Welcome to the home page of The Buddhist Centre Online’s Translation Project. We’re aiming to translate the main texts and ceremonies used in the Triratna Buddhist Community into as many of the world’s languages as possible. That’s an ambitious project, but we’re a worldwide community and between us we are in touch with all the people we need to make it happen!
We’ll be working in language-based groups - see below for the ones we’ve created so far, and please do join any you are interested in. Especially, please pass news of this project to any friends skilled in the more unusual languages… Klingon, anyone?! We’re aiming to translate the same groups of texts into all languages - The Dedication Ceremony, the Refuges and Precepts, the Threefold Puja, then introductions to the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations, also basic Buddhism and an introduction to the Triratna Buddhist Community and how it works. After that comes a follow-on project to collect recordings of all the above spoken or chanted by native speakers - please let us know if you’d like to contribute to that.
Here’s what we’ve got so far -
Afrikaans | Albanian | Amharic | Arabic | Aramaic | Armenian | Balinese | Bantu | Basque | Belarusan | Bengali | Berber | Breton | Bulgarian | Cantonese | Catalan | Chechen | Cherokee | Cheyenne | Chinese | Coptic | Cree | Creole | Croatian | Czech | Danish | Dutch | Egyptian | Eskimo | Esperanto | Estonian | Farsi | Finnish | Flemish | French | Gaelic | German | Greek | Hawaiian | Hausa | Hebrew | Hindi | Hungarian | Icelandic | Indonesian | Irish | Italian | Japanese | Kannada | Khmer | Klingon | Konkani | Korean | Kurdish | Lao | Lakhota | Latin | Latvian | Lithuanian | Macedonian | Malay | Malayalam | Maltese | Manchu | Mandinka | Manx | Maori | Marathi | Mohawk | Mongolian | Myanmar | Navajo | Nepalese | Norwegian | Oriya | Pali | Pidgin | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Quechua | Quenya | Rasta | Romanian | Romany | Russian | Samoan | Sanskrit | Serbian | Sign Language | Sinhalese | Slovak | Slovene | Sogdian | Somali | Sorbian | Spanish | Swabian | Swahili | Swedish | Tagalog | Taiwanese | Tahitian | Tamil | Telugu | Thai | Tibetan | Tongan | Turkish | Ukrainian | Urdu | Uyghur | Uzbek | Vietnamese | Walloon | Welsh | Wolof | Xhosa | Yoruba | Zulu
All the above have been assembled into a handsome hardback book, ‘Buddhist Ceremonies in Many Languages’, available from Lulu.
You can also click here for a summary of the main Triratna Dharma Resources already in translation. Languages in bold but not hyperlinked indicate that the Triratna Buddhist Community has an active group in that language, but don’t yet have anything up on the web.
Any questions, comments or suggestions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.