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 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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Feb 16, 2012

Berzin Archives Work in Progress Report: Week of February 6 to 12, 2012

From my desk in Berlin
From my desk in Berlin

From my desk in Berlin

Through your support, the Berzin Archives website has continued to be the largest provider of authentic, free-of-charge information about Tibetan Buddhism and culture on the Internet. As many readers have expressed interest in our ongoing work and projects, I would like to keep you updated regularly on our work in progress. With an encyclopedic project such as ours, a large volume of new material goes back and forth each week among our over 80 volunteers and paid workers in its various stages of production. With your continuing support and much hard work from our Berzin Archives team, we hope that all these works will be completed and online in the near future.

New English articles online:

  • Acceptance Speech by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Award of an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Jamia Millia Islamia University

New audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2012.02.07): Compassion

New English audio files online:

  • The Role of Ethics on the Path of Social Service (1 part)
  • Why People Are Attracted to Buddhism in the Present World (1 part)

New English audio transcriptions online:

  • The Role of Ethics on the Path of Social Service (1 part)
  • Why People Are Attracted to Buddhism in the Present World (1 part)
  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha Nature (5 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.02.02, 2011.07.26)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.03.21, 2006.04.04)
  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.20)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of Sensitivity Training (1 part)

New German translations online:

  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

German translations sent for editing:

  • Is There a Common Ground between Buddhism and Islam?

New bilingual English-Russian audio files online:

  • The Role of Ethics on the Path of Social Service (1 part)
  • Why People Are Attracted to Buddhism in the Present World (1 part)

Revised Russian translations online:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapters 1 - 2)

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 6)

New Spanish articles online:

  • Stages of Bodhichitta
  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude-Training: Togmey-zangpo Edition with Annotation
  • The Nature of the Mind – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Spanish translations sent for editing:

  • Explanation of The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (6 parts)
  • General Explanation of Seven-Point Attitude-Training (3 parts)

New Polish translations online:

  • Buddhism and Science
  • Renunciation: The Determination To Be Free

Indonesian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Following the Dharma and Avoiding Suffering – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

Articles sent for Indonesian translation:

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet
  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China
  • The Situations of Buddhism and Islam in China, 1996
  • The Relation of the Hui Muslims with the Tibetans and Uighurs, 1996

Edited Italian articles that arrived:

  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering, the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

Italian translations sent for editing:

  • Compassion As the Source of Happiness - His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason - His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes 
  • Scheme for Analyzing the Dynamics of a Relation with a Spiritual Teacher
  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia
  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism
  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Message from Ling Rinpoche
  • Message from Tsenshap Serkong Tulku
  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering, the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

Italian translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism
  • 17 articles from the Homepage, Author, About Us, Help Us, Special Features, and Navigation sections
  • The Life of Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon
  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

Articles sent for Italian translation:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives
  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha
  • The Life of Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon
  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World
  • Inspiration ("Blessings") and Its Relation to Mantras and Oral Transmission
  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching
  • The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma

Tibetan translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)

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