Sūtra, the Buddha Śākyamuni inspires his senior monk Śāriputra to request instructions from the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara on the way to practice the perfection of wisdom. Avalokiteśvara then describes how an aspiring practitioner of the perfection of wisdom must first understand how all phenomena lack an intrinsic nature, which amounts to the realization of emptiness.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Entry into the Gloomy Forest
26 May 2022

Entry into the Gloomy Forest tells the story of the eminent brahmin Pradarśa, who is converted to Buddhism upon receiving teachings from the Buddha and goes on to establish a Buddhist community in the Gloomy Forest.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Three New Publications
5 May 2022
Today we are publishing three new closely related translations at the same time. The existence of all three texts in the Kangyur, reflecting different versions brought to Tibet via different routes and translated at different times, gives us a fascinating glimpse of how carefully the Tibetan translations preserved the precious texts available at the time.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Eight Auspicious Ones
28 Apr 2022

While the Buddha is dwelling in Vaiśālī at Āmrapālī’s grove, a Licchavi youth named Superior Skill requests him to reveal those buddhas presently dwelling in fulfillment of their former aspirations, such that venerating them and remembering their names can dispel fear and harm. The Buddha responds by listing the names of eight buddhas and the names of their buddha realms.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Sūtra of Nanda’s Going Forth
7 Apr 2022

In this sūtra, the Buddha Śākyamuni, accompanied by Ānanda, visits the house of Nanda during his stay in Banyan Grove near Kapilavastu. A discourse ensues in which the Buddha explains to Nanda the importance and benefits of going forth as a monk.
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EDITORIAL
Article | The Lost Buddhist Kingdom of Khotan
2 Apr 2022

History has largely forgotten how important this jewel of a country and cradle of the dharma once was.   The Sources of Buddhist Traditions is a monthly column in Tricycle magazine from three of the major digital resources for Buddhist …
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NEW PUBLICATION
Auspicious Night
24 Mar 2022

In Auspicious Night, the deity Candana appears before a monk in Rājagṛha and asks if he knows of the Buddha’s teaching called Auspicious Night. Since the monk has never heard of it, the deity encourages the monk to ask the Buddha himself, who is staying nearby. At the monk’s request, the Buddha teaches him how to continuously remain in a contemplative state by following guidelines…
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