Found in Translation: Translating The Buddha’s Teachings

Did you know that more than 200,000 pages of the Buddha’s teachings have not been translated into modern languages?

Most of this precious advice, spiritual teaching, and insight is still encased in wood block printings in Classical Tibetan. This language is disappearing fast, and fewer and fewer people are able to read and translate it.

84,000: Translating the Words of The Buddha, is a project started by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche that aims to translate all of these invaluable teachings into modern languages.

For today only (Tuesday, 5/6/14), share the post of the video on the 84,000′s FaceBook page and a generous donor will contribute $1 to this vital project.

Check out the video here…

About Chris Lemig

In 2007 I finally came out to family and friends as being gay. After twenty-three years of drug and alcohol addiction, I got sober, picked up a book on Buddhism then promptly bought a plane ticket to India. The Narrow Way is the story of how all that came to be.
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3 Responses to Found in Translation: Translating The Buddha’s Teachings

  1. daniel says:

    you know, Chris, I think it might be better just to sit down, as Buddha did, follow your breath, and find the way—the way he did. beyond words. then you can be Buddha (as you already are) and you can help all persons (as you already may well be doing) and attain peace.
    please forgive my boldness in suggesting this!
    all respect,
    daniel

    • Chris Lemig says:

      Thanks for your advice Daniel!

      Still, I must say that although sitting and watching the breath is an essential part of the path, it is not the only way or method we should follow to liberation. The Buddha himself studied for years under some of the greatest spiritual masters of his time. It was only after he had received the support and instruction of his gurus that he was able to finally cut through all delusion.

      In the same way, I think we should make every effort to rely on qualified teachers and teachings before (and during, and after…) we take our own seats. This way we avoid the risk of mistakenly thinking we have attained any kind of realization when, in fact, we have not.

      Again, thanks for the input and good luck on your own path!

    • Konchog says:

      Chris is correct, and there’s a little more to add. The Buddha taught an eightfold path that can be subsumed into three categories: ethical conduct, concentration (shamatha), and meditation (vipassana), which counteract the three primary poisons of the mind. Sitting and watching the breath is just one of many methods found in the second category. All three are important, interdependent, and do not arise in a confused mind spontaneously. They require ongoing instruction from one who is unconfused, and refinement through practice. The Buddha’s teachings that are being translated here are the most reliable source for the instructions coming from a completely unconfused, and unmistaken, mind.

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