In This Issue
Khyentse Foundation’s support for rigorous Buddhist scholarship and academic excellence is helping protect and preserve the Buddhadharma worldwide. With the recent launch of its partnership with the University of Sydney in Australia, and its 5-year support for a special Lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism, KF is helping to ensure that authentic Buddhist traditions remain alive. In this issue, we focus on the Khyentse Foundation-University Buddhist Education Foundation’s partnership (with support from the Aberbaldie Foundation) in establishing a new full-time Tibetan Buddhist studies academic position at the University of Sydney.
Banner photo: Rinpoche on the campus of the University of Sydney. Photo by Claudia Jamyang. Above right:
Dr. Chiew Hui Ho, Lecturer in East Asian Buddhism; Sydney Jay, KF Academic Development Committee;
Guy Houghton, Associate Director of Development; Professor Yixu Lu, Head of School of Languages and Cultures; Chantal Gebbie, KF Country Representative for Australia; Dr. Jim Rheingans, Khyentse-UBEF Lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism; Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche; Dr. Eng-Kong Tan, University Buddhist Education Foundation executive member; Dr.Rosalie Chapple, Aberbaldie Foundation executive member. Missing from the photo (but who presented in the ceremony) are Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Dr. Matthew Stavros, Director of the Asian Studies Program.
“I see a lot of potential for Buddhist and Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Sydney and in an Australasian and worldwide network. Alongside researching the rich heritage of the different Tibetan and Buddhist cultures on the basis of textual sources, it will be useful to foster inter- and cross-disciplinary ways of teaching and research. It would be helpful to take into account contemporary dimensions. I hope that wider interest in the translation and study of Tibetan and Buddhist texts as well as the different issues of translation can be stimulated.”
— Dr. Jim Rheingans, newly appointed KF-UBEF lecturer
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University of Sydney Partnership: Preserving Authentic Dharma
KF's new partnership with the University of Sydney
Digital Storytellers was on the ground to document the occasion and interview key players. Watch their video of the inauguration.
In August 2017, Khyentse Foundation celebrated a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Sydney in Australia, establishing a new academic position in Tibetan Buddhist Studies. The lectureship – called the “Khyentse Foundation and University Buddhist Education Foundation Lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism” (KF-UBEF) – is jointly funded by KF and UBEF (with support from the Aberbaldie Foundation), and has an initial term of 5 years. The lectureship was officially inaugurated on August 11, 2017 at the university. Rinpoche, KF representatives, and the core partnership team all attended.
Thanks to the KF-UBEF Lectureship and the courses to be offered through it, the University of Sydney now offers the most comprehensive Buddhist Studies program in the Australasian region and in the Southern Hemisphere.
A thank you note from the members of the Sydney University community to Rinpoche and friends.
Rinpoche on Preserving the Dharma
“I worry that Buddhism will end up getting watered down, diluted, into something that will suit the minds of modern people. There will always be a group of people who approach Buddhism emotionally. But these academics, intellectuals, students who contemplate and study through academic means – they will have a lot of authority to truly guard the teachings of the Buddha. This is something I really care about.”
— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at inauguration of the KF-UBEF Lectureship at the University of Sydney, Australia, August 11, 2017
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