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Work in Progress: Second Quarter 2008

Alexander Berzin

30 June 2008

New English articles online:

  • Milarepa Songs of Nonattachment to Family, Friends, and Wealth – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to the True Nature of the Mind – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • A Maitreya Prayer for Future Lives – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • A Survey of Tibetan History (chapter 1: The Empire of the Early Kings of Tibet)
  • A Survey of Tibetan History (chapter 2: The Struggle for Religious Survival after the Fall of the Tibetan Empire)
  • A Survey of Tibetan History (chapter 3: Tibetan Lamas and Mongol Patrons)
  • A Survey of Tibetan History (chapter 4: The Pagmodru, Rinpung, and Tsangpa Hegemonies)
  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

New English audio files recorded:

  • The Nature of Mental Appearances – Gelug Explanation (9 parts)

English audio files sent for transcription:

  • Compassion as the Source of Happiness – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • How to Deal with Negative Emotions – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Nature of the Mind – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Finding Inner Peace and Fulfillment – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • What Is the “Self,” Does the “Self” Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

English transcriptions sent for editing:

  • Commentary on Namkapel’s Attitude-Training Like the Rays of the Sun – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (6 parts)

New German translations online:

  • The Sixteen Aspects and Sixteen Distorted Ways of Embracing the Four Noble Truths

Completed German translations sent for editing:

  • The Eight Branches of an Arya Pathway Mind

Revised German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapters 6-7)

Completed French translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

Articles sent for French translation:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

23 June 2008

New English articles online:

  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

Online English articles revised:

  • The Abbreviated Points of the Graded Path – Tsongkhapa

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Introduction to the Mind and Mental Factors (part 1)
  • Meditation for Recognizing the Five Aggregates (part 7)

English transcriptions sent for editing:

  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Milarepa Songs of Nonattachment to Family, Friends, and Wealth – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to the True Nature of the Mind – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

English audio files sent for transcription:

  • Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (7 parts)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 2)

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Dharma in Daily Life
  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

Completed Swedish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives
  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

Articles sent for Swedish translation:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia
  • The Current Situation of Buddhism in the World
  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions
  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths
  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times
  • Religious Harmony, Compassion, and Islam
  • Approaches to the Dharma – Intellectual, Emotional, and Devotional
  • "Dharma-Lite" Versus "The Real Thing" Dharma
  • Avoiding Confusion in the Spiritual Student-Teacher Relationship
  • Scheme for Analyzing the Dynamics of a Relation with a Spiritual Teacher

16 June 2008

New English audio files online:

  • Incorrect Consideration and Voidness (7 parts)

Digitized English reading notes editing completed:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 4)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Introduction to the Mind and Mental Factors (4 parts)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 5)

Completed German translations being edited:

  • Happiness: An In-depth Analysis of Its Role in Sutra and Tantra (3 parts)

New Russian translations online:

  • A Brief History of Nalendra Monastery
  • A Brief History of Gyumay and Gyuto Lower and Upper Tantric Colleges
  • A Brief History of Labrang Monastery
  • A Brief History of Sakya Monastery
  • The Origin of the Yellow Hat Worn by Monks in the Gelug Tradition

Articles sent for French translation:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

Completed Italian translations that were sent for editing:

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin
  • Approaches to the Dharma – Intellectual, Emotional, and Devotional
  • Dharma in Daily Life
  • "Dharma-Lite" Versus "The Real Thing" Dharma
  • A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes
  • Avoiding Confusion in the Spiritual Student-Teacher Relationship
  • Scheme for Analyzing the Dynamics of a Relation with a Spiritual Teacher
  • Advice from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on Teaching Lam-rim
  • Lam-rim Structured According to the Four Noble Truths
  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering, the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I
  • Bon and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Introductory Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon
  • Basic Features of Tantra
  • Introductory History of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

9 June 2008

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of A Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (8 parts)

Digitized English reading notes editing completed:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 3)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Gelug Definitions of Affirmation and Negation Phenomena

Articles sent for German translation:

  • Affirmations, Negations, and Denumerable and Nondenumerable Ultimate Phenomena

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (preface, chapter 1)

Completed Swedish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Buddhism in Daily Life

Articles sent for Swedish translation:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

Articles sent for Italian translation:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

2 June 2008

New English articles online:

  • Basic Tenets of the Nyaya and Vaisheshika Schools of Indian Buddhism
  • Basic Tenets of the Samkhya and Yoga Schools of Indian Buddhism

Online English articles revised:

  • In Praise of Dependent Arising – Tsongkhapa

New English audio files online:

  • Overview of Tantra (7 parts)

Digitized English reading notes editing completed:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 1-2)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Meditation for Recognizing the Five Aggregates (parts 5-6)

English transcriptions sent for editing:

  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

New Russian translations online:

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World
  • Advice from H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on Teaching Lam-rim
  • Approaches to the Dharma – Intellectual, Emotional, and Devotional

