84000 eNews Issue 11 | December 2012
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Reading Room
Learn how to use the Reading Room and how to download the translations in PDF format.
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New Translations and Page Drive
This year closes with the funding of a new batch of translations, bringing the number of pages commissioned for translation to a cumulative total of 10,000 pages (15% of the Kangyur). Approximately 100 pages have been published in our online Reading Room (read.84000.co), and the next 500 pages are being prepared for publication.

To support the translations, 84000 launched its first formal page sponsorship drive this Fall. During the eight-week drive, 124 people sponsored a total of 185 pages, 42 of which were dedicated to 17 spiritual teachers and organizations. Read more

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Sūtra Resounding in Bodhgaya
On the evening of October 28, 2012, a large gathering assembled under the canopied branches of the bodhi tree—the very place of the Buddha's awakening—to read his words aloud in English.

The evening began with an opening address by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, followed by opening prayers and the actual reading of sūtras led by Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche.

Adopting the style of a traditional resounding, participants read the sūtras at their own pace, against a choral backdrop of other voices reading aloud. Read more
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A Brief History of Buddhist Canons
Why do buddhist canons in different languages contain different texts? What led to the loss of the Sanskrit texts? To what extent have the Chinese and Tibetan translations preserved what was lost in Sanskrit?

84000 posed these oft-asked questions to Prof. Peter Skilling and Dr. John Canti, who offer expertise from decades of dedication to translation and buddhist scholarship. Bringing societal, inter-cultural and geographical aspects into context, their answers retrace the evolution of what is commonly known as “buddhist canons”. Read more
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