From my desk in Berlin
The most exciting new development of the last three months is our hiring of a Project Developer to begin work on the 3.0 version of the Berzin Archives web site, www.berzinarchives.com. This upgrade will transform the web site from primarily a reference source to a modern online educational tool. We hope to be able to provide, in each of our language sections, individualized study programs that will suit the interests and needs of each user. We also hope to make full use of the enormous opportunities that the fast-growing range of social media offers for reaching as wide an audience as possible.
Preparation of the upgrade will be a long and challenging process, but we have taken the first step. We are presently conducting an extensive diagnostic of the current use of the web site and analyzing the data to determine how to optimize access and use of its current functions. I shall keep you informed as this exciting adventure unfolds.
In addition to this new development, we have continued working to expand the content of the Berzin Archives web site in almost all of our language sections, as well as in our audio and video departments. You can read all the details in the attached file. In addition to the current seventeen languages online and three in preparation (Hindi, Tibetan and Persian), we have begun work on our twenty-first language, Western Punjabi. This is the form of Punjabi used in Pakistan and written in the Arabic script. We have added this language at the strong request of our Urdu translator, who pointed out that although Urdu is the official language of Pakistan, studied by almost everyone in the country, it is the mother tongue of only 7% of the population. Punjabi is, in fact, the most widely spoken language there. Worldwide, it is the native language of over 100 million people. Therefore, in keeping with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s encouragement to reach out to the Muslim world, we are happy to add this audience to our goal of “Making the Ageless Wisdom of Tibet Available to All.” Thank you for your continuing support in making this possible.