| Nov 30, 2020
Berzin Archives Report: September through November 2020
By Dr. Alexander Berzin | Founder and Author of Berzin Archives
The Buddhist grottoes at Lingyin Temple, Hangzhou
We’ve had another busy and productive three months here at Study Buddhism. As we approach the end of the year, we have started to look back to see what we’ve achieved so far, as well as how we can improve in the future. We are happy that, despite the extraordinary year the world has experienced, we have continued to work hard at developing our website and bringing the Dharma to our readers, viewers, and listeners across the globe.
We’ve also worked to broaden the scope of our horizons. This quarter, we’ve released our first interview with a Muslim teacher, in this case, Dr Imtiyaz Yusuf. Dr Yusuf is Associate Professor and coordinator of the Islam and Buddhism Program at The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and provided interesting insight into Islamic-Buddhist relations in a series of videos which have proven very popular. We have also prepared for release our second interview from Dharma Drum Mountain, one of the world’s largest Chinese Chan Buddhist organizations. We premiered Abbot Guo Huei’s interview back in the summer, and soon we’ll be ready to release the interview videos of Venerable Chang Zao, the Director of Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia.
As usual, our teams of translators have been busy translating content into our 30 languages, producing a stunning average of 11 translations every single day, with the number of subtitle files translated up more than 100% compared to the same period in 2019. All of this is having a positive effect with visitors, both to our Studybuddhism website and our various social media channels, continuing to grow. Our YouTube channel recently surpassed 21,000 subscribers, and every day we inch closer to 50,000 followers on Facebook. You’ll find more details in the bulleted list below.
Here are some of our accomplishments over these last three months:
- Translation and addition of 584 new articles
- Translation and addition of 440 subtitle files
- Copyediting of 75 English articles
- Transcription of 10 audio files
- Adjustment and expansion of tagging feature for articles
- Program, design and addition in the English section of a pop-up window feature with definitions of technical terms
- Program, design and addition of team photos and statistics feature on the About Us pages
- Creation of a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plan
- Implementation of SEO recommendations for redirects for external links
- Improvement of the management of our hosting server and database
- Design and creation of a new, updated About Us page, featuring photo sections for our main staff and teams of translators
- Design and construction of statistics icons on the About Us page, providing a clear overview of our content and followers across the website and social media
- Search Engine Optimization improvements of backlinks for the old Berzin Archives website
- Editing of 13 videos of an interview with Tashi Mannox, acclaimed Dharma artist and Tibetan calligraphy expert.
- Subtitling and addition to the Study Buddhism YouTube channel of the above-mentioned interview clips with Tashi Mannox.
- Subtitling of 13 videos of our interview with Geshe Dorji Damdul, a distinguished Buddhist scholar, who is currently serving as the director of Tibet House, the Cultural Centre of H.H. the Dalai Lama, based in New Delhi, India.
- Editing of 11 videos of an interview held at Drum Drum Mountain Taiwan with Venerable Chang Zao, a Chan Buddhist nun and the Director of Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia.
- The transcription of the above-mentioned interview, which was in Chinese, and the translation of this text into English.
- The creation of Chinese and English subtitles for the above-mentioned interview with Venerable Chang Zao.
- Releasing on our YouTube channel of 9 videos of an interview with Dr Imtiyaz Yusuf, Associate Professor and coordinator of the Islam and Buddhism Program at The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
All of this hard work is made possible by your continuing generous support. Together, we shall “Make the Ageless Wisdom of Tibet Available to All.”