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Feb 14, 2012

Berzin Archives Work in Progress Report: January 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.

January 2 – 8, 2012

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.07.03, 2007.07.10, 2007.07.31)
  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2009.12.01, 2010.03.09)
  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (parts 2 - 3)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.10.21)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.07.19)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger
  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practice
  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching
  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapters 4 – 6)

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Advice for Overcoming Self-Cherishing – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

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

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Overview of the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (part 3)

New Portuguese translations online:

  • Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Life
  • History of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

New Arabic articles online:

  • Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

New Urdu translations online:

  • Tibetan Astro Sciences (part 1)
  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

Revised simplified and traditional character Chinese translations online:

  • Appeal for Support
  • Donations
  • Current Budget

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

  • 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)
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters
  • Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • Suggestions Regarding Overseas Dharma Centers
  • Sustainable Development of Western Buddhist Traditions
  • Tulkus’ Conference on Nonsectarianism

Edited Vietnamese translations that arrived:

  • Buddhism and Science
  • Religious Harmony, Compassion, and Islam – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Vietnamese translations sent for editing:

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

January 9 – 15, 2012

New English audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2012.01.10): Mindfulness of Our Mothers' Kindness and Balancing that Kindness

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (part 4)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.08.07, 2007.08.14, 2007.08.21)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.02.14)
  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.11.18, 2008.12.02)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.11.08 onwards)

New Russian translations online:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 3)

Edited Russian translations sent for proofreading:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 4)

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Overview of the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (part 3)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Overview of the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (part 4)

New Portuguese translations online:

  • Secondary Tantric Vows
  • The Terms Hinayana and Mahayana

Portuguese translations sent for editing:

  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (2 parts)

Articles sent for Portuguese translation:

  • Advice for Taking a Tantric Empowerment (Initiation)
  • Visualization
  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the Nature of the Mind – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey  

New French translations online:

  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

Revised Arabic and Urdu translations online:

  • Appeal for Support
  • Donations
  • Current Budget

New Indonesian translations online:

  • Current Situation of Buddhism in the World
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes

New simplified and traditional Chinese translations online:

  • Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Advice on Overcoming Self-Cherishing - Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters
  • The Sources of Happiness According to Buddhism
  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Seven-Part Cause and Effect Guideline for Developing Bodhichitta

Edited Vietnamese translations that arrived:

  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?
  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

Vietnamese translations sent for editing:

  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

January 16 – 22, 2012

New English audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2012.01.17): Gratitude for Motherly Kindness

New English audio transcriptions online:

  • Elaboration of “Is There a Common Ground between Buddhism and Islam?” with Discussion (1 part)
  • Sectarianism within Buddhism (1 part)
  • Main Points Concerning Meditation (2 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.09.11)
  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.01.05, 2010.03.16, 2010.09.07, 2011.02.15, 2011.07.19)
  • The Relevance of Buddhism in the Modern World (2 parts)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Weekly course on Tsongkhapa’s Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.12.09, 2008.12.16)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.02.21)
  • Recognizing Some Basic Features of Mental Activity (1 part)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2011.02.15 – 2011.06.21)
  • Working with the Mental Factors in Daily Life (3 parts)

Transcriptions of English audio files sent for proofreading:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 4)

Edited Russian translations sent for proofreading:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 5)

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Overview of the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (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 5)

New Portuguese translations online:

  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (2 parts)

New simplified and traditional Chinese translations online:

  • Actions for Training from Taking Safe Direction (Refuge)

Chinese translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Actions for Training from the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhichitta
  • Common Root Tantric Vows
  • Factors Involved in Transgressing Tantric Vows
  • Auxiliary Bonding Practices
  • Common Bonding Practices for the Buddha-Families

January 23 – 29, 2012

New English audio files recorded, edited and online:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2012.01.24): Love

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Weekly Course: Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim) (2010.01.12, 2011.02.22, 2011.03.01)

Transcriptions of English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • The Relevance of Buddhism in the Modern World (2 parts)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2007.03.13)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Elaboration of “If Rebirth Is Beginningless, Why Haven’t We All Become Enlightened Already?” (4 parts)
  • Weekly course on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (2006.02.28)

New German articles online:

  • Visualization

German translations sent for editing:

  • Advice for Taking a Tantric Empowerment (Initiation)
  • Background for Attending a Kalachakra Initiation
  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships
  • Inspiration (“Blessings”) and Its Relation to Mantras and Oral Transmission
  • Examining Karma after 9/11 (3 parts)
  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the True Nature of the Mind – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Question Sessions with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Concerning the Kalachakra Initiation (4 parts)
  • The Life of the Buddha as Pieced Together from the Pali Canon
  • Vajrasattva Purification: The Basics

New Russian translations online:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 5)

Polish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

New simplified and traditional character Chinese translations online:

  • Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (8 parts)

Vietnamese translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Paraphrase of Gungtang Rinpoche’s Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

Edited Vietnamese translations that arrived:

  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism      

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