About Mangalam Research Center

Since its founding in 2009, the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages has established itself as one of the premier centers for Buddhist language studies. Its programs have been attended by prominent scholars from around the world, and it has received several grants in support of its conferences and translation projects.

The Five Principle Research Fields at Mangalam Research Center

  1. Canonical languages: Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Pāli, and Gāndhārī.
  2. Advanced philology, linguistics, and lexicography training
  3. Historical context: Text transmission and translation of Dharma across cultures and across history
  4. Philosophical context: Buddhist philosophy and thought in texts; comparative developments in Western intellectual history
  5. Hermeneutics and translation theory

MRC Vision and Mission

Academic History

Mangalam Research Center offered its first educational programs in the summer of 2010, when it hosted a three-week long graduate seminar led by six prominent academics. Since then, it has continued to offer educational programs and language training at various levels, with a special focus on the study of classical Sanskrit and classical Tibetan languages. More details about our history.

We are fortunate to have as our academic director one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist canonical languages: Professor Luis Gómez. Our previous co-director was the late Michael Hahn. MRC also has an active research program through which senior researchers spend a year or more in residence, and is also engaged in a major initiative in the digital humanities, the Buddhist Translators Workbench, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Mangalam Research Center Library is located on the ground floor. A dining hall is located on the lower level.


All courses are taught at Mangalam Research Center’s permanent home in a beautiful, land-marked building in the heart of downtown Berkeley, California, one block from the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART), providing direct access to San Francisco. Located just a few minutes walk from the University of California, Berkeley, MRC enjoys a close working relationship with the University and with the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, an hour’s drive to the south.

Support Our Work

Mangalam Research Center (MRC) is a non-profit organization. We are able to continue our work in preservation, research and translation thanks to generous donations made by those who appreciate and understand the importance of our efforts. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and make a contribution toward the fulfillment of MRC’s mission.