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HCBSS Research Projects

HCBSS currently supports three ongoing research projects.

Buddhist Manuscript Project

This project seeks to foster international collaboration and understanding of the different Buddhist manuscript finds worldwide through hosting workshops and conferences on a regular basis. The goal of the project is to publish a state of the field survey of recent research on Buddhist manuscripts, and to facilitate networking among the various international project groups now working in this area. The project held a major conference at Stanford, June 15-19, 2009: "Indic Buddhist Manuscripts: The State of the Field."

For more information, contact Prof. Paul Harrison, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Building 70, Room 71E, Main Quad, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305; E-mail

Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra Project

This project will provide a varied set of opportunities for scholars to explore the texts, teachings, and history, of the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra. The first workshop of the project was held at Stanford during summer 2008. A second workshop took place at Munich in summer 2010.

For more information, e-mail

Sōtō Zen Text Project

The website for this project has been closed by the Soto Zen Text Project, as we revise our translations in preparation for the project’s forthcoming publications of the Denkō roku (2017) and Shōbōgenzō (2020).

Translations of the Shōbōgenzō previously appearing on this site can be found in the Soto Zen journal Dharma Eye, beginning with issue number 9 (October 2001). Available online at this site.

The SZTP translation of the Soto School Scriptures for Daily Services and Practice (Sōtōshu nikka gongyō seiten) is available online at this site.

For information on how to purchase the SZTP translation of the Standard Observances of the Soto Zen School (Sōtōshū gyōji kihan), contact the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center at:

Other inquiries about SZTP and its translations should be directed to:

Please do not direct inquiries to the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford.