The Goodman Lectures

Khyentse Foundation is pleased to announce the Goodman Lectures (「古德曼佛學講座」). Every month we will feature a lecture from one of the many Buddhist studies programs the foundation partners with at universities in Asia, Europe, and North America. The lectures, delivered by leading scholars in the field, are intended to create a bridge between academic and nonacademic audiences, presenting bold ideas and innovative research in an accessible format. All lectures will be freely available online. Watch previous Goodman Lectures on KF’s Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Upcoming Online Talk

“On Creating the Early Discourses (Suttas) of the Buddha”

Prof. Eviatar Shulman The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Thursday February 10, 2022,
Jerusalem 5pm; Vancouver 7am; London 3pm; Hong Kong 11pm

Watch previous Goodman Lectures on KF’s Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Future Online Talks


Dr. Naomi Appleton, University of Edinburgh
Narrative Buddhology: Explorations of Indian Buddhist Literature
March 19, 2022, Saturday
London 3pm; New York 10am; San Francisco 7am; Beijing 11pm

Ven. Prof. K.L. Dhammajoti, Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
April 30, 2022, Saturday
Time: TBC
Topic: TBC

Past Talks


Watch previous Goodman Lectures on KF’s Vimeo and YouTube channels.


Prof. Anne C Klein (Rigzin Drolma), Rice University
Being Human and a Buddha Too: Dialogues with Yeshe Tsogyal
Saturday January 15, 2022

Prof. Peter Skilling (Bhadra Rujirathat), Chulalongkorn University
The Universe of Buddhist Canons
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Prof. Imre Hamar, Eötvös Loránd University
The Role of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Buddhist Practice
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Prof. Sarah H. Jacoby, Northwestern University
The Relatable and Extraordinary Life of Sera Khandro Dewé Dorjé
Thursday 9:30 Central Daylight Time, October 21, 2021

Prof. Jacob DaltonUniversity of California, Berkeley
Tibetan Tantra at Dunhuang
Friday 17:00 Pacific Daylight Time, September 24, 2021

Prof. Dorji Wangchuk, University of Hamburg
When Can Buddhism Be Considered Dead and When Living?
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Vedism and Buddhism
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Prof. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., University of Michigan
Reason and Revelation in Buddhism 
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 

“Reason and Revelation” is the title of Steven Goodman’s first book. The lecture began with some reminiscences about Steve, noting the many developments in the field of Tibetan Buddhist Studies during the forty years of his academic career, a career that began with his work on revelation (terma) and ended with his work on reason (abhidharma). It then turned to a perennial question in the study of religion, and in the study of Buddhism: Which came first, reason or revelation, and what is the relation between them? The lecture was introduced by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

The Goodman Lectures are organized in honor of long-time Khyentse Foundation friend and advisor, Professor Steven D. Goodman (1945–2020). During his many years of service to different academic institutions and Buddhist communities, Prof. Goodman’s wisdom and humor buoyed his students and colleagues. His commitment to making the fruits of Buddhist studies available to a broad audience was unshakeable. The Goodman Lectures are inspired by Steven’s enduring vision of making academic talks sponsored by Khyentse Foundation available online to all. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to some of the brightest minds in Buddhist studies today.

We invite you and your communities to attend the talks and spread the word about the lecture series. Details and a registration link for each talk will be announced by email and on social media near the beginning of every month. Click here to sign up to receive information from Khyentse Foundation about the Goodman Lectures and other news.