Vietnamese Tripitaka - Buddhist Sutra Translation

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Namo Sakyamuni Buddha

Buddhism has been propagating in Việt Nam for over 2000 years. Mahayana sutras and other sacred texts have often been taken from the Chinese Tripitaka and, until now, we do not have a complete Tripitaka in Vietnamese. Only a few Vietnamese can read and write Chinese characters. Yet there are still too many sutras that have not been translated. Members of The Tuệ Quang Wisdom Light Foundation Inc. have been concerned about this issue for the last several years. We recently have access to the original texts in the Chinese Tripitaka from the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA)  and we are committed to translate them into Vietnamese.

Our Program for the Development of a Vietnamese Tripitaka is divided into five stages:

1.      Develop computerized techniques to transcribe and translate the Chinese Tripitaka into Vietnamese,

2.      Transcribe the Chinese Tripitaka,

3.      Translate into Vietnamese,

4.      Edit and review by the Masters, and

5.      Publish through conventional printing and electronic means.

The CBETA Tripitaka is based on the Taisho Tripitaka and composed of 2372 sutras, vinayas (precepts) and sastras (commentaries) that have been organized into 56 volumes (volumes 1-55 and 85). Due to this large number of sacred texts, we have spent considerable efforts in developing computerized techniques for translating them. Please refer to  Computer Translation of the Taisho Tripitaka and  CBETA Taisho Index for more details. With this Website, we will provide the sutras and other sacred texts in both original Chinese and translated Vietnamese along with the Vietnamese sutras that have been translated by the Masters and other authors. The text files are compatible with MS-Word and compressed with WinZIP. Please download the necessary software (Chinese fonts, WinZip or Winrar) if your PC does not have them. Please read the sample Chinese-Vietnamese translation of the Amitabha Sutra and the Diamond SutraWe are also making available for download all files in the Chinese-Vietnamese Transcribed Tripitaka.The transcription and translation have been computerized using the  Thiều Chửu  Chinese-Vietnamese Dictionary and other Buddhist dictionaries.

At the present time, we have completed the translation (Stage 3 of Program) of all sacred texts in the Chinese Tripitaka (over 70 million words in 9035 fascicles/files). All 2372 sutras in the Chinese Tripitaka have been translated by computer in 28 hours. Please read through the sample translations of the Amitabha Sutra, Medicine Buddha Sutra and the Diamond Sutra below. These short sutras have been translated in less than 10 seconds. Larger sutras such as Kinh Hoa Nghiêm-Avatamsaka Sutra (80 fascicles) in 11 minutes, Đại Trí Độ Luận-Great Prajnaparamita Sastra (100 fascicles) in 17 minutes and Đại Bát Nhă-Great Prajna Sutra (600 fascicles) in 50 minutes.  We are making corrections to these files and updating them with modern Buddhist and Chinese-Vietnamese terms.

Buddhist texts are difficult to read and comprehend because there are numerous Chinese-Sanskrit terms and expressions with Buddhist-specific meanings. To assist the sutra reader, we have developed a Buddhist Multimedia Dictionary that provides explanations as well as photos and video links. These videos present Dharma talks from well-known Masters and other documentaries. Please try our new Sutra Reading with Buddhist Multimedia Dictionary   

The Masters and experts at the Buddhist Institutes in Việt Nam are ready to start  the editing and review of these files (Stage 4 of Program). The editing and review phase will occur over the next 10 years. It will only require a relatively modest budget for sponsoring about 50 editors in Việt Nam and overseas. 

With our unique computer translation software, the time requited for translating the Tripitaka is reduced from decades or even centuries if done manually to a few short years! The Tuệ Quang Wisdom Light Foundation Inc. hopes for the development of  a complete Vietnamese Tripitaka in the near future. Following its development, we hope to distribute it widely and for free through modern electronic means such as the Internet and CD/DVD.  Our efforts only represent small contributions towards the establishment of a Vietnamese Tripitaka. Our transcribed files are still subjected to errors, and we hope to receive guidance, assistance, cooperation and ideas from the Masters, respected authors and other Buddhists so that the Vietnamese Tripitaka will soon be successfully completed.




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Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders 2015

List of Mahayana Tripitaka Titles

Sutra of Dharma Flower Samadhi (Vietnamese/English)

Seven Versions of the Heart Sutra (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Eight Awakenings of Great Beings (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Maitreya's Birth and Attainment of Buddhahood (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Sutra Reading with Buddhist Multimedia Dictionary


Program to Translate Taisho Tripitaka into English & Other Western Languages

History of Buddhism in Vietnam

A Buddhist Perspective on Global Warming

United Nations Day of VESAK 2008

Press Conference in July 2006 at the Vietnamese Buddhist Research Institute (Buddhist Channel TV)



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Tripitaka References

List of Mahayana Tripitaka Titles

CBETA and Its Digital Tripitaka (Dr. Christian Wittern)

From CBETA to BIP and IBA  (Huimin Bhiksu)

Catalogue of Korean Buddhist Canon (Dr. Lewis Lancaster)

The Position of Chinese Tripitaka in World Buddhism (Master Yin Shun)



