The Berzin Archives

The Buddhist Archives of Dr. Alexander Berzin

Switch to the Text Version of this page. Jump to main navigation.

Home > News > Work in Progress First Quarter 2010

Work in Progress First Quarter 2010

Alexander Berzin

First Quarter 2010

29 March 2010

New English audio transcripts online:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 2)

Bilingual English-German audio files recorded:

  • Who Was Shakyamuni Buddha?

  • The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma

  • The Three Buddhist Councils

  • Overview of the History of Buddhism in India

  • Overview of the History of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet

  • Overview of the Divisions of Phenomena

  • Overview of Cause and Effect

  • Overview of Phenomena that Have Objects and Their Objects

  • Overview of Mental Syntheses, Categories, and Individual Items

  • Overview of Identical, Different, Contradictory, and Related Phenomena

New Spanish translations online:

  • General Introduction to the Initial Scope Teachings of the Graded Path (Lam-rim) – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (parts 1-2)

New Russian translations online:

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

Edited Polish articles that arrived:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 1-2)

Translated and edited Polish articles that arrived:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 3-4)

Translated and edited French articles that arrived:

  • Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma

Translated and edited Urdu articles that arrived:

  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes

  • The Relation of the Hui Muslims with the Tibetans and Uighurs, 1996

  • How Gampopa Came to His Spiritual Attainments

22 March 2010

New English audio files online:

  • Developing Bodhichitta through Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others (8 parts)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.09.23, 2009.02.24)

  • Explanation of the Bodhisattva Vows (part 2)

New Russian translations online:

  • A Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

  • Forty-six Faults That Cause Interference for Spiritual Study and Practice

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Personal Experiences Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology

  • Interview for the Buddhist Magazine of Elista, Kalmykia, Russia (2 parts)

Translated Polish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 1-2)

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and will need editing:

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

Translated Chinese articles that arrived and will need editing:

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

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

Proofread French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma

Articles sent for French translation:

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

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

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

15 March 2010

New English articles online:

  • The Sources of Happiness According to Buddhism

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

  • Explanation of the Bodhisattava Vows (part 1)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.09.09; 2008.09.16)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (parts 4 – 6)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)

  • Meditation Methods

  • The Nature of Mental Appearances (5 parts)

Edited bilingual English-German audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.11.18, 2003-11-25, 2003-12-09, 2003-12-16, 2003-12-23, 2004-01-06, 2004-01-13, 2004-01-20)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.01.27, 2004.02.03, 2004.02.10, 2004.02.17, 2004.02.24, 2004.03.02, 2004.03.09, 2004.03.16, 2004.03.23, 2004.03.30. 2004.04.06, 2004.05.25, 2004.06.08, 2004.06.15, 2004.06.22, 2004,06.29, 2004.07.06, 2004.08.10)

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 18)

  • What Is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 19)

  • Forty-six Faults That Cause Interference for Spiritual Study and Practice

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Developing Ethical Self-Discipline

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Introductory Comparison of Hinayana and Mahayana

  • Explanation of The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (part 1)

New Polish articles online:

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

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

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

  • Milarepa Songs of Nonattachment to Family, Friends, and Wealth – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

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

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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

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

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – 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

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Introduction to Buddhist Sexual Ethics: Having Sex with Someone Else’s Partner

  • Issues in Buddhist Sexual Ethics

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (7 parts)

  • Making Sense of Tantra: Basic Questions and Doubts (5 chapters)

Translated and edited French articles that arrived:

  • Making Sense of Tantra (part 1)

  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

Translated Urdu articles sent for digitizing:

  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments

  • The Relation of the Hui Muslims with Tibetans and Uighurs

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering, the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

  • Paraphrase of Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?

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

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

Revised Chinese translations that arrived:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

  • The Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (full version)

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

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

8 March 2010

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

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

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (parts 1-3)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.08.26)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.01.27)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsongkhapa

Edited Spanish translations that were sent for proofreading:

  • General Introduction to the Initial Scope Teachings of the Graded Path (Lam-rim) – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (Day One)

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 17)

Translated Russian articles sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 18)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • What is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Polish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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

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

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – 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

1 March 2010

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

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.01.20)
  • Becoming Convinced of Rebirth – A Personal Story
  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.08.05)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Explanation of the Root Bodhisattva Vows (6 parts)

New Russian translation online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 20 and bibliography)
  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (part 2)

New bilingual English-Russian audio files online:

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

Re-edited online Russian translations:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 5 – 7)

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • What is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • A Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

22 February 2010

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.02.17 and 2008.07.29 classes)

  • The Nature of Time According to Buddhism (part 2)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.01.13)

German transcriptions of bilingual English – German audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Introduction to Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Verses (parts 1-2)

New Russian translation online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 19)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Questions concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger

Portuguese translations sent for editing:

  • Avoiding Confusion in the Spiritual Student – Teacher Relationship

  • Introduction to Tantra

  • Basic Features of Tantra

  • Making Sense of Tantra: Why Tantra Is More Efficient Then Sutra (part 6)

