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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 Chapter on Medicines
10 Jun 2021

The Bhaiṣajyavastu, “The Chapter on Medicines,” is the sixth chapter of the Vinayavastu, “The Chapters on Monastic Discipline,” of the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya. The Mūlasarvāstivāda was one of the most influential Buddhist schools in India, and its Vinaya, the corpus of monastic law, is reported to have circulated not only in various parts of the Indian subcontinent but also in Southeast Asia, at least in the late seventh century.
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EVENTS
June 19, 2021 | 84000 In Conversation: Immeasurable Life
9 Jun 2021

The first episode of our new 84000 In Conversation series is ‘Immeasurable Life,’ and will focus on an exploration of two recently translated texts from the Tibetan Buddhist Canon that have traditionally been recited for longevity. This new weekend series, hosted by 84000 associate editor, Joie Chen, will see special guests dropping in to share stories, histories, initiatives, and inspiration, to help us map the sūtras for modern life.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Inspiring Determination
7 Jun 2021

Inspiring Determination is directed at reforming the conduct of sixty bodhisattvas who have lost their sense of purpose and confidence in their ability to practice the Dharma. The bodhisattva Maitreya leads them to seek counsel from the Buddha, who explains the causes these bodhisattvas created in former lives that resulted in their current circumstance.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Prophecy on Mount Gośṛṅga
5 Jun 2021

The Prophecy on Mount Gośṛṅga1 is an account of the Buddha Śākyamuni visiting the ancient Central Asian oasis state of Khotan, and prophesying its future as a Buddhist kingdom. It is one of a number of canonical texts in the form of prophecies that furnish Khotan with its Buddhist founding mythology.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Teaching of the Armor Array
3 Jun 2021

The Teaching of the Armor Array describes a dialog between the Buddha Śākyamuni and the bodhisattva Anantamati. The sūtra is primarily concerned with the great armor, a quality related to the perfection of insight.
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SLIDESHOW
The Hundred Deeds | An Illustrated Edition
26 May 2021

On the auspicious occasion of Saga Dawa 2021, we are launching a special edition illustrated publication of one of our favorite sūtras, The Hundred Deeds, and here we are thrilled to share with you a wonderful gallery of these precious drawings.  Last …
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Dhāraṇī Endowed with the Attributes of All the Buddhas
13 May 2021

This sūtra records an encounter between the Buddha and the four guardians of the world at an unspecified site on the banks of the Ganges River. The Buddha himself initiates the dialogue, describing four great fears‍—aging, sickness, decrepitude, and death‍—declaring death to be the chief among them, and promising to provide remedies for them.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Limits of Life
6 May 2021

In this sūtra, the Buddha, who is staying in Prince Jeta’s grove in Śrāvastī, addresses the monks directly and teaches in detail about the lifespans of the beings inhabiting the different realms of existence of the Buddhist cosmos.
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NEW PUBLICATION
Maitreya’s Setting Out
29 Apr 2021

Maitreya’s Setting Out narrates the stories of two previous lives of the bodhisattva Maitreya and explains the circumstances for his initial arousing of the mind set on awakening.
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NEW PUBLICATION
The Questions of Brahma­viśeṣacintin
22 Apr 2021

The Questions of Brahma­viśeṣacintin is an important Mahāyāna sūtra that enjoyed significant popularity in Buddhist India, China, and Tibet over the centuries. The teaching itself takes the form of a lively discussion blending practical and theoretical strands of Mahāyāna and emphasizes how bodhisattvas should practice the Dharma—a training that transcends both the mundane and the supramundane.
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