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Work in Progress: First Quarter 2009

Alexander Berzin

Foreword

As many readers have expressed interest in the ongoing work and projects of Berzin Archives, I am starting this page as an informal way of keeping people informed, updated, and involved. From time to time, I shall make further entries. With continuing support from our readers and much hard work from our Berzin Archives team, we hope that all these projects will be completed and online in the near future.

First Quarter 2009

30 March 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Dealing with Disturbing Emotions: Attachment (1 part)

  • Avoiding Mixing Ego with Dharma Practice (1 part)

  • Overview of Uttaratantra (The Furthest Everlasting Continuum) (3 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading and editing:

  • Commentary on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (parts 2-4)

  • General Kriya Tantra Practice (part 2)

Edited English transcripts that arrived:

  • Advice for Studying Voidness (Emptiness) (1 part)

English audio files sent for editing:

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path (3 parts)

New German translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 13-16)

New Spanish translations online:

  • A Brief History of Dzogchen

Completed and edited Spanish translations that arrived:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 7)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Guidelines from the Mongolian Experience for Translating Tibetan Buddhist Texts – Changkya Rolpay-dorjey

  • Comparison of the “Dharma-Lite” and “Real Thing” Dharma Versions of Lam-rim

Completed French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Introductory History of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • “Dharma Lite” Versus “The Real Thing” Dharma

  • Scheme for Analyzing the Dynamics of a Relation with a Spiritual Teacher

  • Avoiding Confusion in the Spiritual Student-Teacher Relationship

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

23 March 2009

New English articles online:

  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading and editing:

  • Introduction to Sensitivity Training: The Quiet Mind and Caring Attitude (part 1)

New German translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 11-12)

New Russian translations online:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • Preliminaries for Meditation or Study: The Seven-Limb Practice

New Spanish translations online:

  • How to Deal with Negative Emotions – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Basic Features of Tantra

  • Feeding and Taming the Demon of Fear

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • Handling Fear

16 March 2009

New English audio files online:

  • The Four Themes of Gampopa as Presented in Drugpa Kagyu by Padmakarpo (1 part)

Edited English transcript that arrived:

  • Discourse on the Main Points of Dharma, Based on the First Panchen Lama’s Root Text for the Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

English transcript sent for editing:

  • Discourse on the Graded Stages of the Path, Based on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (Holland teachings) (10 parts) – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

New German translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 6-10)

Bilingual English-Spanish audio files sent for editing:

  • The Four Themes of Gampopa as Presented in Drugpa Kagyu by Padmakarpo (1 part)
  • Meditations for Recognizing the Five Aggregate Factors of Our Experience (7 parts)

9 March 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Self-Transformation through Attitude Training (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing and proofreading:

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (part 7)

  • Theory of Tantra in Terms of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana (part 4)
  • The Nature of Mental Appearances (parts 1-2)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Introduction to Sensitivity Training: The Quiet Mind and Caring Attitude (6 parts)

English audio files sent for editing:

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

Completed German translations sent for editing:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 7 – 20)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for editing:

  • Avoiding Mixing Ego with Dharma Practice (1 part)

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

New English-Spanish bilingual audio files online:

  • Self-Transformation through Attitude Training (2 parts)

Bilingual English-Spanish audio files sent for editing:

  • Exercises for Integrating One’s Life (6 parts)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Brief Presentation of the Main Points about Karma

  • Brief Introduction to the Four Noble Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

2 March 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading and editing:

  • Commentary on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (part 1)

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (parts 4-6)

  • General Kriya Tantra Practice (part 1)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • The Four Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism: Personal Experience, History, and Comparisons (2 parts)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Karma: Free Will versus Determinism (5 parts)

  • Explanation of the Seven-Part Cause and Effect Quintessence Teaching for Developing Bodhicitta (5 parts)

  • Tonglen (Giving and Taking) in the Context of Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others (4 parts)

  • Daily Life and Practice of Western Buddhists (1 part)

  • Advice for Studying Voidness (Emptiness) (1 part)

  • The Voidness or Total Absence of an Impossible "Me" (4 parts)

  • Incorrect Consideration and Voidness (7 parts)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising (4 parts)

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

  • The Five Buddha-Families and Their Correlations (1 part)

New German translations online:

  • Text of Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices – 2006 Literal Translation

Articles sent for German translation:

  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed German translations sent for editing:

  • The Qualities of a Buddha’s Omniscient Deep Awareness

New Russian translations online:

  • Belief in One Truth or Many Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Religious Harmony, Compassion, and Islam – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Revised Russian translations online:

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • A Brief History of Buddhism in India before the Thirteenth-Century Invasions

New Spanish translations online:

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • How to Deal with Negative Emotions – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • A Short Commentary on The Three Principal Aspects of the Path – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

Completed Polish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Handling Fear

  • The Meaning and Use of a Mandala

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Life

  • Actions for Training from Taking Safe Direction

  • Actions for Training from the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhicitta

