By translating and making available the Tibetan Buddhist texts to modern people, a vast swath of Buddhist civilization and culture may be saved from annihilation.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Our Story

It is with deep admiration and appreciation that we acknowledge Khyentse Foundation for all their efforts in sponsoring and organizing the historic “Translating the Words of the Buddha” Conference in March 2009, from which 84000 was born.

Initiated by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the conference brought together more than 50 of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers, translators, and academics to discuss the importance of translating Buddhist canons, with particular focus on the challenges of translating the Tibetan Buddhist Canon. Over a week of lively and stimulating discussion, the participants recognized that less than 5% of the Tibetan Buddhist canon (Kangyur and Tengyur) had been translated into any modern language. Yet, many of the tradition’s learned masters and scholars – who are capable of accurately interpreting the texts – are already in their old age, or have passed away. This sense of urgency coupled with the grand vision became hugely motivating factors in establishing a collaborative and open project to collectively undertake the translation of the Tibetan Buddhist canon into modern languages.

84000 officially launched in 2010 as a project of Khyentse Foundation—and at the participants’ urging led by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche—with the following 100-year mission:

  • To translate and publish the Kangyur within 25 years (70,000 pages); and
  • To translate and publish the Tengyur within 100 years (161,800 pages)
  • To make these translations freely and universally accessible

For the next three years, it was Khyentse Foundation’s dedication and stewardship that nurtured 84000 into a full-fledged project. Thanks to their support, 84000 matured to independence in June 2013 as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an independent board chaired by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. At the time of its independence, 84000 received financial support amounting to US$5.4 million from the Foundation.

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With the help of our 108 founding sponsors and thousands of individual donors, we provide funding to the translators who are working to safeguard these important teachings for future generations.

70000Kangyur pages to be translated
21397Pages translated
14977Pages in translation