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MORAGA, Calif. - Feb. 11, 2017.  With the encouragement and support of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai in Japan, BDK America resumes hosting downloadable digital versions (PDF) of published volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series.

The initial list of 22 titles available in PDF is given below, and more titles will be added as they become available.

The dBET (digital BDK English Tripiṭaka) PDF versions of the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series volumes have been reformatted to reflect current style and minor typographical corrections and are in most cases identical to the print volumes for volumes published after 2013.

Note: dBET PDFs of older volumes include font and formatting changes that affected pagination, and in these cases they will not be a direct facsimile of the original print volume. We encourage scholars and other interested readers to consult and share the most current versions of our volumes in the dBET PDF versions that may be downloaded from the BDK America website at no charge.

The most current versions of dBET PDFs can be distinguished from earlier versions by a copyright date of 2016 or later (given on the title page).

Free for All, Including Scholars and Students. The dBET PDFs are freely distributable to other scholars or students under the Creative Commons license, as specifically identified on each PDF. Commercial use or modification of these documents are not permitted and proper attribution for the use of any or all of the text in other publications is required. BDK America will consider requests from Buddhist communities or scholars to allow modifications or commentary on a case-by-case basis.

More to Come. As dBET PDFs of additional volumes become available we will announce each new entry on our website and through the BDK America Bulletin (subscribe here).

The following volumes of BDK English Tripiṭaka Series in digital format (dBET) are now available, and for your convenience the files can be accessed directly from this listing:

How to Find These dBET PDFs 

We currently list all these titles with direct links from our overview page of available files here. This list will also be available from the Download link in our menu at the top of our web pages.

And we have another way to find these titles as well.

Digital Link from Product Pages

For every title in our BDK English Tripitaka Catalog that has a dBET PDF version, look for this logo on the product page. Click on the logo to access the PDF.