 Translated Sutras by Tuệ Quang Foundation

We have completed the transcription and a draft translation of all texts in the Taisho Tripitaka. There are in total 9035 files occupying 1.4 GB. Sample translations of the Amitabha Sutra and the Diamond Sutra are provided below. We are also making available for download all files in the Chinese-Vietnamese Transcribed Tripitaka. Please contact us for more information at  (

 Chinese-Vietnamese Transcribed Tripitaka (download)

Vietnamese Tripitaka Development Program

Computer Translation of the Chinese Tripitaka

 CBETA Taisho Tripitaka Index

Sutra Reading with Buddhist Multimedia Dictionary

Amitabha Sutra (Chinese/Vietnamese/English/French)

Diamond Sutra (Chinese/Vietnamese/English/French)

Eight Awakenings of Great Beings (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Heart Sutra (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Maitreya's Birth and Attainment of Buddhahood (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Seven Versions of the Heart Sutra (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Sutra of Casket Seal Dharani (Chinese/Vietnamese/English)

Sutra of Dharma Flower Samadhi (Vietnamese/English)


Translated Sutras by Others


The following sutras have been dynamically linked with the Buddhist Multimedia Glossary that has been recently created by Tue Quang Wisdom Light Foundation to enhance the reader's understanding of the precious Buddha teachings

Heart Sutra
Diamond Sutra
Satipatthana Sutra
Heart Wisdom Sutra: Also Heart Sutra
Heart Sutra: Different Version
Great Parinirvana Sutra
Diamond Sutra
Sutra of Kindness of parents
Buddha Speaks Ullambana Sutra
Hei Neng Sutra
Lotus Sutra
Dharmapada Sutra
Innumerable Meanings Sutra
Samantabhadra Contemplation Sutra
Shurangama Sutra
Brahma Net Sutra
Gangottara Sutra
Lankavatara Sutra
Sutra on the Buddha of Eternal Life
Srimala Devi Sutra
Deep Kindness of Parents Sutra
Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra
The Ten Wholesome Ways of Actions Sutra
Sutra on the Eight Realizations
One Hundred Fables Sutra
Buddha Speaks The Sutra on Cause and Effect in The Three Periods of Time
The Demonstration of the Inconceivable State of Buddhahood Sutra
The Mahayana Dharma-realm without Distinction
The One Way in Sutra
The Sutra Called Flawless Purity
The Sutra on the Four Grounds of Mindfulness
Scripture on Contemplation of the Practices of Bodhisattva Universal Worthy
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra
The Sutra on Praise of the Pure Land and Protection by Shakyamuni Buddha
The Buddha's Words on Kindness
The Sutra of the Master of Healing
The Sayings of the Buddha in Forty-Two Sections
Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion
Gaathaas in Praise of the Buddha Amitaabha
Seventy Verses on Sunyata
The Enlightenment Sutra
Sutra on the Merits and Original Vows
Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra
The Vajrasamadhi Sutra
The Sutra On The Ten wholesome Ways Of Action
The Sutra On The Dharani of Peaceful Home
The Sutra of Meditation on The Bodhisattva Universal Virtue
The Sutra on the Buddha Amitayus
The Gangottara Sutra
Tathagata's Unimaginable State Sutra
Buddha speaks Mahayana Sublime Treasure King Sutra
Great Compassion Dharani Sutra
Lankavatara Sutra
Bodhi-dharma's Bloodstream Sermon
Buddha Speaks Infinite Life Sutra
Compassionate Lotus Sutra
Compassionate Lotus Sutra v.7
Compassionate Lotus Sutra v.8
Compassionate Lotus Sutra: The Great Master Made His Vows
Compassionate Lotus Sutra: The Vows on the Supernatural
Contemplation Sutra
Sutra in Forty-Two Sections
Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata
Sutra on The Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala
Sutra on the Lotus Flower of the Wondrous Dharma
The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
The Sutra on Impermanence
The Sutra Preached by the Buddha on the Total Extinction of the Dharma
The Sutra On The Merit Of Bathing The Buddha
Mahayana Sutra of the Holy Infinite-Life Resolute Radiance King Tathagata Dharani
Sutra of Maitreya Bodhisattva's Attainment of Buddhahood
Sutra of Neither Increase nor Decrease
The Heart of the Mother of Seven Koti Buddhas
Sutra of the Total Annihilation of the Dharma
Mahavaipulya Sutra of the Tathagata's Inconceivable State
Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Everywhere Radiance-Store Wordless Dharma Door
Sutra of Maha-Prajña-Paramita Pronounced by Mañjusri Bodhisattva
Sutra of the Buddha-Crown Superb Victory Dharani

 Sanghata Sutra in Various Languages


Download Software 

Please download the following Windows software if your PC does not have them yet:

Chinese Font Arial Unicode 16 (23 MB) -- Chinese Font MS Song (3 MB) -- Font Siddam

   VietKey (10MB)  -- WinZip (6 MB)

Vietnamese-English-French Online Dictionaries


Other Websites

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BuddhaSasana - Fodian - Plum Village



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Tuệ Quang Wisdom Light Foundation
206 Black Eagle Ave
Henderson, NV 89002, USA



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