| Mar 4, 2021
Berzin Archives Report: December 2020 through February 2021
By Dr. Alexander Berzin | Founder and Author of Berzin Archives
A Tibetan man doing prostrations in Amdo.
Over the winter, we’ve been hard at work here at Study Buddhism as we wrapped up 2020 and headed into 2021. Despite the extraordinary year 2020 was, our website and social media channels saw considerable success, thanks to the efforts of more than 80 people across the globe. We hope to continue this in 2021, which we start with some good news: the launch of a new language section, Hebrew. Adding Hebrew to Study Buddhism is an important step in bringing the Buddhist teachings to a wider audience and bridging the gaps of misunderstanding between different faiths. This brings Study Buddhism’s content to the world in a total of 32 languages.
As we continue to broaden the scope of our horizons, we’ve released our second interview from Dharma Drum Mountain, with Venerable Chang Zao. Venerable Chang Zao is the Head Nun of Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia, and provided excellent insight into Chan meditation, the concept of karma, and how to find meaning in life. These videos have thus far proven to be very popular. Then, we released 13 videos from our interview with Geshe Dorji Damdul, a distinguished Buddhist scholar who is the Director at Tibet House, New Delhi, the Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his interview, he looks at the modern education system, as well as the connection between science and Buddhism, in particular quantum physics and the tenet systems. Next up, we will release an interview with Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Bön tradition and the abbot of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India.
We are excited to announce the release of two new series of articles covering Tibetan medicine and astrology in our Advanced Studies/ History & Culture section. This valuable material has been made available from our archives, transcribed and edited from lectures given by Dr. Berzin at the Library of Medicine of the Ministry of Health of the U.S.S.R. in 1990.
Altogether, our translators and editors have prepared over 400 new articles and over 460 new subtitle files, working out to almost 10 new translations completed every single day, up 50% from the same period the year before. On our YouTube channel, we’ve published 24 short videos taken from 2 interviews, also preparing for them subtitles in our various languages. As part of the ongoing process to make the website user-friendly, our English editors have copyedited more than 80 articles, making them more concise and easier to read. You’ll find all the details in the bulleted list below.
Here are some of our accomplishments over these last three months:
- Preparation and creation of a Hebrew section on the website, bringing the total number of language sections to 32
- Preparation and publication of 401 translations into our various languages
- Translation and addition of 461 subtitle files
- Copyediting of 83 English transcripts and files
- Transcription of 35 English audio files
- Transcription of 14 Tibetan audio files
- Publication of 4 English articles on Tibetan medicine
- Publication of 10 English articles on Tibetan astrology
- Addition of text versions to our 12 guided meditation audios
- Editing of 9 videos of our interview with Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Bön tradition and the abbot of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India
- Editing 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
- Subtitling and addition to the Study Buddhism YouTube channel of the above-mentioned interview clips with Geshe Dorji Damdul
- 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
- Subtitling and addition to the Study Buddhism YouTube channel of the above-mentioned interview clips with Venerable Chang Zao
- Automation of the weekly updating of the statistics on the About Us page and adjustment of its format for the different language sections
- Expansion of the glossary search feature to include the ability to search for Tibetan, Sanskrit and Pali terms
- Addition of multimedia icons on hub pages for articles that have audio and/or video files embedded in them
- Improvement of the internal links and redirect functions
- Upgrading of software on our server.
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.”