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Work in Progress: Fourth Quarter 2008

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.

Fourth Quarter 2008

29 December 2009

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 7)

New German translations online:

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

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Sensitivity Handbook (Exercises 7 – 10)

Sent for Russian translation:

  • Fundamentals of Dzogchen Meditation (2 parts)

Completed and edited Tamil translations that arrived:

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

22 December 2008

New English articles online:

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

New German 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 4 – 6)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Completed and edited Chinese translations that arrived:

  • Biography of Nagarjuna

  • Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

Completed and edited Tamil translations that arrived:

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

Articles sent for Tamil translation:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • The Appeal of Buddhism in the Modern World

  • How to Lead an Ethical Life – 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

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

  • Buddhism and Science

15 December 2008

New English, German, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese articles online:

  • Message from Tsenshap Serkong Tulku

New English audio files online:

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

  • Recitation of Mantras (1 part)

New English-German bilingual audio files recorded:

  • Overview of the Five Buddha-Family Traits (1 part)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Overview of the Ninth Karmapa’s Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Unawareness (part 1)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

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

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

English audio files sent for uploading on YouTube

  • How to Meditate on a Precious Human Life

English-Spanish bilingual audio file sent for editing:

  • Explanation of Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (12 parts)

New German translations online:

  • Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (Introduction, chapters 1-5)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • The Sensitivity Handbook (Preface, General Structure for Each Training Session, Exercises 1,2a, 2b, and 3)

Edited Polish translations that arrived:

  • Dealing with Jealousy

8 December 2008

New English audio files online:

  • Main Points of Self-Voidness and Other-Voidness (5 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 6)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Meditation Methods (1 part)

New German translations online:

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

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior: Introductory Note on the Translation

Completed German translations 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

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapters 14 – 16)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

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

New Spanish translations online:

  • Text of The Three Principal Aspects of the Path – Tsongkhapa

New English-Spanish bilingual audio files online:

  • The Two Bodhicittas in Seven-Point Attitude-Training (12 parts)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 3, 5, and 7)

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

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

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

Edited Spanish translations sent for proofreading:

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 6)

  • Text of The Abbreviated Points of the Graded Path – Tsongkhapa

  • Text of Eight Verse Attitude-Training – Langri-tangpa

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Application to Life (part 1)

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

  • 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

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

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

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

  • Introductory Lecture on Karma

  • Brief Presentation of the Main Points about Karma

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

Completed Polish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Dealing with Jealousy

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • The Life of Atisha

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

  • 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

  • Disrupting the Faith?

  • Meeting the Challenge of Modernization in Mongolia

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

  • 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 Beliefs about Shambhala

1 December 2008

New English audio files recorded:

  • Overview of Exercises for Developing Balanced Sensitivity Based on Buddhist Practices

New English-Polish audio files recorded:

  • A Buddhist Approach to Integrating the Various Aspects of One’s Life

English transcript sent for editing:

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

New German translations online:

  • A Commentary on Developing Deepest Bodhicitta (the Understanding of Voidness) in Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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

  • Kalachakra, Tantra, and Their Relation with World Peace

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapters 7 – 13)

Completed and edited Chinese translations that arrived:

  • Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

  • History of the Mulasarvastivada Ordination Lineage in Tibet

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

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

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

24 November 2008

New English articles online:

  • The Buddhist Concept of Merit: Does Happiness Need To Be Earned?

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 5)

Edited English transcripts that arrived and need final editing:

  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger

New German translations online:

  • Overview of the Eight Sets of Realization in Abhisamayalamkara

  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (chapter 5)

Revised German translations online:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapter 16)

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapters 1-6)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

New English-Spanish audio files online:

  • The Four Indian Tenet Systems on Voidness (2 parts)

17 November 2008

New English articles online:

  • Visualization

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 4)

New German translations online:

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude Training – Togmey-zangpo edition

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude Training – Togmey-zangpo edition with annotation

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude Training – Pabongka edition

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

Revised German translations online:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapters 9 – 15)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Nature of Time as a Temporal Interval

New Russian articles online:

  • Root Bodhisattva Vows

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

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

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

10 November 2008

New English audio files recorded:

  • Introduction to the Four Noble Truths (3 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 3)

New English-Spanish audio files recorded:

