Translating Buddhist Texts
The Making of an English Buddhist Canon



Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (BDK) continues its long-term project of translating Chinese Buddhist texts from the Taishō canon into English. Join us for a day of discussions about the intricacies of translating Buddhist texts, and about the editorial process of turning manuscripts into finished books.


May 3, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm


Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


Jan Nattier, Professor of Buddhist Studies (ret.) Indiana University
Paul Harrison, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, Oxford University
Kenneth Tanaka, Professor of Buddhist Studies (ret.), Musashino University and BDK Tokyo Editorial Committee
Charles Muller, Professor, Center for Evolving Humanities, Tokyo University and BDK America Publication Committee

Celebrating 40 Years

This event is part of the 40th anniversary of BDK America. Established as the first overseas affiliate of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai in 1978, BDK America oversees editing and production of the BDK English Tripiṭaka project (continuing with the work of the former Numata Center for Buddhist Translation).

Sponsored by BDK America
1675 School Street, Moraga, CA 94556
Ph. (925) 388-0067
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary


   Flyer for the May 3, 2018 Symposium on Translating Buddhist Texts

Plan for Parking. Please allow adequate time to locate parking in the busy downtown Berkeley area. The limited parking at the Jodo Shinshu Center lot is restricted to staff and tenants of the Jodo Shinshu Center, where many of its programs continue during the presentation. Almost all street parking is metered and limited in duration, so we recommend that you use any of several parking structures nearby, including the Berkeley-Telegraph/Channing Parking Garage three blocks away at 2450 Durant Avenue. Such structures have parking fees but are open to the public. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank You Jodo Shinshu Center. BDK and BDK America are grateful to the Jodo Shinshu Center for its kind accommodation of the event during this busy time.