Announcing the Winner of the KF Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Buddhist Studies, Asia

Jul 4th, 2014
Kuiji of the Tang Dynasty, disciple of Xuan Zang, author of one of the two main texts this thesis research was based on.

Kuiji of the Tang Dynasty, disciple of Xuan Zang, author of one of the two main texts this thesis research was based on.

In 2013, Khyentse Foundation announced the establishment of the Khyentse Foundation Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertations in Buddhist Studies. KF is pleased to announce the winner of the first award, Dr. Chao Tung-Ming of National Taiwan University. Dr. Chao was selected by concensus of the award selection committee members, and will be given a prize of $5,000. Dr. Chao graduated with a PhD from National University of Taiwan and now teaches in East Normal University in Shanghai.

Dr. Chao’s dissertation is on the Chinese Yogācāra School of Buddhism, entitled “A Study of Fundamental Transformation in the Cheng Weishi Lun and Kuiji’s Commentaries.” It focuses primarily on “the basis to be transformed,” which is basis, and “the path that operates transformation,” which is non-discriminating wisdom. He delves into Dharmapala’s view of the four aspects theory of cognition. It is a rigorous and in-depth analysis that appeals greatly to Buddhist academics.

Dr. Chao sent his wholehearted appreciation to KF and the selection committee for their acknowledgement of his work, and said that he would continue to work diligently to further his research in Buddhism, to contribute to the society and benefit sentient beings.

Dr. Chao Tung-Ming, 2014 winner of the KF Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertations in Buddhist Studies.Professor Liu Kuo-Wei, one of the selection committee members, said that “Mr. Chao’s dissertation provides in-depth philosophical analysis on the thoughts of the Chinese Yogācāra.” Professor Saerji, another selection committee member, remarked that Dr. Chao’s dissertation is “a good study, with deep textual analysis and convincing arguments, that increases our understanding of Sino-Indian Buddhism.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has said that academia is an important part of the “checks and balances” of the world of Buddhadharma.

One KF Dissertation Award is presented every year to an outstanding PhD candidate with a dissertation in the field of Buddhist studies. The awards are alternated annually between those written in universities in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan and those written in Europe. The dissertations must be written during the two academic years prior to the nomination and must be based on original research in the relevant primary language(s). They should significantly advance our understanding of the subject or Buddhist scriptures studied.

The European Dissertation Award was recently announced. Accredited institutions that offer PhD programs in Buddhist Studies or Religious Studies in any European country (including the UK) are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic year 2012-13 or 2013-14. For more information contact Jun Xie: The Asian Dissertation Award will reopen for nomination in June 2015.


  • Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2014  European Nominations accepted
  • Feb. 28, 2015               Three dissertations selected
  • May 15, 2015               European Winning dissertation selected
  • June 30, 2015              European Winner announced
  • June 30, 2015              Invitation to submit nominations for the next Asian award
  • June 30, 2016              Invitation to submit nominations for the next European award



最近,欽哲基金會揭曉了2013-2014年度傑出佛學博士論文獎獲獎論文和作者。論文作者為趙東明博士, 他的獲獎論文題目為“轉依理論研究-以《成唯識論》及窺基《成唯識論述記》為中心”,該論文獲得評委會成員的一致提名通過。 趙博士於2011年畢業於國立台灣大學哲學系,目前任教於上海華東師範大學,他將獲得五千美元的獎金。



評審委員會成員之一的劉國威教授說,“趙博士的論文對中國唯識派的思想提供了深度的哲學分析。” 另外一名評審委員北京大學的薩尔吉教授指出,趙博士的論文是“一個非常好的研究,具有深度的原著分析和具說服力的辯論。令人增加了對中印佛學的理解”。

宗薩欽哲仁波切說過,学术界是佛法世界的“制衡”的重要组成部分。欽哲基金會於2013年六月在亞洲區設立傑出佛學博士論文獎,於2014年六月又在歐洲區設立了同一個獎項, 此獎項在亞洲區和歐洲區的佛學領域輪流頒發, 每年頒發給一位傑出的佛學博士論文獎得主。參選論文必須在最近兩學年完成,而且須以佛學主要語言寫成的原始研究為基礎,並對理解其研究的主題、佛典有顯著貢獻。

歐洲區傑出佛學博士論文獎已於最近開始邀請歐洲(包括英國)設有佛學研究或宗教研究博士課程的合格院校提名推薦參選論文,所推薦之論文須於2012-13學年度或2013-14學年度完成。 而亞洲區的論文獎將於明年6月重新開始下一輪的推薦邀請。 更多詳情,請聯絡欽哲基金會獎學金委員會謝軍,














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