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Work Progress Fourth Quarter 2010

Alexander Berzin

Fourth Quarter 2010

27 December 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Practicing Tantra Effectively (part 3)

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

English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

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

  • Brief Survey of Self-Voidness and Other-Voidness Views (1 part)

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (4 parts)

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapter 8)

Proofread bilingual English-Spanish audio transcripts that arrived:

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

New Russian translations online:

  • Seven-Point Attitude-Training – Geshe Chaykawa (Togmey-zangpo edition)

  • Seven-Point Attitude-Training – Geshe Chaykawa (Togmey-zangpo edition with annotation)

  • Discerning and Stabilizing Meditation (Analytical and Formal Meditations)

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

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and sent for proofreading:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 5)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

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

20 December 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (parts 3-4)

  • Address upon Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate at Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, India – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • Practicing Tantra Effectively (part 2)

  • The Jonang Tradition of Kalachakra (1 part)

  • Overview of Buddhist Metaphysics (part 4)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Commentary on An Extensive Six-Session Yoga (parts 4-6)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of the Development and History of Buddhism in India and Tibet (4 parts)

  • The Adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism in the West – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  • The Need for Buddhist Study – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

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

Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher (chapters 4-7)

New French translations online:

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

French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Four Indian Tenet Systems Regarding Illusion: A Practical Approach

New Russian translations online:

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

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were proofread:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (parts 3-4)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 5)

New Arabic translations online:

  • Contribution of Tibetan Culture to Global Understanding (abstract)

  • Brief History of Dzogchen

  • The Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

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

13 December 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Overview of Buddhist Metaphysics (part 1-3)

  • Practicing Tantra Effectively (part 1)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Commentary on An Extensive Six-Session Yoga (parts 1-3)

Proofread English audio transcripts sent for copyediting:

  • What Is Meditation?

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.05.12, 2009.05.19, 2009.05.26)

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapter 8)

German translations sent for editing:

  • Achieving Shamatha

  • Objects of Focus for Developing Shamatha and Vipashyana

  • Static and Nonstatic Phenomena

  • Constructive, Destructive, and Unspecified Phenomena

  • Causes, Conditions, and Results

  • The Relation between Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Discerning and Stabilizing Meditations

  • The Two Enlightenment-Building Networks (The Two Collections)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Working with Emotions: How to Deal with Anger

French translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

Articles sent for Russian translation:

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

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 3)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 4)

6 December 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.06.09)

  • Using Buddhist Methods for Helping Us in Our Daily Lives (1 part)

  • Common Misunderstandings about Buddhism (1 part)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.06.02)

  • Practicing Tantra Effectively (5 parts)

  • Overview of Buddhist Metaphysics (7 parts)

English transcripts sent for editing:

  • Short Commentary on Eight-Verse Attitude-Training – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

German translations that arrived and will need editing:

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

French translations that arrived and will need editing:

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

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Following Dharma and Avoiding Suffering – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

  • Four Axioms of Examining a Dharma Teaching

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

  • Introductory Lecture on Karma

  • Compassionate Heart of Bodhicitta

  • The Purpose and Benefits of Debate – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II

29 November 2010

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapter 7)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha-Nature (parts 3-5)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (parts 3-4)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Address upon Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate at Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, India – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

  • Commentary on An Extensive Six-Session Yoga (6 parts)

Articles sent for German translation:

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

  • The Sources of Happiness According to Buddhism

  • Questions Concerning Collective Karma and Natural Disaster

  • A Buddhist View of Islam

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vajrasattva Purification: The Basics

New Spanish translations online:

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

Edited Spanish translations that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness) (part 4)

Chinese translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • The Life of the Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon

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

22 November 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.10.19)

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (part 4)

English audio files resent for transcribing:

  • Using Buddhist Methods for Helping Us in Our Daily Lives (1 part)

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapters 5-6)

New German translations online:

  • Text of The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsongkhapa

New Spanish translations online:

  • Seven-Limb Prayer – Shantideva

Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher (introduction, chapter 3)

