Make the Ageless Wisdom of Tibet Available to All

 
$166,437
$33,563
Raised
Remaining
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.”

Links:


Attachments:
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.

Links:


Attachments:
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.

Links:


Attachments:
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)

Links:

Feb 15, 2012

Berzin Archives Work in Progress Report: Week of January 30 to February 5, 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 audio files online:

  • Nonviolence and Spiritual Values in the Modern World (1 part)
  • How to Live and Work in a Multireligious Society (1 part)
  • The Bases for Ethical Behavior (1 part)
  • The Importance of Love, Compassion and Bodhichitta (1 part)

New English audio transcriptions online:

  • How to Live and Work in Harmony in a Multireligious Society (1 part)
  • Nonviolence and Spiritual Values in the Modern World (1 part)
  • The Bases for Ethical Behavior (1 part)
  • The Importance of Love, Compassion and Bodhichitta (1 part)
  • Tantra As a Method for Spiritual Development (1 part)
  • Cognizing the Voidness (Emptiness) of the Self in Terms of the Five Aggregates (3 parts)
  • Recognizing the Basic Factors of Mental Activity (1 part)
  • Voidness and Creativity (1 part)
  • Shambhala: Myths and Reality (1 part)
  • Nirvana and Enlightenment (1 part)
  • Becoming Convinced of Rebirth: A Personal Story (1 part)
  • The Relevance of Buddhism in the Modern World (1 part)
  • Introduction to Mind and Mental Factors (4 parts)
  • Interview for Buddhism in Kalmykia Concerning the Revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia (1 part)
  • Interview with Alex Berzin on Serkong Rinpoche (1 part)
  • Interview with Alan Turner on Serkong Rinpoche (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.01.26, 2010.03.23, 2011.11.08)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.03.07, 2006.03.14)
  • The Relevance of Buddhism in the Modern World (2 parts)
  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.06, 2009.01.13)

Transcriptions of English audio files that were sent for proofreading:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.20, 2009.01.27, 2009.02.03, 2009.02.10, 2009.02.17, 2009.02.24, 2009.03.03, 2009.03.31)

New bilingual English-Russian audio files online:

  • Nonviolence and Spiritual Values in the Modern World (1 part)
  • How to Live and Work in a Multireligious Society (1 part)
  • The Bases for Ethical Behavior (1 part)
  • The Importance of Love, Compassion and Bodhichitta (1 part)

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practice

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Introductory Lecture on Karma
  • A Brief History of Tsurpu Monastery
  • Feeding and Taming the Demon of Fear

Spanish translations sent for editing:

  • Milarepa Songs of Nonattachment to Family, Friends and Wealth – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • The Nature of the Mind – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai lama
  • Stages of Bodhichitta
  • Seven-Point Attitude Training, Togemy-zangpo Edition with Annotation

Portuguese translations sent for editing:

  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the Nature of the Mind – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey  

New Polish translations online:

  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practice

New Indonesian translations online:

  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching
  • The Purpose and Benefits of Debate – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II
  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia
  • The Terms Hinayana and Mahayana
  • The Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India
  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

Articles sent for Indonesian translation:

  • Following the Dharma and Avoiding Suffering – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

Articles sent for Italian translation:

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

Links:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Alexander Berzin

Berlin, Berlin Germany

Where is this project located?