  • Root Bodhisattva Vows

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • Handling Fear

  • Spread of Buddhism in Asia

23 February 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Theory of Tantra in Terms of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana (part 3)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for editing:

  • Overview of Dzogchen

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Brief Introduction to the Four Noble Truths – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • General Presentation of Shamatha and Vipashyana

  • Feeding and Taming the Demon of Fear

  • Inspiration (“Blessings”) and Its Relation to Mantras and Oral Transmission

  • Basic Features of Tantra

  • Visualization

  • Guidelines from the Mongolian Experience for Translating Tibetan Buddhist Texts – Changkya Rolpay-dorjey

  • Lessons To Be Learned from the Adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia

New English-Spanish bilingual audio files online:

  • Explanation of Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (11 parts)

Bilingual English-Spanish audio files sent for editing:

  • Levels of Spiritual Teachers and Relationships with Them (2 parts)

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Preliminaries for Meditation or Study: The Seven-Limb Practice

Completed French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Introductory Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • Introductory History of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue
  • Approaches to the Dharma – Intellectual, Emotional, and Devotional
  • “Dharma Lite” Versus “The Real Thing” Dharma
  • Scheme for Analyzing the Dynamics of a Relation with a Spiritual Teacher
  • Avoiding Confusion in the Spiritual Student-Teacher Relationship

16 February 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • The Four Themes of Gampopa as Presented in Drugpa Kagyu by Padmakarpo (1 part)
  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (parts 2-3)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (5 parts)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • The Four Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism: Personal Experience, History, and Comparisons (2 parts)

New English-Spanish bilingual audio files online:

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path (6 parts)

Bilingual English-Spanish audio files sent for editing:

  • Self- Transformation through Attitude-Training (2 parts)

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue
  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View
  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

Completed French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Handling Fear

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue
  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions
  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

Completed and edited Tamil translations that arrived:

  • Establishing Harmony within Religious Diversity – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

9 February 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path (3 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

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

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (parts 2-3)

  • Theory of Tantra in Terms of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana (part 2)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • General Kriya Tantra Practice (2 parts)

  • Experiences with a Spiritual Student-Teacher Relationship (1 part)

  • Commentary of Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (11 parts)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • How To Meditate on a Precious Human Life (1 part)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Establishing Harmony within Religious Diversity – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed and edited French translations ready to go online:

  • Dharma in Daily Life

Completed and edited Tamil translations ready to go online:

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

2 February 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Daily Life and Practice of Western Buddhists (1 part)

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (1 part)

  • Exercises for Integrating One’s Life (part 6)

  • Theory of Tantra in Terms of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana (part 1)

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (part 1)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • The Buddhist Concept of Time (2 parts)

  • Theory of Tantra in Terms of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana (4 parts)

English audio files sent for editing:

  • Explanation of the ninth chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (8 class recordings, 21 January – 18 March, 2003)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

New Russian translations online:

  • Establishing Harmony within Religious Diversity – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Compassion as a Source of Happiness – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Sensitivity Handbook (Exercises 14 – 18)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

  • Sustainable Development of Western Buddhist Traditions

  • Suggestions Regarding Overseas Dharma Centers

  • Impermanence As a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

  • Down-to-Earth Explanation of the Seven-Limb Preliminary Practices

  • Extra-bodily States in Buddhism

  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 1)

  • 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

  • Religious Harmony, Compassion, and Islam – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Compassion as the Source of Happiness – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Compassion Based on Biology and Reason – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Edited Spanish translations sent for proofreading:

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Major Facets of Dzogchen

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Overview of the Lam-rim Graded Pathways of Mind – Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche I

Completed French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Dharma in Daily Life

  • Spread of Buddhism in Asia

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Formatting and uploading begun for the Polish section.

26 January 2009

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Daily Life and Practice of Western Buddhists (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Cognizing the Voidness (Emptiness) of the Self in Terms of the Five Aggregates (3 parts)

Revised German translations online:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (Epilogue, Appendix)

19 January 2009

New English articles online:

  • Feeding and Taming the Demon of Fear

New English audio files online:

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (1 part)

New English-Spanish bilingual audio files online:

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (2 parts)

Completed and edited Spanish translations ready to go online:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 6)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

New Portuguese translations online:

  • The Meaning and Use of a Mandala

  • The Revival of the Monk Ordination Lineage in Tenth-Century Tibet

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • Dealing with Jealousy

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Dharma in Daily Life

12 January 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (part 6)

  • Exercises for Integrating One’s Life (parts 1-5)

Completed German translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Kalachakra Six-Session Guru-Yoga (2003 Precise Poetic Translation) – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche

New Russian translations online:

  • Achieving Peace through Inner Peace – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Sensitivity Handbook (Exercises 14 – 18)

Completed and edited Spanish translations ready to go online:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 5)

5 January 2009

New English articles online:

  • Five Extrasensory Eyes and Six Types of Advanced Awareness

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (part 1)

New German translations online:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Finding Inner Peace and Fulfillment – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Sensitivity Handbook (Exercises 11 – 13)

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