A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images
A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images

Buddha translation from ancient Tibetan to English a 100-year task, say volunteers and scholars 10 years into the job

  • English translations of all available Buddhist texts will be made freely available on an app – but the massive project won’t be completed for another 90 years
  • The editorial co-director of the project says ‘the work may not be economically productive, but we humans really need meaning as well as material prosperity’

Topic |   Religion
A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images
A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads sacred texts. Scholars, teachers and volunteers have embarked on a translation of all the Buddhist scripture in ancient Tibetan, a task that, 10 years into it, they estimate will take until the year 2110 to complete. Photo: Getty Images
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