“Bhikṣus, whoever sees dependent arising sees the Dharma.<br/>Whoever sees the Dharma sees the Buddha.”- The Buddha, The Rice Seedling [1.3]
Issue 31 | April 2018
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The Rice Seedling: In this sūtra, at the request of venerable Śāriputra, the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya elucidates a very brief teaching on dependent arising that the Buddha had given earlier that day while gazing at a rice seedling.

The 2018 call for translation grant proposals is currently open! All interested translators, please send in your proposals by July 15th.


The Rice Seedling and its Fruit

84000 is particularly pleased to have completed the translation and publication of The Rice Seedling, one of the most important sūtras on the topic of dependent arising. Meet translator Do Tulku as he gives a charming welcome to the text, which he thinks of as a bridge between the two main schools of Buddhism. Though it has many different versions, translations, and commentaries in several different languages, it is the 84000 edition that was used for recent teachings by H. H. Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India.

Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche on Translation

Having spent much of his childhood in the United States, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche has a special appreciation for and understanding of the needs of Western students of Buddhism. He learned from his grandfather, the late H.H. Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche, that “although students in the West don’t usually show outward faith like we are used to in Asia, they ask very challenging questions.“ Learn more about Rinpoche’s view of the importance of translation, Buddhism, and 84000, as shared at a recent gathering in Hong Kong.

Artist DALeast on Sūtra Illustration

Meet Chinese artist DALeast, illustrator for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s commentary on the Teaching of Vimalakīrti, and learn about his interest in street artistry, why he doesn’t necessarily like the term, and how this particular art form lends itself to the Buddhist practice of non-attachment. Suggesting that the illustrations don’t immediately “look like one person’s work,” DALeast shares how drawing for the text got him out of his comfort zone and was a teaching in itself.


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