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Alexander Berzin

Fourth Quarter 2009

28 December 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

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

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (part 1)

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

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.02.03 class)

New bilingual English-Russian audio files online:

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1part)

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

21 December 2009

New English articles online:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying Tsongkhapa’s The Three Principal Aspects of the Path (part 2)

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 (2003.12.09)

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (part 2)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for audio editing:

  • The Influence of the Kalmyk Geshe Wangyal in Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

  • Personal Experience in Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • The Influence of the Kalmyk Geshe Wangyal in Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

  • Reflections on the Interaction of Buddhist Philosophy with Other Philosophies (1 part)

  • Methodology for Translating Buddhist Texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit into Modern Languages (1 part)

  • Personal Experience in Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

  • Challenges Facing the Revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia (1 part)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Basic Features of Tantra

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

14 December 2009

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Strategies for Deconstructing Jealousy (4 parts)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (parts 3 – 5)

  • Introductory Explanation for Studying Tsongkhapa’s The Three Principal Aspects of the Path (part 1)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.06.17 class)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Do You Believe in Rebirth?

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Foundation of Good Qualities

New bilingual English – Russian audio transcripts online:

  • Advice for Practicing Buddhism in the West (2 parts)

Translated Russian articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Life of Atisha

  • A Short Biography of Tsongkhapa

New Polish translations online:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

Translated Polish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Actions for Training for the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhichitta

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

  • The Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

  • History of the Mulasarvastivadin Ordination Lineages in Tibet

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

  • Brief History of Dzogchen

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

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • The Situation of Buddhism and Islam in China 1996

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

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

7 December 2009

New English articles online:

  • Short Explanation of the Mandala Offering of Request for a Teaching

New English audio transcripts online:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (parts 1-2)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.06.10 class)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.12.02)

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (part 1)

New German translations online:

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

Re-edited German translations online

  • Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Life

New Spanish translations online:

  • Feeding and Taming the Demon of Fear

Edited Spanish translations sent for proofreading:

  • Basic Features of Tantra

  • Guidelines from the Mongolian Experience for Translating Tibetan Buddhist Texts

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

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

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

  • Text of The Foundation for Good Qualities

Edited and finalized Arabic translations that arrived:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • Buddhist-Muslim Doctrinal Relations

  • 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

  • Message from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Tulku

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • Becoming Involved with Buddhism

Edited and finalized Urdu 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

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

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

  • The Relation between Buddhism and Sufism

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

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

30 November 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (8 parts)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (parts 1-2)

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

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.06.03 class)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.11.25)

New German translations online:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

Translated German articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

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

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

Bilingual English – Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

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

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

New Russian translations online:

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

New Spanish articles online:

  • Major Facets of Dzogchen

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Life of Atisha

  • Discerning and Stabilizing Meditations (Analytical and Formal Meditations)

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • 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

Retranslated Arabic translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • The Situation of Buddhism and Islam in China 1996

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • The Kalachakra Description of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (Summary)

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

Edited Arabic translations that arrived and were sent for final reviewing:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism among the Turkic People

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

  • Message from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Tulku

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • How I Became Involved with Buddhism

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

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

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

Edited and finalized Urdu translations that arrived:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

Edited Urdu translations that arrived and were sent for final reviewing:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Buddhism among the Turkic Peoples

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

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • Message from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Tulku

  • Short Biography of Alexander Berzin

  • How I Became Involved with Buddhism

23 November 2009

New English audio transcripts online:

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

  • Dealing with Disturbing Emotions: Attachment (1 part)

  • Explanation of A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems (7 parts)

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Approaching the Dharma in a Balanced Way (parts 1 – 2)

  • Strategies for Deconstructing Jealousy (parts 1 – 4)

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

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (part 4)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.27 class)

  • The Nature of Time According to Buddhism (part 5)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Voidness in Terms of Dependent Arising (3 parts)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.02.03 class)

Edited English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)

Articles sent for German translation:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Bringing Buddhism Down to Earth (parts 3 – 5)

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Actions for Training from the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhichitta

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (Introduction and chapters 15 – 20)

Translated and edited Urdu articles that arrived:

  • Buddhist View of Other Religions

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkestan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • The Situations of Buddhism and Islam in China, 1996

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

  • The Life of Atisha

  • A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments

  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes

Translated Hindi articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

16 November 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • The Four Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism: Personal Experience, History, and Comparisons (parts 1 - 2)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.05.20 class)

