Sep 27, 2017

Berzin Archives Report: July through Sept 2017

The Shanti Stupa, overlooking Leh in Ladkah India
The Shanti Stupa, overlooking Leh in Ladkah India

Over the last three months, our dedicated team has continued working full-steam to make all our material available to you in our beautiful, new, content-rich format. That means moving 6,600 articles from their old format in our archive section to the new format and structure of the main sections – no small feat! But the whole team has faced this challenge with amazing energy and enthusiasm. I am delighted to report that we are now two-thirds of the way through the task!

But that’s not all. Let me share with you what we have accomplished during these three months. We have:

  • Completed the migration process of our six most popular language sections – English, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian. They are now “live” for the public to enjoy, complete with embedded, subtitled video clips, beautiful photos and newly designed charts and diagrams.
  • Uploaded into our content management system the articles from the six other language sections written in Roman or Cyrillic script – French, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Mongolian
  • Edited, formatted and published “live” the first batch of articles from these six languages. By publishing these articles section by section, we get them Google-indexed more quickly and you can then find them more easily.
  • Continued to have more articles and subtitle files translated into our twenty foreign languages
  • Continued to film more interviews with well-known Buddhist teachers and edit more of these video clips, as well as continue creating our educational video course
  • Started promoting some of these videos on our Study Buddhism Facebook page. Since more and more people prefer Facebook and YouTube as their favored channels for information, we are expanding our presence there.
  • Received permission to embed sixteen short video clips of H.H. the Dalai Lama into our website articles. We have already prepared and added the subtitles for these clips in fifteen of our languages.

The most exciting development is that we have established a program of co-operation with the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. The work of the Center is to develop curriculums and programs of SEE Learning (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning), based on universal values. These programs are for implementation in K-12 classes, as well as in higher education. We shall be abbreviating and preparing some of their material for presentation on the Internet and publishing it in the Universal Values section of our website in our various languages. This will serve as a bridge to the Center’s full program. In return, the Center will evaluate the various training programs on our website that might fit their aims, such as “Developing Balanced Sensitivity,” and adapt the appropriate ones for possible inclusion in their programs.

Lots of hard work lies ahead, but with your continuing support, we will accomplish our aim of Making the Wisdom of Tibet Available to All.


Jul 3, 2017

Berzin Archives Report: April through June 2017

Sarnath, India, site of Buddha
Sarnath, India, site of Buddha's first teaching

The 54 talented members of our team, working remotely in 18 countries around the world, have made great progress on our internet project these last three months. We’ve been busy continuing the process of migrating the rest of our material from the old Berzin Archives website structure and format to the new Study Buddhism ones. As more and more articles get published in the multimedia, content-rich style of the new site, our enthusiasm grows as we see the site slowly blossom into its full beautiful state.

Let me share with you some of our recent accomplishments, so you can join us in our enthusiasm. We have:

  • Completed the process of migrating, re-editing, reformatted and published in the new structure and format the remaining English articles from the old structure and format of the archive section and, for search engine purposes, redirected the old urls to the new urls
  • Published 120 new English articles, including both newly written ones and newly edited audio transcripts, bringing the total of English articles in the new structure and format to 1270
  • Published 100 newly translated German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian articles
  • Migrated the remaining 1290 German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian articles into the new website structure and started re-editing, reformatting and publishing them, and redirecting their urls
  • Had translated 202 articles in our remaining 15 language sections
  • Edited and published on YouTube 13 new video interview clips
  • Prepared the English subtitles for 28 new video interview clips     
  • Had translated 527 subtitle files in our 20 non-English languages for our 74 English subtitled interview and educational video clips
  • As part of our educational video series, written and videoed an 8-part course on the History of Buddhism on the Indian Subcontinent, a 4-part course on the History of Buddhism in Southeast Asia and a one-part survey of History of Buddhism in Asia
  • Constructed the French, Italian, Mongolian, Polish, Turkish and Vietnamese sections and uploaded and formatted the interface for them
  • Added a “Switch Languages” function that indicates in each article the other language versions available
  • Upgraded the Content Management System
  • Continued to add illustrations, graphics and charts to many of our articles
  • Added 5 new Tibetan translators, 2 new French translators and 1 new Japanese translator to our team.

Lots more exciting developments lie ahead in the next months. With your continuing support, we will accomplish our aim of Making the Wisdom of Tibet Available to All. 


Apr 26, 2017

More Photos from Bodh Gaya and Latest News

Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodh Gaya, India
Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodh Gaya, India

Global Giving is holding its annual photo contest soon. The winner will receive $1000 for their project. Since we’ve received such a positive response to the photo of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya that our video producer, Matt Linden, recently took, we have decided to enter the contest. Here are two more photos of his that we will submit from that photo shoot in Bodh Gaya.

The voting will take place from 12:00 EDT on May 22 until 12:00 EDT May 26. If the judges choose our photos to be among the finalists, you can vote for us via email through the Global Giving website. If we are chosen as finalists, please tell your friends about it and, if they like the photos, ask them to consider voting for us – anyone can vote. It would be a great help.

Meanwhile, work on our project is proceeding well. The most exciting news is that we have received permission to embed in our articles short video clips of the Dalai Lama speaking about universal values. We are in the process of preparing subtitles for them and having them translated into our various website languages. These will further enrich the articles we already have on the website by the Dalai Lama.

Also, the response was so positive to the 4-part Introduction to Buddhism educational video course that we prepared and which Tricycle Magazine published, that Tricycle has asked us for a contribution for their upcoming History of Buddhism month. We wrote and videoed an 8-part series on the History of Buddhism on the Indian Subcontinent. We are now editing them and preparing the subtitles.

In addition, we have now started our Study Buddhism YouTube channel with all our latest video clips – interviews with some of the most well-known Buddhist teachers, educational courses and animated shorts. You can watch them individually, or enjoy a playlist.

We’ll keep you informed of our further developments. Thanks for your continuing support. With your help, we will be able to continue our steady progress in making the ageless wisdom of Tibet available to all. 

Buddhist monks, Mahabodhi stupa, Bodh Gaya, India
Buddhist monks, Mahabodhi stupa, Bodh Gaya, India


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