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On May 7, 2024, BDK representatives visited Yale University to inaugurate a limited Numata Program in Buddhist Studies.  While the first Numata Program was established at UC Berkeley in 1984 and six other American universities have been added since then, BDK’s relationship with Yale goes back to the founding of the English Tripitaka Translation project in 1982, when the late Prof. Stanley Weinstein served as the first chairman of the Publication Committee.  Since then, Prof. Koichi Shinohara has translated three volumes of A Forest of Pearls, which is published in the BDK series.  The establishment of this Numata Program at Yale will continue our long-standing relationship and will assure the advancement of an already distinguished program of Buddhist Studies at Yale.