  • The Nature of Time According to Buddhism (part 5)

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

  • Introduction to Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Verses (part 1)

New Russian translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 15)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Extra-bodily States in Buddhism

Translated Spanish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Milarepa Leads a Youth to Realize the True Nature of the Mind

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

Proofread Arabic translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • The Situation of Buddhism and Islam in China 1996

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

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

  • The Kalachakra Description of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (Summary)

Translated Arabic articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (Introduction and chapters 1 – 14)

9 November 2009

New English article online:

  • Open Admission of Faults through Three Continuums

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Overview of A Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (parts 6 – 8)

  • Dealing with Disturbing Emotions: Attachment (1 part)

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

  • Questions about the Four Classes of Tantra (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

  • Listening, Thinking, and Meditating Dharma (6 parts)

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

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

  • Explanation of Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (4 parts)

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

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

  • Meditation Methods (1 part)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for audio editing:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

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

Completed and edited Spanish translations sent for proofreading:

  • Major Facets of Dzogchen

  • Extra-bodily States in Buddhism

Translated and edited Urdu articles that arrived:

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

  • Buddhist-Muslim Doctrinal Relations: Past, Present, and Future

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

  • Common Features of Buddhism and Islam

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

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

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

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

  • Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion

  • 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

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

2 November 2009

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Incorrect Consideration and Voidness (7 parts)

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

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

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.05.13 class)

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (part 3)

  • Questions about the Four Classes of Tantra (1 part)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Overview of A Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (parts 2 – 5)

English audio file sent for transcribing:

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

  • Questions about the Four Classes of Tantra (1 part)

Bilingual English – German audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (9 classes from 2003.11.18 to 2004.01.20)

Bilingual English – Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Meditation Methods (1 part)

New Spanish translations online:

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

New Polish translations online:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

Translated French articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Portrait of Serkong Rinpoche

Translated and edited French articles that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Making Sense of Tantra (part 1)

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

Translated Urdu articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

26 October 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

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

  • Overview of A Root Text on Gelug-Kagyu Mahamudra (part 1)

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

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (part 2)
  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.20 class)

English audio file sent for transcribing:

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.27 class)

Bilingual English – German audio files sent for German transcription:

  • Avoiding Mixing Ego with Dharma Practice (2 parts)

  • Introduction to Four Hundred Verses (8 parts)

Bilingual English – Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

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

New Polish translations online:

  • Root Bodhisattva Vows

Translated Polish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Actions for Training from the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhichitta

19 October 2009

New bilingual English – Russian audio files recorded:

  • The Influence of the Kalmyk Geshe Wangyal in Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

  • Reflections on the Interaction of Buddhist Philosophy with Other Philosophies (1 part)

  • Challenges for the Revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia (1 part)

New English audio files recorded:

  • Methodology for Translating Buddhist Texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit into Modern Languages (1 part)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.05.06 class)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

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

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 14)

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

12 October 2009

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.04.22 class)
  • The Buddhist Concept of Time (parts 3 -4)
  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems (parts 3 – 7)

Partially proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • What Needs to Be Understood in Order to Have a Bodhichitta Aim (2 parts)

Audio files sent for English transcription:

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)
  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)

Bilingual English – Latvian audio files sent for preliminary audio editing:

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)

Translated and edited Spanish translations sent for proofreading:

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

New Spanish translations ready to go online:

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

New bilingual English – Russian audio files recorded:

  • The Buddhist View of Sexual Ethics (1 part)
  • Developing Bodhichitta through Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others (8 parts)
  • Brief Explanation of the Differences among the Four Classes of Tantra (1 part)

Translated Polish articles that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Root Bodhisattva Vows

Articles sent for Polish translation:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

5 October 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Tonglen (Giving and Taking) in the Context of Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others (parts 3 – 4)

  • Explanation of A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems (parts 1 – 2)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Introductory Survey of Lam-rim (4 parts)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Details of Karma for Understanding Free Will versus Determination (5 parts)

New bilingual English – Russian audio files recorded:

  • Buddhist Ethical Behavior: A Practical Approach (1 part)

  • Explanation of the Root Bodhisattva Vows (6 parts)

Articles sent for German translation:

  • Visualization

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

New Spanish translations online:

  • Brief Commentary on Eight-Verse Attitude-Training – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others