In This Issue:
"I feel that with this one contribution we've started the equivalent of 100 monasteries."
Khyentse Rinpoche, August 2006, on the establishment of the KF
Distinguished Professorship in Tibetan Buddhism at UC Berkeley
us build Khyentse Foundation's funding base so that we can continue to
create the conditions for the dharma to flourish. When you become a
monthly donor, every dollar you donate is matched by the Patrons of
THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUDDHIST STUDIES AT UC BERKELEY
Professor Robert Sharf,
Chair of the Center for Buddhist Studies.
Group in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley,
was organized in 1972 in order to promote interdisciplinary research in
the field of Buddhism and to oversee a specialized Ph.D. program — one
of the first of its kind in the world...
Highlights of Buddhism at UCB
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KF Supports Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley
Rinpoche Teaches on Rebirth in Continuation of Long Relationship with the University of California at Berkeley
row: Professor Jake Dalton, Professor Robert Sharf, Dzongsar Khyentse
Rinpoche. Back row: Amelia Chow, Zim Pickens, Sydney Jay, KF Executive
Director Cangioli Che, Khenpo Yeshi, and Professor Steven Goodman.
Photo by Wyatt Arnold taken June 19, 2015, in Berkeley, California.
When Rinpoche visited
Berkeley in 2006 for the public announcement of the establishment of
the Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professorship of Tibetan
Buddhism, Berkeley Executive
Vice-Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer thanked the foundation's
sponsors for the US$1 million necessary to establish the position,
saying "This will make a big difference on this campus."
July 19, 2015, Rinpoche returned to Berkeley to give a talk titled "Is
There Buddhism Without Rebirth." He was introduced by Jake
Dalton, KF Distinguished Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, who said,
"[Khyentse Foundation] has become a true model for how Buddhist
activities can manifest in the modern world. Their connection with our
Buddhist Studies program continues to bear many fruits, today’s event
being just the latest example."
Since the beginning, the
Berkeley faculty have been our most trusted advisors and allies,
our go-to people as we continue to explore ways to strengthen
Buddhist studies in academia. Here are some of our joint programs:
It is a privilege for Khyentse
Foundation to work with UC Berkeley. Khyentse Foundation is dedicated
to creating conditions for the Buddha’s wisdom to awaken in everyone,
and our collaboration with Berkeley is one way to bring us closer to
IS THERE BUDDHISM WITHOUT REBIRTH? PODCASTS OF RINPOCHE'S TEACHING ON THE SIDDHARTHA'S INTENT WEB SITE
The KF Distinguished Professorship Attracts
Top Students to Berkeley
A first-person account by a talented young translator on why she chose UC Berkeley to earn her doctorate.
Catherine Dalton, Doctoral Candidate, Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley.
By Catherine Dalton
I decided to pursue a PhD in Buddhist Studies, I was drawn to the
program at UC Berkeley for several reasons. The primary draw, though,
was the holder of the Khyentse Chair in Buddhist Studies, Jacob Dalton
(no relation), who is now my advisor. I met Professor Dalton at the
2009 “Translating the Words of the Buddha” conference, spearheaded by
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in Bir, India, which was the birthplace of
was impressed by Professor Dalton’s scholarship, and I was especially
pleased that he was also open about being a Buddhist practitioner. For
me, as a practitioner as well as an academic student of Buddhism, it
was important to have a PhD advisor with whom I could be honest about
none of us would be pursuing these studies at Berkeley if it had not
been for the establishment of the Khyentse Chair in Buddhist Studies
For his PhD dissertation, at UC Berkeley, Zim Pickens is exploring the emergence of the ngöndro
tantric preliminary practices. In so doing, Zim hopes to "contribute to
an ongoing academic discussion over the roles ritual played in Tibet's
assimilation of Buddhism."