Khyentse Foundation, with support from the Siddhartha’s Intent Society of Canada, recently made a donation to the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. This donation will fund the hiring of a post-doctoral research fellow or a visiting faculty member in Tibetan Buddhist Studies and a lecturer in Tibetan Language Studies. The two positions will launch in fall of 2018, and the funds will be administered over a 5-year period.

“This is a major gift that puts UBC firmly on the path of reestablishing itself as a major centre for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan language. It contributes immeasurably to our strong focus on Asian religion in general and Buddhism in particular.” — Joshua Mostow, UBC professor and acting head, Department of Asian Studies

“As interest in Buddhism grows in the West, it’s important to make sure that Buddhist Studies are conducted at the highest level of academic excellence, which is why we’re so happy to further our partnership with UBC with this gift. Such scholarly distinction once existed only in Asian monasteries and Dharma centers, and it is so heartening to see rigorous, authentic Buddhist scholarship flourishing in universities today.” — Cangioli Che, KF executive director

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Photo: Students in the UBC Himalaya Program’s intensive Tibetan language and community-engaged learning course visit Tsengdok Monastery in Vancouver