BDK America Temporarily Halts Taking New Orders

Decision Affects Free Resources Only

Apologies for the Inconvenience

Moraga, Calif.  November 20, 2017 — In the last two days, BDK America has been the happy beneficiary of as many orders as it has received otherwise in November. These welcome orders are thanks to the rapid sharing of information on the Internet. That is, the information about our offer — selected Buddhist materials sent free anywhere in the continental United States — was spread widely and enthusiastically on several websites.

Temporary Hold. To be responsible for the orders taken so far, and to have the time to secure additional inventory, we have reluctantly decided to place a temporary hold on all new orders of our free resources. This temporary hold will give us the time it takes for us to catch up and focus on our customers who have already placed orders. Therefore we are temporarily “unpublishing” the catalogs of our free resources. 


This means you may have navigated to a link for ordering a particular book only to discover that it is not available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We appreciate your patience while we respond to the thousands of orders received in the short term. It is our goal to restore your ability to order our free offerings as soon as possible.Realistically we may not be able to restore access to free materials until the latter part of December 2017. If you would like a confirmation of when free orders may be available, subscribe to our occasional BDK Bulletin, and we will alert you as to when we are accepting free orders again. Subscribe here

If You Received an Order Confirmation

If you already ordered your free product or products, please be assured that we will honor the order in almost every case. It may, however, take a few more weeks than normal for us to get you the products ordered because of limitations in our own inventory and other resources. If the delay is significant, we will reach out to you to let you know what to expect. In a few orders the quantities requested raised questions for us and we will reach out to such customers individually.

Slight Qualifications

Unsolicited publicity about our offers sometimes misses some slight quaifications, which we would like to make clear. Specifically, our free publications are not free under all circumstances. 

  • Shipping Restrictions. We are unable to honor orders outside the continental United States even if the person ordering would pay for the shipping. When our catalog and shopping cart are back online for free materials, language there makes this policy clear, and refer the requestor to BDK organizations serving other regions.
  • Reserved Rights Based on Our Own Judgment. We attempt to fill all requests where possible, but we reserve the right to not fill all orders on occasion. For example, if we receive a request for large quantities of a publication, we will typically reach out to the requestor for clarification and more information. 

For more information see also our FAQs

Temporary Hold Does Not Affect our Books for Sale

Our books for sale, including volumes in the BDK English Tripitaka series, are not affected by this temporary withdrawal of availability.

As for our free resources, please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Temporary Hold Does Not Affect our PDF Downloads

Our products available for download as PDFs, including two of the print pamphlets currently on hold,, are not affected by this temporary withdrawal of availability.

As for our free resources, please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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