84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

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84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, also known as 84000, is a Buddhist translation group that focuses on translating Buddhist texts from classical Buddhist languges into modern languages. Their current focus is on translating the Kangyur and Tengyur from classical Tibetan into modern English. The name comes from the 84,000 methods Buddha is said to have taught as a way to attein true peace and freedom from suffering. From the 84000 vision page:[1]

"It is said that the Buddha taught more than 84,000 methods to attain true peace and freedom from suffering. As of 2010, only 5% of these teachings were translated into modern languages. Due to the rapid decline in the knowledge of classical Buddhist languages (such as Tibetan, Pali, Sanskrit and classical Chinese) and in the number of qualified scholars, we are in danger of losing this cultural heritage and spiritual legacy."

"84000’s primary focus for translation is the canonical Tibetan texts included in the Kangyur and Tengyur. The canonical texts in Pali and Chinese are beyond the scope of our work at present. At the moment, 84000 is concentrating on translations into English, as there are very few canonical texts available in the English language. Translations into other modern languages will be looked into when resources are available."

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