The words in the title probably mean little to you. But they mean a lot to me!
It was nearly three years ago that I conceived the plan—the crazy, ambitious, impossible plan—to create an entirely new translation of the 4 main Nikayas. Countless people believed, for some reason, that this was not a doomed folly, and offered their support.
Of all those, I want to make a special mention of my dear friend and loyal supporter, Dustin. He and his family have supported me here at Qimei, not asking for anything, and helping me with anything I needed.
Almost every day, I have worked, a little at a time, trying to serve the Buddha’s word to the best of my very limited ability. I have no secrets, no special methods, just patience and persistence.
And today I am very proud to announce that I’ve completed these four Nikayas. The words in the title, signifying that the Long Discourses are complete, were the last words to translate. I feel so blessed and grateful to have had this chance, and hope my work will help bring the light of Dhamma to this benighted world.
There is still a long road ahead before the texts are ready to be published. Now begins the task of proofreading and correcting. I hope to be ready to publish early next year.