2014 KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies ceremony at NCCU (Front left to right: Prof. Terrone Antonio, Prof. Yuan-lin Tsai and Prof. Po-chi Huang. Back left to right: Pindar Wu, Su-an Lin, KF representative Su-ching Chou, and KF board member Angie Tsai.)

2014 KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies ceremony at NCCU (Front left to right: Prof. Terrone Antonio, Prof. Yuan-lin Tsai and Prof. Po-chi Huang. Back left to right: Pindar Wu, Su-an Lin, KF representative Su-ching Chou, and KF board member Angie Tsai.)

(Taipei, Taiwan) ─ Su-an Lin and Pindar Wu, doctoral students of Religious Studies Program of National Chengchi University (NCCU) received KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies. The ceremony was held at Chengchi University in November 12, 2014 and the awards were presented by KF board member Angie Tsai. Prof. Yuan-lin Tsai (Chair of the department), Prof. Po-chi Huang, and the new-appointed Prof. Antonio Terrone for Tibetan Buddhism also attended.

Su-an Lin received the award for her paper titled “Two Truths, Dependent-Arising and Logic in Bhāviveka’s Madhyamaka Philosophy:A Study Focusing on Chapter One of Prajñāpradīpa”. Being asked about acceptance, she said, “I want to thank Khyentse Foundation for giving me this reward. In my paper, I tried to clarify Bhāviveka’s assertions on Two truths, Dependent-Arising, and the uses of Buddhist logic while contrasting Candrakīrti’s different views on these topics. Other than that, I am currently working on the comparison between Tibetan version and Chinese version for the chapter of “Examination of the Conditions” in Bhāviveka’s work- Prajñāpradīpa. It is fortunate that I had learned Tibetan in Chung-hwa Institute for Buddhist Studies in Dharma Drum Mountain. Now, I work as a translator in UMA institute for Tibetan Studies, which is led by Prof. Jeffrey Hopkins, and I am glad that I have this opportunity to join the project. However, the task of translation is never easy and I think I will continue working on it and strengthen what I need to improve!”

Another winner Pindar Wu has received KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies in 2013. He received this award again this year for his outstanding study “On the Enlightened Relationship between Animals and Saints in The Hagiography of Milarepa from the Dharma of Kagyü Lineage’s ‘Mahāmudrā’”. He said in his acknowledgement: “Special thanks to my beloved professor LI, YU-CHEN for guiding me with insightful viewpoints that I can focus entirely on developing my paper in her seminar named Sacred Biographies, exploring another new research fields in Tibetology. All in all, I dedicate all my deepest gratitude to Khyentse Foundation as a resourceful treasure constantly endowing those who are willing to devote time and passion to the academic research in Tibetan Buddhism with scholarship which not only benefits all the Buddhist researchers all around the world but also sustains an authentic faith to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha through profound researches.”

2014 NCCU winners of KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies: Su-an Lin (left) and Pindar Wu (right), with KF board member Angie Tsai (middle).

2014 NCCU winners of KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies: Su-an Lin (left) and Pindar Wu (right), with KF board member Angie Tsai (middle).