The Church of Scientology announced the milestone completion and release of the Chinese translation of core Scientology Scripture. The accomplishment marks the first time all of the fundamental works of Founder L. Ron Hubbard, comprising 18 books and 284 recorded lectures, have been accessible to the world’s Chinese speaking population. The announcement was made by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, to more than 6,500 Scientologists attending the annual celebration of Mr. Hubbard’s birthday in Clearwater, Florida.
The Chinese translation of these religious materials is part of ongoing preparations for the opening of the first major Church of Scientology in Taiwan, scheduled for fall 2012. The 109,000-square-foot Church, currently under final construction, stands in Kaohsiung and will serve as Asian headquarters for the religion. The new Church is necessitated by the meteoric growth of Scientology in Taiwan. The first Scientology Mission opened in Taichung in 1989. Today there are 17 Missions across the country: in the central region, including Taichung, Chang-Hua and Feng-Yuan; in the northern cities of Da-An, Dong-Chi, Taipei and Tao-Yuan; and to the south in Yung-Kang, Ping-Tung and Kaohsiung.
The Church of Scientology’s translation program, served by more than 1,000 translators across 50 nations, represents the Church’s continuing commitment to bring the entire body of L. Ron Hubbard’s works to all. To date, this massive undertaking has included the restoration and release of more than 2,000 recorded lectures on compact disc and better than 1,000 articles accompanying those lectures—and all in addition to Mr. Hubbard’s seminal Dianetics and Scientology books. In combination, these works present the day-to-day record of Mr. Hubbard’s path of discovery and development, from his initial breakthroughs on the mind to the codification and rehabilitation of the human spirit. The release of this body of materials, in January 2010, represented the conclusion of a 25-year program to recover, restore and preserve the complete Scripture of the religion. The program was initiated by Mr. Hubbard in 1984 and was guided to completion by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center.
The Chinese translation brings the number of languages core Scientology Scripture are now available to 17: English, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Castilian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish. Additionally, Mr. Hubbard’s beginning books on Dianetics and Scientology are now published in 50 languages.
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has today expanded to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.