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

Hearing, Contemplation, and Practice

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Tuesday, November 22 2022
Time: New Delhi 11:30am, Hong Kong 2pm, Paris 7am, San Francisco 10pm (November21)

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

Future Online Talks


Please stay tuned for the Goodman Lectures in 2023.



Past Talks


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

Professor Paul Harrison,  Stanford University 
Saturday, Sep 17 2022
Topic: What Can We Learn From the Teaching of Vimalakīrti?

Professor Saerji,  Peking University 
The Formation of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon and its Textual Value (Lecture in Chinese)
Saturday, Aug 6 2022

Professor Friedrich GrohmannFo Guang University
“Who can be rightly called a bodhisattva?” (Lecture in Chinese)
Saturday, 25 June, 2022

Professor Jens-Uwe Hartmann, University of Munich
“Out of Town, yet Bound to it: How the Early Buddhists Organized Seclusion and Survival”
Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Ven. Prof. K.L. Dhammajoti, Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
“Master Xuanzang’s Contribution to Modern Buddhist Studies | 玄奘大师对现代佛学研究的贡献”
(Lecture was  in Mandarin Chinese.)
Saturday, 30 April, 2022

Dr. Naomi Appleton, University of Edinburgh
“Narrative Buddhology: Explorations of Indian Buddhist Literature”
 Saturday, 19 March, 2022,

Prof. Eviatar Shulman The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
On Creating the Early Discourses (Suttas) of the Buddha
Thursday, 10 February, 2022,

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

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

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

Prof. Sarah H. Jacoby, Northwestern University
The Relatable and Extraordinary Life of Sera Khandro Dewé Dorjé
Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Prof. Jacob DaltonUniversity of California, Berkeley
Tibetan Tantra at Dunhuang
Friday, 24 September, 2021

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

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

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