Attended a conference at Hsi Lai Monastery in Los Angeles the first week of June, to investigate translation of Buddhist Sutras. Dr. Ron Epstein and I joined distinguished scholars to discuss progress in understanding the Buddha's spoken teachings. Many of the participants had been students of Prof. Lewis Lancaster over the years; I got reacquainted with Bill Powell, Carl Bielefeldt, Dr. Lancaster, and other friends, including Bill Porter (Red Pine), whose translations of Chinese Buddhist prose and poetry are highly regarded.
Ron Epstein and I reported on the work being done by the Buddhist Text Translation Society, including our new translation of the Shurangama Sutra, which arrived from the printers just this week.
Highlights of the Conference included discussion of a proposed "Sutra Summer Camp" that could bring together both experienced and novice translators in a pleasant setting to share the tools and techniques of translation, combined with regular practice of the Dharma.