New Portuguese translations online:

  • Seven-Limb Prayer – Shantideva

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

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

15 November 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (parts 1-2)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • The Jonang Tradition of Kalachakra (1 part)

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapters 3-4)

New German translations online:

  • Seven-Limb Prayer – Shantideva

New French translations online:

  • Seven-Limb Prayer – Shantideva

New Russian translations online:

  • Developing Ethical Self-Discipline
  • Tibeto-Mongolian Astrology and Karma
  • Tibetan Astro Sciences ( part 1)
  • Seven-Limb Prayer – Shantideva

Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • An Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Application to Life (part 3)
  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher (introduction, chapters 1-2)

Articles sent for Chinese translation:

  • The Life of the Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon

8 November 2010

New English audio files online:

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (5 parts)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived:

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (part 3)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha-Nature (parts 1-2)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (5 parts)

Edited Spanish translations that were sent for proofreading:

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

New French translations online:

  • Eight-Verse Attitude-Training – Langri-tangpa

  • Original Panchen Lama Version of An Extensive Six-Session Yoga

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were proofread:

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

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 3)

Arabic translations sent for editing:

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

  • Brief History of Dzogchen

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

  • The Establishment of the Bhikshuni Order in India

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

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

  • History of the Mulasarvastivada Ordination Lineages in Tibet

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

  • History of the Theravada Ordination Lineages

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

  • A Survey of Tibetan History (4 chapters)

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

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

  • Tibeto-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Tibetan Astro-Sciences (2 parts)

  • The Kalachakra Presentation of the Prophets of the Non-Indic Invaders (summary, abridged, and full versions)

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

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

1 November 2010

New English article online:

  • The Yoga of the Spiritual Master Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Transcribed English audio files that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.10.12)

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (parts 1-2)

  • Shambhala: Myths and Reality (1 part)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for English transcription:

  • Tantra as a Method for Spiritual Development (1 part)

Transcribed handwritten English reading notes that arrived and will need editing:

  • Basham, Arthur Llewelyn. “The Evolution of the Concept of the Bodhisattva” in The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism, Leslie Kawamura (ed.). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1981, 19-60.

  • Dayal, Har. The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1932.

  • Ratnayaka, Shanta. “The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol. 8, no. 2 (1985), 85-110.

  • Upadhyaya, K.N. “The Impact of Early Buddhism on Hindu Thought (with Special Reference to the Bhagavadgita),” Philosophy East and West, vol. 18, no. 3 (July 1968), 163-173.

Handwritten English reading notes sent for transcription:

  • Upadhyaya, K.N. “The Impact of the Bhakti Movement on the Development of Mahayana Buddhism” in Studies in the History of Buddhism, Papers Presented at the International Conference on the History of Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, August 19-21, 1976, A.K. Narain (ed.). Delhi: B.R. Publishing, 1980, 349-357.

  • Barua, Dipak Kumar. Vihâras in Ancient India: A Survey of Buddhist Monasteries. Calcutta: Indian Publications, 1969.

  • Gokhale, Balkrishna Govind. “Early Buddhism and the Brahmanas” in Studies in the History of Buddhism, Papers Presented at the International Conference on the History of Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, August 19-21, 1976, A.K. Narain (ed.). Delhi: B.R. Publishing, 1980, 67-80.

  • Tatia, N. “The Interaction of Jainism and Buddhism and Its Impact on the History of Buddhist Monasticism” in Studies in the History of Buddhism, Papers Presented at the International Conference on the History of Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, August 19-21, 1976, A.K. Narain (ed.). Delhi: B.R. Publishing, 1980, 321-338.

New Russian translation online:

  • The Yoga of the Spiritual Master Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

New Russian audio transcripts online:

  • Interview during the Round Table “Methodology for Translating Buddhist Texts”

Edited Russian translations sent for proofreading:

  • Developing Ethical Self-Discipline

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Discerning and Stabilizing Meditation

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • Introduction to In Praise of Dependent Arising by Tsongkhapa

Transcribed Russian audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Listening to, Thinking about, and Meditating on the Dharma (part 1)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

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

Swedish translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

  • The Current Situation of Buddhism in the World

25 October 2010

Transcribed English audio files that arrived:

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (parts 1-2)

Bilingual transcription of bilingual English-German audio files that arrived:

  • The Historical Buddha and Development of Early Indian Buddhism in Light of the Pali Canon (part 2)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Using Buddhist Methods for Helping Us in Our Daily Lives (1 part)

    New Russian translations online:

  • Eight Verse Attitude Training – Langri-tangpa

  • A Survey of Tibetan History (part 1)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Interview during the Round Table “Methodology for Translating Buddhist Texts”

New French translations online:

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

  • Holy Wars in Buddhism and Islam (full version & abridged version)

18 October 2010

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Distinguishing Dharma from Asian Culture (1 part)

Transcribed English audio files that arrived:

  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha-Nature (part 5)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.06.16)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourselves: Overcoming Self-Hatred (5 parts)

Edited English transcripts that arrived:

  • Discourse on the Graded Stages of the Path, Based on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I (session 5)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths: Realizing the Conventional and Deepest Natures of the Mind (2 parts)

English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha-Nature (5 parts)

New Russian audio transcripts online:

  • Explanation of Buddhist Sexual Ethics: An Historical Perspective (1 part)

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

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

French translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • Original Panchen Lama Version of An Extensive Six-Session Yoga

Arabic translations sent for editing:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

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

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

11 October 2010

New English audio files online:

  • Distinguishing Dharma from Asian Culture (1 part)

Proofread transcripts of English audio files that arrived:

  • What Is Meditation? (1 part)

  • Buddha-Nature and the Clear Light Mind (1 part)

New bilingual English-German audio files online:

  • Distinguishing Dharma from Asian Culture (1 part)

New Russian translations online:

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

Russian transcripts of English-Russian bilingual audio files that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Explanation of Buddhist Sexual Ethics: An Historical Perspective (1 part)

Chinese translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

  • Tibetan-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Tibetan Astro Sciences (2 parts)

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

  • Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Message from Tsenzhab Serkong Tulku

  • Remaining Work

4 October 2010

New English audio transcripts online:

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

Transcribed English audio files that arrived:

  • Renunciation: Escape from the World or Constructive Analysis (1 part)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2004.10.05)

  • Developing the Mind Based on Buddha-Nature (part 4)

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

Bilingual transcription of bilingual English-German audio files that arrived:

  • The Historical Buddha and Development of Early Indian Buddhism in Light of the Pali Canon (part 1)

Bilingual English-Latvian audio files sent for English transcription:

  • The Relevance of Refuge and Karma in Daily Life (4 parts)

English audio transcripts sent for proofreading:

  • What Is Meditation? (1 part)

  • Buddha-Nature and the Clear Light Mind (1 part)

  • Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths: Realizing the Conventional and Deepest Natures of the Mind (2 parts)

Reformatted English books that arrived and will need editing:

  • Anthology of Well-Spoken Advice – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (chapters 1-2)

Edited German translations that arrived and will need proofreading:

  • Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness) (part 3)

New Russian translations online:

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

Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Tibetan Astro Studies (part 1)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • A Brief History of Menri Monastery

New Russian audio transcripts online:

  • Advice on Combining Yoga with Buddhist Practice (1 part)

Bilingual English-Russian audio files sent for Russian transcription:

  • Influence of Geshe Wangyal on Combining Buddhist Practice and Buddhology (1 part)

Edited Spanish translations that arrived and are ready for uploading when all parts are complete:

  • Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness) (part 1)

Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • An Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Application to Life (part 2)

  • Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness) (part 3)

  • Concentration Terminology

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness) (part 4)

  • An Introduction to Mahamudra and Its Practical Application to Life (part 3)

  • The Mechanism of Karma: The Mahayana Presentation Except for Gelug Prasangika (part1)

New French translations online:

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

  • An Abbreviated Six-Session Yoga: 2001 Precise Poetic Translation

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