84000 at Los Angeles

Photo: Sarah Anne Wilkinson

Last month in Los Angeles, 84000 had a visible presence at both of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s events: “Abishekas and Teachings” (12-15 July) and “Public Talk” (16 July). It was an excellent opportunity to introduce 84000 to the wide audience of nearly 600 people who travelled from as far as Australia, India, Brazil, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, and numerous cities in the United States to receive these rare empowerments and teachings. Many of those who visited the table were both surprised at the urgency of the need for translation and thrilled to hear that several translations had already been completed with many more underway.

84000’s most recent translation, “The Play in Full” (available on the Reading Room at 84000.co), was the subject of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s ‘Public Talk.’ Rinpoche prefaced the talk by speaking at great length of the importance of studying and familiarizing oneself with the sutras, “the foundation and the source for all the Buddha’s teachings,” that have long been sidelined because of “their vastness, their depth, and, to a certain extent, complicated nature.” Already we can see how the translations of 84000 are making an impact on how Buddhism is being shared with the world.

Throughout the abishekas and teachings, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s seat was flanked by six antique wool Tibetan tiger rugs that were donated to 84000 and offered as silent auction items at the 84000 tables. The first of its kind, the silent auction generated $8000 – all of which will be used to sponsor the translation of more pages of the Buddha’s teachings.

84000 would like to thank all of those who stopped by the table to chat, learn more, donate and bid in Los Angeles. We hope to see all of you and our many other supporters again soon—here online or in person!

Posted: 13 Aug 2013