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

  • Current Situation of Buddhism in the World

  • Introduction to Buddhist Sexual Ethics: Having Sex with Someone Else’s Partner

  • Root Bodhisattva Vows

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

  • Common Root Tantric Vows

  • Secondary Tantric Vows

  • Following the Dharma and Avoiding Suffering – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

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

  • Text of The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

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

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

  • Introduction to Voidness and Mental Labeling

  • An Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Approach to Life (5 chapters)

  • Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • Bon and Tibetan Buddhism

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

  • Tibet-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Overview of Kalachakra

  • Mistaken Foreign Beliefs about Shambhala

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

  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (2 parts)

  • Some Common Features of Buddhism and Islam

Edited and finalized Arabic translations that arrived:

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

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and will need editing:

  • History of the Mulasarvastivada Ordination Lineage in Tibet

  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

  • The Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

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

  • The Origin of the Yellow Hat Worn by Monks in the Gelug Tradition

  • Brief History of Dzogchen

  • The Contribution of Tibetan Culture to Global Understanding (abstract, abridged, and full versions)

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

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

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

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • What is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

15 February 2010

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

  • Details of Karma for Understanding Free Will versus Determinism (part 5)

German transcriptions of bilingual English – German audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.03.04)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for German transcription:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.03.11 and 2003.03.18)

Russian translations sent for editing:

  • A Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

Re-edited online Russian translations:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (3 chapters)

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Examining Karma Immediately after 9/11 (part 2)

  • The Terms Hinayana and Mahayana

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (19 chapters)

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of view

  • Some Common Features of Buddhism and Islam

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Meditations for Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness

New Polish translation online:

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

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

Edited and finalized Arabic translations that arrived:

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

  • Buddhism and Science

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

  • Historical Survey of the Buddhist and Islamic World’s Knowledge of Each Other’s Customs and Teachings

  • Indian Society and Thought before and at the Time of Buddha

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

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

  • Holy Wars in Buddhism and Islam: The Myth of Shambhala (abridged version)

Edited and finalized Urdu articles sent for copy editing:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Edited Chinese translations sent for re-editing:

  • Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

8 February 2010

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

  • Details of Karma for Understanding Free Will versus Determinism (parts 3-4)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for German transcription:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.03.04)

New Russian translations online:

  • The Life of Atisha – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

  • Hundreds of Deities of Tushita

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • A Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters

Translated French articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Making Sense of Tantra (chapters 3 – 4)

Articles sent for French translation:

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

Translated Chinese articles that arrived and that will need editing:

  • Exploitation of the Shambhala Legend for Control of Mongolia

  • Russian and Japanese Involvement with Pre-Communist Tibet: The Role of the Shambhala Legend

  • The Nazi Connection with Shambhala and Tibet

  • Mistaken Foreign Myths about Shambhala

  • The Life of Atisha – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

  • Paraphrase of Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

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

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • The Contribution of the Tibetan Oral and Textual Heritage to Global Understanding: Progress and Prospects (full version, abridged version, abstract)

  • Historical Survey of the Buddhist and Muslim Worlds’ Knowledge of Each Other’s Customs and Teachings

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

  • Tibeto-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Tibetan Astro Sciences (2 chapters)

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

1 February 2010

New English articles online:

  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disasters

New English audio files online:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

New English audio transcripts online:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics

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

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.12.23)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for German transcription:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.02.11 and 2003.02.25)
  • Avoiding Mixing Ego with Dharma Practice (2 parts)

New Russian translation online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 18)

New bilingual English-Russian audio files online:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

Translated Russian articles sent for editing:

  • Comparison of the “Dharma-Lite” and “Real Thing Dharma” Versions of Lam-rim
  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 20 and bibliography)
  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (part 2)

Russian transcriptions of bilingual English – Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • The Voidness or Total Absence of an Impossible “Me” (part 4)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

New bilingual English-Spanish audio files online:

  • Self-Transformation through Attitude-Training

Edited and finalized Arabic translations that arrived:

  • Buddhism and Science
  • Buddhism among the Turkic People
  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet
  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma
  • Tibetan Astro Sciences (2 parts)
  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
  • The History of the Early Period of Buddhism and Bon in Tibet (2 parts)

25 January 2010

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

  • Details of Karma for Understanding Free Will versus Determinism (part 2)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.07.15 class)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.12.23)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading and editing:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 17)

Proofread Russian transcriptions of bilingual English – Russian audio files that arrived:

  • The Voidness or Total Absence of an Impossible “Me” (parts 1-2)

Russian transcriptions of bilingual English – Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • The Voidness or Total Absence of an Impossible “Me” (part 3)

Re-edited Russian translations online:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 1-3)

Re-edited Russian translations sent for proofreading:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 4)

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Life of Atisha

Articles sent for Russian translation:

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

New Spanish translations online:

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

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Examining Karma Immediately after 9/11 (part 2)

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Tulkus Conference on Nonsectarianism

