Happy New Year! I’m busy getting back into work and writing thank you notes for pressies received over the festive period. The best presents you can get I reckon, are books.  And they’re also the best to give because they can change lives. That’s why FutureDharma Fund supports the Translation Project, which is producing high quality translations of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma. By supporting translators working in a range of languages the Translations Project is helping make the Dharma available to more and more people.

Reading the Dharma in our own language helps us understand its relevance to our lives.

… this is quite an important principle, quite a fundamental principle, in fact, of Buddhism. That one should expound the Dharma to people in their own language, so that they can grasp them.  SANGHARAKSHITA

The Translations Project is already working in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and Spanish and will expand into other languages. Here’s what reading Sangharakshita in Polish means to some of our Polish sangha:

Studying the Survey of Buddhism on the Transcendental Principle turned my life upside down. I was able to understand the book thanks to having it in a Polish translation. I’m grateful for Sangharakshita’s genius and the translator’s effort. MARCIN

The first book I read about Buddhism was Sangharakshita’s the “Guide to the Buddhist Path”. This translated book, this treasure, completely changed my life, and gave me direction on the spiritual path like a lamp. In the Human Realm of the Wheel of Life, the Buddha is depicted with a book in his hand as the means by which we reach Enlightenment. Books are very important.  IRA

Sangharakshita’s book in Polish dispelled my doubts about the Dharma and showed me how to put the teachings into practice. As I don’t speak English and the Buddhist literature in Polish is modest, they are all the more valuable for me.  WOJTEK

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