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

New English-Spanish audio files online:

  • Advice for Studying Voidness (Emptiness) (2 parts)

  • Brief Survey of Self-Voidness and Other-Voidness Views (2 parts)

Completed and edited Spanish translations that arrived:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (part 4)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 20)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • 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

  • What Is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End? – 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

3 November 2008

New English-Spanish audio files recorded:

  • Self-Transformation through Attitude-Training (Lojong) (1 part)

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (1 part)

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Advice on Practicing Buddhism in the West (1 part)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 19)

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • 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

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

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

27 October 2008

New English articles online:

  • The Purification Method Used in Anuttarayoga Tantra

  • Tibetan-English Glossary of Astrology Terms

  • Tibetan-English Glossary of Mahamudra Technical Terms

New English-Spanish audio files recorded:

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

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Overview of Tantra (part 2)

  • Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (part 5)

New German translations online:

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

Revised German translations online:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapter 8)

Articles sent for German translation:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

20 October 2008

Portuguese section of the website now online.

New English articles online:

  • Seven-Point Attitude-Training – Namkapel edition

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

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

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

New English articles completed and sent for formatting and uploading:

  • Tibetan-English Glossary of Tibetan Astrology and Astronomy Technical Terms

Edited English transcripts that arrived and need final editing:

  • Visualization

Transcribed English audio files received and sent for editing:

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

English transcripts sent for editing:

  • Dealing with Anger

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • The Nature of Mental Appearances – Gelug Explanation (5 parts)

English audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Visualization (3 parts)

  • Guru-yoga (11 parts)

Transcripts of online English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Advice on Practicing Buddhism in the West (1 part)

  • Approaching Buddhism in a Balanced Way (2 parts)

  • Meditation Methods (1 part)

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

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

  • Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths (2 parts)

  • An Overview of the Ninth Karmapa’s Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Unawareness (2 parts)

New German translations online:

  • A Summary Report of the 2007 International Congress on the Women’s Role in the Sangha: Bhikshuni Vinaya and Ordination Lineages (4 parts)

Completed German translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 18)

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Text of Bodhisattva Garland of Gems

  • Text of Seven-Point Attitude-Training (Togmey-zangpo edition with annotation)

  • Text of Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (2006 literal translation).

Completed and edited Chinese translations that arrived:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

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

13 October 2008

New English articles online:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (part 4)

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying The Three Principal Aspects of the Path (3 parts)

  • Overview of A Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (parts 5-8)
  • Overview of Tantra (part 1)

Digitized English handwritten files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Notes on Scott, David Alan. "Buddhist Attitude to Hellenism: A Review of the Issue," Studies in Religion/Sciences, Rebegeuses, vol 15 no.4 (1986), 433-441.

  • Notes on Melikian, Chirvani, A.S., "The Buddhist Ritual in the Literature of Early Islamic Iran" in South Asian Archeology (1981), 272-279.

  • Notes on Bausani, A. "Religion under the Mongols" in The Cambridge History of Iran, vol. 5: The Seljuk and Mongol Periods, J. A. Boyle (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1958, 538-549.

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 17)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Text of Abbreviated Points of the Graded Path – Tsongkhapa

  • Text of Three Principal Aspects of the Path – Tsongkhapa

  • Text of Eight-Verse Attitude-Training­ – Langri-tangpa

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

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

Being proofread:

  • The formatted and uploaded Portuguese section of the website

6 October 2008

New English eBooks and articles completed and sent for formatting and uploading:

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

  • Seven-Point Attitude-Training – Namkapel edition

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

Edited English transcripts that arrived and need final editing:

  • Sangha

English transcript sent for editing:

  • Visualization

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need editing:

  • Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (part 3)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of Tantra (7 parts)

New German translations online:

  • Buddhism and Science

Revised German translations online:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (chapter 7)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity (chapter 16)

Completed and edited Portuguese translations that arrived:

  • Issues in Buddhist Sexual Ethics

Completed and edited Chinese translations that arrived:

  • A Buddhist View of Islam

  • The Relation between Buddhism and Sufism: Response to Majid Tehranian

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

  • The Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (abridged analysis)

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

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

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

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

  • Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

  • History of the Mulasarvastivada Ordination Lineage in Tibet

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

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

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Biography of Nagarjuna

  • Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

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