2012 Khyentse Lecture presented by the University of California, Berkeley Center for Buddhist Studies, on Feb. 16, 2012.

By Cangioli Che

Prof. Matthew T. Kapstein, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School, delivered the Fourth Annual Khyentse Lecture at UC Berkeley, “Tibet in the Age of Manuscripts: Reflections on Recent Textural Discoveries.” Every year more people attend the event and the faculty has to find a larger space. We are very encouraged by the increased interest and growing success of the lectures. It felt like a reunion of old friends.

Prof. Kapstein recalled his encounter with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as a child some 40 years ago at the side of Khenpo Appey Rinpoche. He is amazed at how Rinpoche has initiated and is managing such a wide range of significant dharma activities around the world.

Prof. Kapstein also mentioned Gene Smith and his life’s work at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center several times, pointing to the invaluable contributions that Gene made to the scholarly study of Tibetan material.

Photo by Jeff Roe.