Berzin Archives e.V.

Berzin Archives e.V., as a free information provider, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of academic teaching and reference material, in written, audio and video formats, produced by Dr. Alexander Berzin to preserve the cultural and religious traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Apr 26, 2012

Berzin Archives Update, March 26 to April 22. 2012

From my desk in Berlin
From my desk in Berlin

This past month has seen us continuing to expand our website with some exciting new developments.  From October 26, 1999 to January 31, 2006, I taught a weekly course on Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (Bodhicharyavatara) in Berlin, Germany. There were 276 ninety-minute classes – that’s 414 hours of teaching, probably one of the most extensive courses given on this text in the West. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, “If one needed to choose one text that best represented the Buddhist teachings, it would be Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior.” 

Over the years, we have been collecting and digitizing the audio tapes of this course, making separate bilingual English-German and English-only audio versions, and transcribing the lectures in English. We have just finished taking stock of what we have done so far and what is left to do before we can present this material online.

We are dividing the course into two parts. Of the 276 classes, 85 covered the first eight chapters of the text, and 191 covered the ninth chapter on voidness and the tenth chapter dedication prayer. We have found the tapes from almost all of the classes – 75 from the first part and 187 from the second. Due to the poor quality of the recordings of the first eight chapters, we have decided to present online only the English transcripts for them. We’ve done 68 so far, so only 7 more to go. For the voidness and dedication chapters, we’ve already digitized 143 tapes and transcribed 102. That leaves 44 more to digitize and 85 more to transcribe. With your continuing support, we can now organize the remaining work needed for bringing this unprecedented detailed explanation of this text to the world.

Our eleven foreign language sections already online are continuing to grow at a fast rate. This month, we have started work on a new Turkish section, so now we are preparing four additional language divisions: Turkish, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Italian. That makes sixteen! If you would like to see a detailed list of our week-to-week progress, please take a look at the enclosed file.

Thank you once more for your continuing support.  With your help, we can indeed “make the ageless wisdom of Tibet available to all.”

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Apr 25, 2012

The Matching Funds Grant for Berzin Archives Has Been Extended and Expanded

From my desk in Berlin
From my desk in Berlin

From my desk in Berlin

Great news! The Omidyar Global Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation has generously offered to extend and expand their matching funds grant. They will match for a full year the first 25 NEW MONTHLY DONATIONS 2-for-1 made here through GlobalGiving. All such donations from US residents are tax deductible. In addition, for a limited time, the Fund will continue to match all one-time donations 1-for-1.

Continuing growth of our online material requires a sustainable, predictable flow of donations so that we can safely hire more staff. A monthly commitment is the best way to help us meet this goal. With the enclosed report of the details of what we have accomplished in the last six weeks, you can see what our present staff is able to produce. But with your support, so much more could be done.

Our vision requires a large group effort. One way for you to get more involved is to tell your friends and family about us through your social networks and blogs. Share with them the opportunity to make their donations go even further through our new matching funds grant.

Thank you.

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Mar 1, 2012

Berzin Archives Trimonthly Report: December 2011 through February 2012

From my desk in Berlin
From my desk in Berlin

From my desk in Berlin

Through your kind support during the first three months of our GlobalGiving campaign, we have made great progress with the Berzin Archives website www.berzinarchives.com, both in its contents and its number of visits. In addition to preparing and publishing online further material in each of our 12 language sections currently online, we have continued work on our future Italian and Vietnamese sections. Most excitingly, we have begun work on a colloquial Tibetan section. This will not only make our material available to the Tibetan community, but will help with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wish to preserve the Tibetan language and culture among the Tibetans themselves. We have also been expanding our audio sections, and have started work on adding a video section as well.

On the technical side, our web developer, Christian Steinert, has upgraded and further simplified the code for the content management system that handles and produces the web site. Our system manages nearly 20,000 items in order to enable our 3,850 individual articles and audio files to reach the world. He has also been preparing the system to handle video material.

You can find the statistics for these three months in the attached document. Thank you once more for your continuing support, making all this possible.

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