“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)