  • Tibetan Buddhist – Jewish Dialogue: Brief Report

  • The Mechanism of Karma: The Mahayana Presentation Except for Gelug Prasangika (4 parts)

  • Chart for Understanding Karma

  • The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

  • Stages of Bodhichitta

  • The Four Immeasurable Attitudes in Hinayana, Mahayana, and Bon

  • Concentration Terminology

  • Extraphysical and Extrasensory Powers

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude-Training: Togmey-zangpo Edition

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude-Training: Togmey-zangpo Edition with Annotation

  • General Explanation of Seven-Point Attitude-Training (3 parts)

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

  • A Commentary on Developing Deepest Bodhichitta in Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • The Nature of the Mind – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • The Meaning and Use of a Mandala

  • Vajrasattva Purification: The Basics

  • The Terms Hinayana and Mahayana

  • Introductory Comparison of Hinayana and Mahayana

Bilingual English-Spanish audio files sent for Spanish transcription:

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (2 parts)

  • Self-Transformation through the Lam-rim Graded Stages (10 parts)

New Polish translations online:

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • The Meaning and Use of a Mandala

Edited French translation that arrived:

  • A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

  • Approaches to the Dharma – Intellectual, Emotional, and Devotional

  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

Translated French articles that arrived and were sent for editing

  • Making Sense of Tantra (parts 1 – 2)

Formatting and uploading of the Arabic section begun

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Holy Wars in Buddhism and Islam: The Myth of Shambhala (abridged version)

  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

18 January 2010

Facebook page created for Berzin Archives: Follow us on Facebook

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Explanation of the Meaning and Use of a Mandala (1 part)

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

  • Explanation of Seven-Point Attitude-Training (8 parts)

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

Re-edited English audio files and audio transcripts online:

  • Explanation of Eight-Verse Attitude-Training (6 parts)

Edited English and bilingual English-German audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.08.12, 2003.09.23, 2003.09.30, 2003.10.07, 2003.10.21, 2003.10.28, 2003.11.04, 2003.11.11

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

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

  • Details of Karma for Understanding Free Will versus Determinism (part 1)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.07.08 class)

Transcripts of English audio files sent for proofreading:

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

New Spanish translations online:

  • Meeting the Challenge of Modernization in Mongolia

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Examining Karma Immediately after 9/11 (part 1)

Translated Polish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

Articles sent for Polish translation:

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

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

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

  • Milarepa Songs of Nonattachment to Family, Friends, and Wealth – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

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

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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

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

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

  • The Relevance of Religion in Modern Times – 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

Edited and finalized Arabic translations that arrived:

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

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkestan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • The Situation of Buddhism and Islam in China – 1996

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Holy Wars in Buddhism and Islam: The Myth of Shambhala (full version)

Articles sent for Urdu translations:

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

11 January 2010

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Approaching the Dharma in a Balanced Way (2 parts)

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

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

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

  • Overview of the Four Noble Truths (1 part)

New Russian translations online:

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

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 18 – 19)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Disrupting the Faith

Edited Spanish translation sent for proofreading:

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

Spanish transcription of bilingual English – Spanish audio files sent for proofreading:

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

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • Indian Society and Thought before and at the Time of Buddha

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Edited Arabic translations sent for proofreading:

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

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

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkestan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkestan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • The Situation of Buddhism and Islam in China – 1996

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • A Survey of Tibetan History (4 parts)

  • The Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (full version)

  • Buddhism and Science

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

Translated Hindi articles sent for editing:

  • The Buddhist View of Other Religions

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

Articles sent for Hindi translation:

  • The Endpoint of Samsara Is Suffering; the Endpoint of Dharma Is Happiness – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

  • Paraphrase of Advice from an Experienced Old Man – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

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

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

4 January 2010

New English articles online:

  • All-Pervasive Suffering – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

  • The Relationship between Happiness and Unhappiness, and Pleasure and Pain – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

  • Mental Labeling in the Case of a Buddha – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

  • The Prasangika View among Non-Buddhists – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

  • The Relation between True Stoppings and Voidness According to Tsongkhapa – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (parts 2 -3)
  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.12.16)
  • Overview of the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising (parts 1 – 3)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.07.01 class)

Transcribed English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

  • Theory and Practice of Guru-Yoga (3 parts)

  • The Five Aggregate Factors of Experience: The Conventional and Deepest Reasons for Their Structure (1 part)

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)

  • The Two Bodhichittas in the Seven-Point Attitude-Training (4 parts)

  • Using the Five Deep Awarenesses in Daily Life (3 parts)

  • The Four Indian Tenet Systems on Voidness (Emptiness) (1 part)

  • The Nature of Mental Appearances – Gelug Presentation (6 parts)

  • Negation Phenomena: How to Focus on Voidness (Emptiness) (4 parts)

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

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

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of the Four Noble Truths (1 part)

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • The Buddhist View of Islam

  • Message from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Tulku

  • The Life of Atisha

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Indian Society and Thought before and at the Time of Buddha

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Previous Quarterly Reports of Work in Progress