Dalai Lama Urges Translation of Buddhist Texts into Tibetan

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Tibetan said teachings of Buddha and Buddhist texts, which were not available in Tibetan language, should be translated into Tibetan.

"We must translate those sutras that are written in Pali and are not available in Tibetan," said the Dalai Lama while addressing the valedictory function of the four-day 'Tenggyur Translation Conference: 'Tenggyur Translation Conference: In the tradition of the 17 Pandits of Nalanda', organised by Central University of Tibetan Studiesthe Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) Sarnath and the American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, on Tuesday.

The Buddhist leader said that a number of sutras had already been translated and further enriched into Tibetan by Tibetan and Indian scholars. But there were many other Buddhist texts that must be translated into Tibetan.

The 4-day Tengyur Translation was attended by 175 translators and research scholars including 60 participants from U.S.A., Germany, France, Japan, U.K., Taiwan.

Some information for this report was provided by Tibetpost and the Times of India