— jtb, 2009
Thanks to the generous efforts of about three dozen volunteers over the last 18 months, we've released onto the Internet more than 50 Dhamma books. As you might imagine, managing a project like this takes considerable time and effort. The time has come for me to take a breather, and I am suspending this project until further notice. I will continue adding new Dhamma books and sutta translations to the website, but at a much more leisurely pace, and not as part of a large coordinated project.
The Path of Purification, so ably transcribed by a group of 19 volunteers, is now in the hands of the BPS, which will assemble those transcriptions and proofread them, in preparation for the book's reprinting sometime in the next year or two.
Begun in the spring of 2005, The Dhamma Transcription Project formalizes the ad hoc transcription procedures that I've been following over the past few years. The aims of the project are threefold:
There are no strict deadlines. You decide how fast you want to work — take a week or take six months; it's up to you. For details on the procedures, see "Instructions for transcribers."
Please take your time to enjoy the process and to give yourself a chance to learn a little Dhamma as you transcribe. Although there are no strict deadlines for this project, if you think you may need more than a couple of months to complete the transcription, or you if you run into unexpected delays along the way, please drop me a note to let me know. If at any point you run out of steam, or you're just not enjoying transcribing the particular book you chose, that's perfectly fine — just let me know and, if possible, send me whatever you have completed. Any little bit that you complete is valuable and greatly appreciated.