New ‘Other Languages’ website section and announcement for Dharma translators

Recently, due to several requests by people from non-English speaking countries wishing to translate the texts into their own languages, am happy to announce a new section on the website for translations into other languages. The first translation is a Russian version of the 8th Karmapa’s ‘One Day Meditation on Bodhicitta’ (Russian here, English original here).

Translation of any text is currently voluntary and without payment (although in the future, I may apply for funding to help fund this project and other translators). Translations will not be checked or edited but they will be published on the ‘Other Language’ section of the website, if deemed suitable. Thus, the responsibility for ensuring the translations are accurate and of high standard lies with the translator.

However, the basic requirements to translate any text from English into another language are as follows:

  1. Must be a native speaker of the language you are translating from English into.
  2. Fluency/high standard (at least C1) level of English.
  3. Must be a practicing or devout Buddhist for several years, with recognised teachers of genuine lineages.
  4. Must have a clear and demonstrable study background in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist Philosophy and Practice (for example, a postgraduate degree from a recognised university or a monastic shedra and/or retreat/intensive practice experience).
  5. A clear and demonstrable connection to the particular text/practice/or author.
  6. For sadhanas, must have an appropriate empowerment from a qualified teacher for that particular deity, teacher, lineage etc.
  7. For commentaries or philosophical texts, must have prior, demonstrable study of the topic in that text.

In particular, translations are welcome in Chinese, Spanish and Asian languages.

If you wish to translate a text published on this website from English into your own language, please contact here and say what text you would like to do (or have done) together with a brief bio about your background in Buddhism etc. including the names of teachers you follow, or have received empowerments from.

May the Buddha Dharma flourish in all languages, places and realms!

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