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Berzin Archives Work in Progress Report: December 2011

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.

Week of November 28 – December 4, 2011

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • The Main Points of Meditation (part 1)
  • Recognizing Some Basic Features of Mental Activity (1 part)

Proofread transcriptions of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.07.01, 2008.07.08)

Edited transcripts of English audio files that arrived and will need copyediting:

  • Discourse on the Graded Stages of the Path, Based on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (parts 8-12)

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • A Brief History of Dorjey-drag Monastery

Russian transcriptions of bilingual English-Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Developing Our Buddha-Nature Factors through Sutra and Tantra (part 4)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Overview of the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text on Gelug/Kagyu Mahamudra (part 2)

New Spanish translations online:

  • The Life of the Buddha as Pieced Together from the Pali Canon

New Portuguese translations online:

  • An Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Application to Life (parts 4-5)

New French translations online:

  • Examining Karma Immediately after 9/11 (part 3)

French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

New Urdu translations online:

  • Brief History of Dzogchen
  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching
  • The Purpose and Benefits of Debate
  • Tibet-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

New simplified and traditional character Chinese translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (introduction and chapters 1 - 20)

Edited simplified and traditional character Chinese translations that arrived and were sent for copyediting:

  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the Nature of the Mind
  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practice
  • The Buddhist Concept of Merit: Does Happiness Need To Be Earned?
  • Dealing with Jealousy
  • Developing Ethical Self-Discipline
  • Handling Fear
  • Introduction to Voidness and Mental Labeling
  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger

Chinese translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • The Sources of Happiness According to Buddhism
  • Seven-Part Cause and Effect Guideline for Developing Bodhichitta
  • Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Advice on Overcoming Self-Cherishing - Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Actions for Training from Taking Safe Direction (Refuge)
  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters

Edited Vietnamese translations that arrived:

  • 24 articles from the Homepage, Author, About Us, Help Us, Special Features, and Navigation sections

Vietnamese translations sent for editing:

  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

Week of December 5 – 11, 2011

New audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.12.06): The Importance of Compassion, plus the First Steps for Developing Equanimity

New English audio files online:

  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (4 parts)

English audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Recognizing Some Basic Features of Mental Activity (1 part)

Bilingual English-Latvian audio files sent for English audio editing:

  • Overview of Sensitivity Training (1 part)
  • Working with Our Mental Factors in Daily Life (3 parts)

New transcripts of English audio files online:

  • Developing Our Buddha-Nature Factors through Sutra and Tantra (4 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2009.11.10, 2010.03.02)
  • The Main Points of Meditation (part 2)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.03.27)

Edited transcripts of English audio files that arrived and will need copyediting:

  • Opening Our Hearts Out to Others and to Ourselves (8 parts)
  • Discourse on the Graded Stages of the Path, Based on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (parts 8-12)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (4 parts)
  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.12.14)

Proofread transcriptions of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.07.15, 2008.07.29)

New bilingual English-German audio files online:

  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (4 parts)

German translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Question Sessions with H.H. the Dalai Lama Concerning the Kalachakra Initiation (4 parts)

New Russian translations online:

  • A Brief History of Dorje-drag Monastery
  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (Introductory Note on the Translation, chapters 1-2)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching
  • Question Sessions with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Concerning the Kalachakra Initiation (4 parts)

Portuguese translations sent for editing:

  • Secondary Tantric Vows
  • Introductory History of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon
  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (2 parts)

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • The Life of the Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon

Chinese translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • Discerning and Stabilizing Meditations (Analytical and Formal Meditations)
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?

Edited Vietnamese translations that arrived:

  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

Vietnamese translations sent for editing:

  • The Life of Atisha

Week of December 12 – 18, 2011

New English audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.12.13): Equanimity

New edited English audio files online:

  • Overview of Sensitivity Training (1 part)
  • Recognizing the Basic Factors of Mental Activity (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2009.11.17)
  • Weekly course on Dharmarakshita’s Wheel of Sharp Weapons (2006.01.23)
  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (part 1)

Proofread transcriptions of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.08.05, 2008.08.26)
  • Voidness and Creativity (1 part)
  • Main Points Concerning Meditation (2 parts)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:        

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.09.09, 2008.09.16, 2008.09.23, 2008.10.07, 2008.10.14, 2008.10.21, 2008.11.18, 2008.12.02, 2008.12.09, 2008.12.16)

New Arabic translations online:

  • A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)
  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering, the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • What Is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth
  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments
  • Paraphrase of Gungtang Rinpoche’s Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • The Life of Atisha
  • The Life of Buddha as Pieced Together from the Pali Sources

Vietnamese translations sent for editing:

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin
  • The Buddhist View of Other Religions

Articles sent for Vietnamese translation:

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

Tibetan translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Address to the Monks of Ganden, Drepung and Sera about Buddhism in Foreign Countries

Week of December 19 – 25, 2011

New English audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.12.20): Awareness of Everyone As Your Mother

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2009.11.24, 2010.12.14)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.09.17, 2007.04.03, 2007.05.15, 2007.05.23)

Proofread transcriptions of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.09.09, 2008.09.16, 2008.09.23)

Revised English articles online:

  • Appeal for Support
  • Donations

Revised German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Indonesian translations online:

  • Appeal for Support
  • Donations
  • Current Budget

Articles sent for German translation:

  • The Yoga of the Spiritual Master Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

New Polish translations online:

  • Preliminaries for Meditation or Study: the Seven-Limb Practice

Russian translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • The Compassionate Heart of Bodhichitta

New Arabic translations online:

  • Brief History of Katog Monastery
  • Brief History of Dorjey-drag Monastery
  • Brief History of Mindrol-ling Monastery

New simplified and traditional character Chinese articles online:

  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the Nature of the Mind
  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practice
  • The Buddhist Concept of Merit: Does Happiness Need To Be Earned?
  • Dealing with Jealousy
  • Developing Ethical Self-Discipline
  • Handling Fear

Vietnamese translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

Italian translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai lama
  • Message from Ling Rinpoche
  • Message from Tsenshap Serkong Tulku
  • 6 further articles from the Homepage, Author, About Us, Help Us, Special Features, and Navigation sections

Articles sent for Tibetan translation:

  • Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)

Week of December 26, 2011 – January 1, 2012

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.05.29, 2007.06.05, 2007.06.19, 2007.06.26)
  • Weekly course on Dharmarakshita’s Wheel of Sharp Weapons (2006.01.30)

Proofread English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.10.07, 2008.10.14)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.02.07)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • The Relevance of Buddhism in the Modern World (2 parts)
  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.09.07 to 2010.12.07)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.02.07 to 2006.04.11)

Urdu translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Life of the Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (summary, abridged and full versions)
  • Survey of Tibetan History (4 parts)

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