Mission Statement

In consonance with Venerable Master Hsüan Hua’s aim of translating the Buddhist canon (Tripitaka) into the languages of the world, IITBT offers training and opportunities for individuals talented in languages to deepen their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings through shared inquiry and develop their inherent wisdom through a collaborative process of translating Buddhist texts. IITBT hosts Buddhist text translation projects, translation-based seminars and lectures, and a certificate program that nurture individuals to become translator-practitioners.

Structure & Programs

IITBT is committed to providing an open forum that incorporates study, practice, and service. In addition to organizing translation projects, the Institute also offers a rigorous translation training program providing students with the attention and training they need to become skilled translators.

Graduate Certificate in Buddhist Translation

The Graduate Certificate in Buddhist Translation provides an understanding and appreciation of Buddhist texts through close reading and translation practice.

Translation Projects

Explore ongoing and completed translation projects carried out by IITBT.

Summer Translation Seminar

Join us in-person for a seven-day seminar that combines collaborative translation with engaged Buddhist practice.