Our Projects

We have two major projects. The first of these concerns secret books of the Wisdom Tradition. Seeing the evidence for the existence of these books, we wanted to find them. But how does one do this? These secret books, contrary to some popular opinion, do not come from outer space, but in fact are seen to be closely related to the publicly known books of the East. The next step, then, was to assemble these public books in their original languages. This is the second major project. It is clear that if you cannot read the public books, you will not be able to read the secret books when they are found. So this also entails the study of Sanskrit, and secondarily Tibetan.

1. The Book of Dzyan Project

In The Secret Doctrine, by H. P. Blavatsky, a secret book of the Wisdom Tradition was brought out in English translation for the first time. It was given the generic name, Book of Dzyan, meaning Book of Wisdom. Although its original language was described as being Senzar, a secret language, translations of it into Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese were referred to. It is these that we seek. A second secret book came out shortly thereafter, translated as The Voice of the Silence. Its original was there called the Book of the Golden Precepts. The existence of many more secret books is claimed in the Introductory to The Secret Doctrine, and evidence that a considerable number of important ancient books once existed but are now lost is there given. It is our view that until an original language text of the Book of Dzyan is found, thereby showing that the Wisdom Tradition really exists, it will never be taken seriously by the world. Research for this long-term project is ongoing. Some results of this research can be seen in our book, Blavatsky's Secret Books: Twenty Years' Research, San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf, 1999, in articles posted on this website, and in the Book of Dzyan blog at dzyan.net.

2. The Buddhist, Hindu, and Jaina Scriptures Collection: Sourcebooks of the Wisdom Tradition

Inspired by the work of Bu-ston, who edited the Tibetan Kangyur and compiled the Tibetan Tengyur, we undertook to assemble the canonical texts of the three spiritual traditions of ancient India: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Over the past few decades, we have sought out the best editions of these texts in their original languages, and often have tried to obtain all editions, as well as English translations. We regard these scriptures as the joint canon of the Wisdom Tradition that has come down to us. Ancient India was the home of the Wisdom Tradition, from which it spread to other lands. Direct portions of it were preserved in these texts, making them sourcebooks of the Wisdom Tradition. We have begun to make digital scans of some of these available, posted at the Book of Dzyan blog under the Sanskrit Texts tab (dzyan.net). Listings of some of these are found in our Bibliographic Guides on this website.

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