Mangalam Research Center (MRC) explores new ways of presenting Buddhist knowledge to the modern world, focusing on language, research, translation, and cross-cultural dialogue.

Our goal is to make Buddhist insights accessible to a wide range of Western audiences. To help clarify the meaning of Buddhist terminology in the canonical languages and in translation, MRC supports research in language and translation studies and offers language training for a new generation of readers and scholars. To find points of connection between Buddhist and Western ideas, MRC sponsors and develops programs and publications that promote dialogue between Buddhism and modern culture.


Special interest courses are open to anyone in the Berkeley area interested in learning about Buddhist languages or cultures. Classes generally meet once or twice per week for 8 weeks. Advanced registration is appreciated.

Conferences & Retreats

Mangalam Research Center hosts transdisciplinary conferences, retreats, and training programs to further the conversation between Buddhism and Western traditions and to discover new ways to communicate Buddhist knowledge.

Language Programs

Mangalam Research Center offers a Summer Intensive Language Program in both Sanskrit and Tibetan