Chinese Buddhist Scripture Translated to Vietnamese in One Day
07-24-2018    Thanhniennews.com
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>A Buddhist scripture comprising over 2,000 texts preserved in nearly 70 million Chinese characters has been translated into Vietnamese in just one day using a new computer program developed in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region></st1:place>. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Chinese Buddhist Canon, which contains texts or sutras from Nikaya and Mahayana schools has been translated into Vietnamese within only 28 hours, though the rendition is somewhat crude. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>On July 17<SUP>th </SUP>(Tuesday), the Center for Vietnamese National Studies and the <st1:country-region w:st="on">Vietnam</st1:country-region>s Buddhist Research Institue held a press conference in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ho Chi Minh City</st1:place></st1:City> to introduce the translation program.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>At the conference, Doctor Tran Tien Khanh, a Vietnamese-American said he and the US-based Tue Quang foundation C a group of Vietnamese-Americans dedicated to Buddhist research and translation C has developed and perfected the computer program during the last two years.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Khanh said though the Chinese Buddhist Canon has already been translated in principle, another two years is needed for around 50 Vietnamese monks and experts to edit and proofread the translation.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Khanh said the software only took 10 seconds to translate short sutras like the Amita, Bhaisajyaguru or Vajra, which all compose the Chinese Buddhist Canon.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The scripture was translated from the electronic texts developed over the years by the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association which donated the Tue Quang foundation a copy in 2002.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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