2024 Seminar on Reading & Translating Buddhist Texts
August 4 – 10, 2024

Dharma Realm Buddhist University
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Ukiah, CA

This seven-day seminar held in the peaceful setting of a Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Ukiah, California—the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas—will introduce participants to early Buddhist literature. Working with Buddhist practitioners who are experienced translators, participants will read a selected work and related commentaries. The seminar will offer multiple tracks for translating Buddhist texts into several languages (Those who know only the target language(s) are also welcome to apply. They can serve as editors in the groups). This year, we will offer a Youth Group specifically designed for participants aged 14 and under.

  • (A) From Classical Chinese to English
  • (B) From Classical Chinese or English to Spanish
  • (C) From Classical Chinese or English to Korean
  • (D) From Classical Chinese or English to French
  • (E) From Classical Chinese or English to Norwegian
  • (F) Youth Group (ages 14 and under)

Seminar Outcomes

  • Read and translate a selected Chinese Buddhist text
  • Use key reference tools for the study and translation of Buddhist texts
  • Attend daily meditation and ceremonies
  • Participate in other activities of interest


  1. Those applying to (A) should have at least one year of Classical Chinese before applying. A limited number of exceptions will be granted to interested applicants to (A) who are qualified in other ways.
  2. Those applying to (B), (C), (D), or (E) should either be native speakers or have some experience reading literary texts. Knowledge of English, Chinese, and Buddhism are preferred but not required.

Knowledge of Buddhist history and philosophy is helpful, but not required. Applications will be accepted based on suitability.


$250.00 (food, lodging, and materials)



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