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84000 Announces the Historic Publication of a Major Buddhist Sutra Never Before Available in English

BuddhistDoor Global, February 2021

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, the global nonprofit 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha is announcing publication of a new translation of an important sūtra known as The Application of Mindfulness of the Sacred Dharma. This scripture, one of the longest texts of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, has never before been made fully available in English.

Buddha translation from ancient Tibetan to English a 100-year task, say volunteers and scholars 10 years into the job

South China Morning Post, September 2020

“The work may not be economically productive, but we humans really need meaning as well as material prosperity, and it is becoming obvious that the systems of ethics and morality that underpin society, and more broadly our goals and aspirations, badly need basic rethinking.”

Recalling Design Icon Milton Glaser and his Buddhist Visuals

Lion’s Roar, July 2020

The graphic designer Milton Glaser died on June 26th, on his 91st birthday. Glaser’s work is famous: everybody knows, for example, his “I ♥ NY” logo, or maybe his poster of Bob Dylan, or his work as co-founder of New York magazine.Lesser known, though, are his contributions to the visual presentation of Buddhism in the modern era.

84000 Launches Video Campaign to Mark 10 Years of Preserving the Tibetan Buddhist Canon

Buddhistdoor Global, June 2020

Global non-profit initiative 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha has reached a major landmark of 10 years of intensive scholarship, translating and preserving the sacred Tibetan Buddhist Canon. To celebrate the occasion and to raise awareness of the profound significance of this ongoing mission, 84000 is today launching a video and social media campaign featuring the voices of Chinese singer-songwriter Leah Dou and British actress Joanna Lumley.

The Rice Seedling Sutra

Buddhadharma, April 2020

Spoken by the bodhisattva Maitreya, the Rice Seedling Sutra is one of the most important Buddhist sutras on the topic of dependent arising, the basic Buddhist doctrine that everything depends on something else for its existence. Introduction by Rory Lindsay, editor at 84000.

The Words of the Buddha in the Palm of Your Hands

Kuensel Online, December 2018

How an idea sparked off the greatest Buddhist project in modern history… A similar project of this weight took place in Tibet in the 8th century, more than 1,000 years ago, when King Trisong Duetsen launched the translation of the Buddha’s teachings from Sanskrit to Tibetan. It set in motion one of the greatest cultural exchanges the world had ever known at the time, or since.

What’s in a Word? The trials of a major effort to translate Tibetan scripture into English

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, August 2014

Terminology. Syntax. Diction. All words likely to send my mind wandering. And yet there I was, at the conference of 84000: Translating the Words of Buddha, in Bodhgaya, India, in a room full of high lamas and scholars who were convening to determine how to transmit Mahayana teachings to the world. It wasn’t just important. It was fascinating.

The 84000 Story | #SaveWisdomNow

A 10th year video campaign, narrated by Joanna Lumley, 2020

The 84000 Vision

Narrated by Russell Brand, 2014

84000 in One Word

Ten years into our 100-year vision, we’re asking you – our friends, colleagues, and supporters – what is the one word you would use to describe 84000? (2020)

84000 Spotlight

Anniversary Teachings by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on The Miraculous Play of Mañjuśrī

Commemorating the anniversary of Buddha’s birth – and our tenth anniversary translating his words into modern languages – our Founding Chair, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, teaches one of our recently published sūtras, The Miraculous Play of Mañjuśrī. This teaching is in three parts.

Saga Dawa 2020 | A Live Twenty-Four Hour Recitation of The Dedication: Fulfilling All Aspirations

In celebration of Saga Dawa, the birthday of our Founding Chair, and our own tenth anniversary, we held a twenty-four hour live event reciting a recently published text set to music by composer Harry Einhorn, and beautifully produced by Sophie Perks. (2020)

Artist DALeast on Illustrating The Teaching of Vimalakīrti

Usually DALeast’s mesmerizing murals can be found on the sides of buildings and the walls of cities such as New York, Berlin, and Capetown. Hear him speak about expression, street art, and how he began illustrating one of our publications! (2018)

Mingyur Rinpoche on 84000

In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche shares his joy for 84000’s progress, emphasizes three points of importance, and give thanks to all involved… including to our readers! (2016)

For more videos from 84000, please visit our YouTube channel.

Words from our Founding Chair

A Message to Translators

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche pays tribute to Dharma translators and emphasizes on the importance of motivation (2014).

The Significance of Sūtra Resounding Under the Bodhi Tree

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche opens the first English-language sūtra resounding under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, where the Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment (India, 2012).

The First Global Live Resounding

A first-of-its-kind online gathering – of 800 people from over 30 countries – to resound the words of the Buddha begins with opening remarks by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (2015).

On the Tibetan Buddhist Canon

Part Two | The Kangyur: Holy Relic, Time Capsule, or Goldmine? (2021)

Dr. John Canti, 84000 editorial co-director, speaks in conversation with Joie Chen, PhD candidate, Buddhist Studies (Harvard University). Over the course of 90 minutes, Dr. Canti looks more closely at what the Kangyur contains and its continued significance today.

Part One | The Kangyur: Holy Relic, Time Capsule, or Goldmine? (2021)

Dr. John Canti, 84000 editorial co-director, speaks in conversation with Joie Chen, PhD candidate, Buddhist Studies (Harvard University). Over the course of one hour, Dr. Canti places the Kangyur in geographical and historical context, and explains how the Buddhist scriptures found their way to Tibet.

On Buddhist Canons ( Part 1) (2012)

Dr. John Canti (84000 Editorial Chair) and Prof. Peter Skilling (Founder, Fragile Palm Leaves
Foundation) talk to 84000 about Buddhist canons and their histories.

On Buddhist Canons ( Part 2) (2012)

Dr. John Canti (84000 Editorial Chair) and Prof. Peter Skilling (Founder, Fragile Palm Leaves
Foundation) talk to 84000 about Buddhist canons and their histories.

Seminars: Advice from the Tradition (2014)

84000 held a three-day seminar hosting senior scholars from the four schools of Tibetan
Buddhism to discuss the complex issues of translating Tibetan Buddhist texts into English.
This seminar was the first of a series aimed at engaging senior scholars in 84000’s translation and editorial process in order to promote a meaningful exchange between senior scholars, translators and editors on tough issues that arise when translating canonical material.

Sounds of the Buddha

Hearing the words of the Buddha spoken, chanted, or sung aloud can be an inspiring experience for many, especially for those with impaired vision.

Though we are in the nascent phases of exploring how to increase audio accessibility to this wisdom, we nonetheless hope you enjoy the existing offerings on our Soundcloud station.