The Foundation gives four different kinds of awards:
Khyentse Foundation currently partners with Buddhist Studies programs at ten universities on four continents to encourage excellence in Buddhist scholarship through the KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies. The foundation provides US$1,000 per university per year, and the departments choose the award winners. In the grand scheme of academic expenses, $1,000 is not a huge sum, but it is our way of showing respect for the good intentions and hard work these students are investing in their studies. Many have expressed that this gesture of encouragement has been a positive influence on their path. Due to the success of these awards, plans are under way to extend the program to fifteen universities. National Taiwan University is the first of these new partners to make a formal agreement. Read about some of the areas of study from the 2015 winners.
With the aim of encouraging and honoring excellence in translation works that make the Buddhist heritage accessible to a broader public, the Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation was initiated in 2011. The prize is for translations from the main classical languages of Buddhism—Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese—into English. The original text may be a sutra, commentary, treatise, biography, history, liturgy, or practice manual, from any tradition of Buddhism, published within the preceding 2 years. It may be by a single individual or a collaboration. In the latter case, the US$8,000 prize is divided equally among the translators. The selection committee includes five Buddhist scholars: Professors Naomi Appleton, Sarah McClintock, Tom Tillemans, Paul Harrison, and committee chair Peter Skilling.
2015 Mark Blum of the University of California at Berkeley for The Nirvana Sutra (Mahaparinirvana-sutra), Volume I. Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, Inc. 2013 (BDK English Tripitaka Series).
2014 This award was shared between Professor Shōryū Katsura and Professor Mark Siderits for their work on the translation of Nāgārjuna’s Middle Way: Mūlamadhyamakakārikā.
2013 Ven. Bikkhu Bodhi for his work The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya.
2012 Todd Lewis, of Holycross University, and Subarna Man Tuladhar for their translation of Chittadhar Hridaya’s Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha.
Watch Prize for Outstanding Translation Video
In 2013, KF established the Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation, presented every year to an outstanding PhD candidate with a dissertation in the field of Buddhist studies. The US$8,000 awards are alternated annually between those written in universities in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan and those written in Europe during the two academic years prior to the nomination. The dissertations must be based on original research in the relevant primary language, and they should significantly advance our understanding of the subject or Buddhist scriptures studied. Accredited institutions that offer PhD programs in Buddhist studies or religious studies in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, or in any European country (including the United Kingdom), are invited to nominate. For more information, contact the dissertation award coordinator here.
2014-2015 European Award Winners: Dr. Jens Wilhelm Borgland and Dr. David Higgins
2013-2014 Asian Award Winner: Dr. Chao Tung-Ming of National Taiwan University
The Khyentse Fellowship is KF’s top honor with a $30,000 award to support the recipient’s continued activity in preserving and promoting the Buddhadharma. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche personally heads the committee that selects winners. The award may or may not be given annually.
2015 Venerable Dhammajoti
2012 KF Fellow Professor Peter Skilling
2011 Fellow (anonymous)
Award for Academic Excellence in Buddhist Studies Partner Universities
“I am very fortunate to be a recipient of the award from Khyentse Foundation. It will be a twofold help to me: financially, it is a timely support, and mentally, it is a generous encouragement. I will be always grateful to the foundation and your sponsors. In my everyday life, I will turn my gratefulness to you into kindness to people I meet.”Ma Shengnan