84000, a non-profit global initiative to translate the words of the Buddha into modern languages, has marked their tenth anniversary with a new video campaign titled “Save Wisdom Now” that tells the story of the project.
The organization is working to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, the world’s largest and oldest collections of writings with 230,000 pages “locked within the fading Classical Tibetan language.”
84000 was founded following a 2009 conference of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers, translators, and academics, where it was concluded that less than 5 per cent of the Canon had been translated into a language spoken today. In their 10 years, they have translated over 30% of the sutras from the Canon. The translations are all freely available on 84000’s digital library for the public to read.
This weekend, they are pairing the launch of the video, voiced by British actress Joanna Lumley, with a “Like and Share” campaign running until June 7th. “With one click,” they write “help preserve the world’s largest archive of wisdom.”
Watch the video above and learn the story of 84000.