The purpose of Mangalam Research Center (MRC) is to discover new ways of presenting Buddhist knowledge to the modern world through translation and dialogue.

MRC’s language programs focus on key Buddhist terminology in the canonical languages of Sanskrit, Pāli, Gāndhārī, Tibetan, and Chinese, as well as in translation.
MRC also promotes the ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and modern culture to find better ways of communicating authentic Buddhist knowledge to Western audiences.


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 the world's first Post-Baccalaureate program in Buddhist Language and Translation Studies, and also offers a Summer Intensive Language Programs in both Sanskrit and Tibetan