October 15, 2009

Now available in Khmer

On the Khmer Buddhist website, I’ve noticed a number of recent Khmer translations posted (that’s translations from English into Khmer).In the ever more interconnected domain of Buddhist publishing, the English language reigns supreme. This is where the cultural center of gravity is moving in the Buddhist world. It’s fortuitous for someone like me, a native English speaker, but I wonder what it will mean for the majority of Buddhists, who do not speak English as their native tongue—and what the broader implications will be in terms of influence, prestige and education.

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