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (20 chapters)
  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala
  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Articles sent for Swedish translation:

  • Buddhism in Daily Life

26 May 2008

New English articles online:

  • Introductory Comparison of Hinayana and Mahayana
  • Comparison of the Hinayana and Mahayana Assertions of the Understandings of Voidness by Arhats and Buddhas

Digitized English reading notes that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 8)

 New German translations online:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapters 3 – 4)
  • Overview of the Gelug Monastic Education System – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 4)

 Revised German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapters 1-5)

 Articles sent for German translation:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 5)

 German translations sent for revision:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapter 5)
  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (preface and chapter 1)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 6-7)

19 May 2008

New English audio files online:

  • Introduction to the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths in Sutra and Tantra (2 parts)
  • Buddha-Nature and the Clear Light Mind
  • Voidness Meditation in Kalachakra Practice
  • The Life of Tsongkhapa
  • Elaboration of the Special Features of the Gelug Tradition (2 parts)

Transcription of English audio files that arrived and will need editing

  • Overview of Uttaratantra (The Furthest Everlasting Continuum) (6 parts)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 5)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

Completed and edited Spanish translations that arrived:

  • Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths (part 2)

12 May 2008

Digitized English reading notes that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 7)
  • Pinks, Elizabeth. “Die Uiguren von Kan-chou in der frühen Sung-Zeit (960-1028)”
  • Weiers, Michael. “Das Khanat Tschaghatai”

New German translations online:

  • A Deluded Outlook toward a Transitory Network
  • Guidelines from the Mongolian Experience for Translating Tibetan Buddhist Texts
  • Kalachakra Does Not Advocate or Predict an Actual World Armageddon

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapter 3)
  • The Sensitivity Handbook: Training Materials for Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapters 1-10)

Articles for German translation:

  • The Nature of Time as a Temporal Interval
  • What Does a Buddha Know in Knowing the Past, Present, and Future (6 parts)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 5)
  • Basic Scheme of the Five Aggregate Factors of Experience

Completed and edited Polish translations that arrived:

  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

Completed and edited Spanish translations that arrived:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

5 May 2008

New features made available:

  • RSS feed option available for being informed of new items in the English, German, or Russian sections
  • Option for downloading the entire website for personal use

Digitized English articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • A Discourse on Namkapel’s Rays of the Sun Attitude-Training – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (4 parts)

 Digitized English reading notes that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 6)

 English reading notes sent for digitizing:

  • Pinks, Elizabeth. "Die Uiguren von Kan-chou in der frühen Sung-Zeit (960-1028)"

 New German translations online:

  • Text of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapters 1-2)
  • The Sixty-two Wrong Views

New Russian translations online:

  • Guidelines from the Mongolian Experience for Translating Tibetan Buddhist Texts

 Completed and edited Portuguese translations that arrived:

  • Paraphrase of Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

Completed Polish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

28 April 2008

Digitized English reading notes that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 3-5) 

New German translations online:

  • Text of The Wheel of Sharp Weapons (2006 Literal Translation) – Dharmarakshita
  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

New Russian translations online:

  • Address to the Monks of Ganden, Drepung, and Sera about Buddhism in Foreign
  • Dealing with Difficult Experiences That Arise in Meditation and Retreat
  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 4) 

Completed and edited Spanish translations that arrived:

  • Common Root Tantric Vows 

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

21 April 2008

Handwritten English reading notes sent for digitizing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (18 chapters)

Digitized English reading notes sent for editing:

  • Shakabpa, W. D. Tibet: A Political History (chapter 2)

English manuscript sent for editing:

  • The Tibetan Culture of Central Asia; Buddhism, Medicine, Calendar and Astrology. Part One: The History of Buddhism (7 chapters)

New Russian translations online:

  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Taking the Kalachakra Initiation (12 chapters)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 3)

14 April 2008

English article revised and online:

  • A Deluded Outlook toward a Transitory Network

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Meditation for Recognizing the Five Aggregates (parts 3-4)

Handwritten English reading notes sent for digitizing:

  • Ratnayaka, Shanta, “The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada.”

New German translations online:

  • The Heart Sutra

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior – Shantideva (chapters 1-3)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 2)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

Completed and edited Portuguese translations that arrived:

  • The Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders – Summary

Completed and edited Polish translations that arrived:

  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

Preliminary studies launched for compilation of:

  • The Polish glossary
  • The Chinese glossary

7 April 2008

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Meditation for Recognizing the Five Aggregates (part 2)

English articles sent for digitizing:

  • A Discourse on Namkapel’s Rays of the Sun Attitude-Training – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (4 parts)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Explanation for The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (6 parts)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 1)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Workshop for Tibetans Translating Dharma: Report

Completed and edited Portuguese translations that arrived:

  • Religious Harmony, Compassion, and Islam – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama