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work progress third quarter 2009

Alexander Berzin

Foreword

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

Third Quarter 2009

28 September 2009

English audio files sent for reedited:

  • Explanation of Eight-Verse Attitude-Training (7 parts)

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

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (part 1)
  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.11.18 class)

Transcribed English audio files sent for proofreading:

  • Strategies for Deconstructing Jealousy (4 parts)
  • Dealing with Disturbing Emotions: Attachment (1 part)

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 (part 2)

New Russian translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 12 – 13)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Completed Arabic translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

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

21 September 2009

New English audio files online:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

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

  • Tonglen (Giving and Taking) in the Context of Equalizing and Exchanging One’s Attitudes about Self and Others (part 1)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Analysis of Free Will versus Determinism (1 part)

English transcripts sent for editing:

  • How the Mind Makes Appearances: The Chittamatra and Prasangika Explanations According to the Gelug Tradition

New German translations online:

  • Explanation of The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche (6 parts)

New bilingual English – German audio files online:

  • Avoiding Mixing Ego with Dharma Practice (2 parts)

New bilingual English – Russian audio files online:

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

Completed Russian translation that arrived and was sent for editing:

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

Completed Chinese translations that arrived and will need editing:

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

  • Disrupting the Faith?

  • Meeting the Challenge of Modernization in Mongolia

Completed and edited Arabic translations that arrived:

  • 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 Urdu translation:

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

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

14 September 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Seven-Part Cause and Effect Quintessence Teaching for Developing Bodhicitta (parts 3 – 4)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.13 class)

English audio file sent for transcribing:

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2009.01.20 class)

New bilingual English – German audio file recorded:

  • Analysis of Free Will versus Determinism (1 part)

Edited German translations that arrived and were sent for proofreading:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

New Spanish translations online:

  • Brief Presentation of the Main Points about Karma

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • General Presentation of Shamatha and Vipashyana

New Russian translations online:

  • Secondary Bodhisattva Vows

Completed Russian translation that arrived and was sent for editing:

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

Completed and edited Arabic translations that arrived and that were sent for final proofreading:

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

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

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

  • The Situations of Buddhism and Islam in China, 1996

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

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

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

  • A Buddhist View of Islam

  • The Relation between Buddhism and Sufism

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

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

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

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • 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

  • Buddhism and Science

  • The Current Situation of Buddhism in the World

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

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

Completed Urdu translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism: A Conversation with Snjezana Akpinar and Alex Berzin

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

  • A Buddhist View of Islam

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

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

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

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

  • 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

  • Buddhism and Science

  • The Current Situation of Buddhism in the World

7 September 2009

New English audio transcripts online:

  • Going from Renunciation to Compassion (1 part)

  • Explanation of Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (5 parts)

  • Explanation of Eight-Verse Attitude-Training (7 parts)

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

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 (2003.11.04 class)

New Russian translations online:

  • Basic Scheme of the Five Aggregate Factors of Experience

Re-edited online Russian articles:

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

New Spanish translations online:

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

Completed and edited Arabic translations that arrived:

  • Historical Survey of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

31 August 2009

New English articles online:

  • The Five Aggregate Factors of Experience, Twelve Cognitive Stimulators, and Eighteen Cognitive Sources

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

Edited English audio files that arrived:

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

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 (2003.10.28 class)

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Seven-Part Cause and Effect Quintessence Teaching for Developing Bodhicitta (parts 1 – 2)

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

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Explanation of The Heart Sutra (4 parts)
  • Introductory Survey of Lam-rim (4 parts)

New German translations online:

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

Edited English-German bilingual audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.07.08, 2003.07.15, 2003.07.22, 2003.07.29, 2003.08.05, and 2003.08.12 classes)

24 August 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (parts 7 – 8)

Transcribed audio files sent for proofreading:

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

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

  • Explanation Bodhisattva Garland of Gems (7 parts)

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

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

  • The Nature of Mental Appearances – Gelug Explanation (parts 4 – 5)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.04.15 class)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.10.21 class)

New Spanish articles online:

  • Introductory Lecture on Karma

New Russian articles online:

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

  • Biography of Nagarjuna;

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Completed Urdu translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Introduction to Buddhism from an Islamic Point of View

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

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

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

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

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

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

  • The Situations of Buddhism and Islam in China, 1996

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

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

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

  • A Survey of Tibetan History (4 chapters)

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

  • Tibeto-Mongolian Astrology and Karma

  • Tibetan Astro Sciences (2 chapters)

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

17 August 2009

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (parts 5 – 6)

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

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

  • Building Up a Healthy Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher (1 part)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.10.07 class)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Biography of Nagarjuna

New Spanish translations online:

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

Articles sent for Spanish translation:

  • Discerning and Stabilizing Meditations (Analytical and Formal Meditations)

Completed French translations sent for editing:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

Edited French translations sent for proofreading:

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

Articles sent for Czech translation:

  • Dharma in Daily Life

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

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

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

10 August 2009

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.04.08 and 2009.01.06 classes)

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (parts 3 and 4)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.09.30 class)

Completed Spanish translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Identifying the Objects of Safe Direction (Refuge)

  • How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments

New Russian translations online:

  • Suggestions Regarding Overseas Dharma Centers

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

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

Edited Chinese translations that arrived and are ready to go online:

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

Completed Chinese translations sent for editing:

  • The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Some Common Features of Islam and Buddhism

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

  • Religious Conversion in Shambhala

Articles sent for Urdu translation:

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

  • The Spread of Buddhism in Asia

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in East Turkistan

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in Afghanistan

  • Historical Sketch of the Muslims of Tibet

  • Historical Sketch of the Hui Muslims of China

  • Buddhism among the Turkic People

3 August 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Introductory Survey of Lam-rim (4 parts)

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

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.03.04 and 2008.04.01 classes)

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

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.09.23 class)

Completed Russian translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

  • Suggestions Regarding Overseas Dharma Centers

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Four Axioms for Examining a Dharma Teaching

Edited Chinese translations that arrived and are ready to go online:

  • Buddhism and Science

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

Completed Urdu translations that arrived and were sent for editing:

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

  • Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue

Completed and edited Arabic translations that arrived and were sent for final editing:

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

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

Completed Hindi translations that arrived and will need editing:

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

  • The Buddhist View toward Other Religions

27 July 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Overview of the Four Noble Truths (1 part)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (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 (2003.07.29, 2003.08.05, and 2003.08.12 classes)

  • Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra (2008.02.26 class)

English audio files sent for audio editing:

  • Introductory Survey of the Lam-rim Graded Stages of the Path (4 parts)

English audio files sent for transcribing:

  • Overview of the Four Noble Truths (1 part)

Edited German translations that arrived:

  • Explanation of The Foundation for Good Qualities – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche I

New Russian translations online:

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 9)

New Russian translations sent for editing:

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

  • Basic Scheme of the Five Aggregate Factors of Experience

Online Russian translations sent for re-editing:

  • Introduction to Dzogchen

New Spanish translations online:

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

New Portuguese translations online:

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

New Polish translations online:

  • Message from Ling Rinpoche

  • Actions for Training from Taking Safe Direction

  • Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Life

Articles sent for Arabic translation:

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

  • Historical Sketch of Buddhism and Islam in West Turkistan

20 July 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Meditations for Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (6 parts)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of the Meaning and Use of a Mandala

  • Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory (part 1)

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 (2003.07.15, 2003.07.22 classes)

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

  • Cognizing the Voidness of the Self in Terms of the Five Aggregates (part 1)

Completed German translations sent for editing:

  • Interview for the Kalmyk Mandala Magazine Concerning Buddhist Translation

  • Special Features of the Gelug Tradition

New Russian translations online:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapter 8)

New bilingual English-Spanish audio files online:

  • Meditations for Recognizing the Five Types of Deep Awareness (7 parts)

Completed Chinese translations sent for editing:

  • Buddhism and Science

  • The Buddhist View of Other Religions

  • Survey of the Basic Forms of Buddhism

Completed Tamil translations that arrived and will need editing:

  • Buddhism and Science

13 July 2009

New English audio files online:

  • Weekly course: on Meditation Practice on the Graded Stages of the Path (Lam-rim)

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of The Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (parts 4-5)

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

  • A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra – Tsongkhapa (2007.11.20, 2008.02.19 classes)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.06.24, 2003.07.01, 2003.07.08 classes)

Bilingual English-German audio files sent for editing:

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (classes from 3 June 2003 through 20 January 2004)

New Russian translations online:

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

  • The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma

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

Completed Russian translations sent for editing:

  • The Historical Interaction between the Buddhist and Islamic Cultures before the Mongol Empire (chapters 8 – 9)

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Life of Atisha

  • Biography of Nagarjuna

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

New Spanish translations online:

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

  • The Abbreviated Points of the Graded Path – Tsongkhapa

Completed and edited French translations that arrived:

  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher in Two Lifetimes

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

6 July 2009

New English audio files online:

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

Proofread transcripts of online English audio files that arrived:

  • Explanation of The Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices (parts 2-3)

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

  • A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra – Tsongkhapa (2008.02.12 class)

  • Explanation of the Ninth Chapter, “Discriminating Awareness,” from Shantideva’s Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (2003.06.03 and 2003.06.17classes)

New Spanish translations online:

  • Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

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

  • Impermanence as a Resource for Building Healthy Relationships

New German translations online:

  • A Short Commentary on Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices ­ – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai lama (3 parts)

New Russian translations online:

  • Proposal for a Memorial for the Tibetan Holocaust

  • Tibetan Buddhist-Jewish Dialogue: Brief Report

  • How to Deal with Negative Emotions

Articles sent for Russian translation:

  • The Purpose and Benefits of Debate;

  • Suggestions Regarding Overseas Dharma Centers;

Online Russian translations sent for re-editing:

  • Actions for Training from the Pledged State of Aspiring Bodhicitta

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