20 February 2017
The Centre of Buddhist Studies at SOAS University of London has been awarded a donation from the Khyentse Foundation to support its existing activities, and to launch a new programme of public events called Buddhism InsideOut.
This new programme sets to bring together a wide range of voices on the Buddhist traditions, and to stimulate encounters and discussions between practitioners and academia. The series will consist of public outreach events, such as lectures, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and book launches for the general public interested in the Buddhism.
The Khyentse Foundation’s pledge will also support the Centre of Buddhist Studies The Buddhist Forum lecture series. Established in 1987, this series is an integral part of SOAS’ leading role in the field of Buddhist Studies. Its activities engage a mixed audience of scholars, postgraduate students and non-academic individuals with a strong interest in Buddhism. The events organised through Buddhism InsideOut will complement the academic lectures of the Buddhist Forum and engage a wider public audience.
Dr Vincent Tournier, Chair of the Centre of Buddhist Studies said: “The Khyentse Foundation plays a major role in sustaining Buddhist Studies globally, and we are glad and honoured by its commitment to support the development of the Centre of Buddhist Studies events. Thanks to its critical support, the well-established Buddhist Forum will bloom and expand, while the new Buddhism InsideOut series will stimulate the furthering of mutual understanding between practitioners and the academic world.”
The Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. The foundation’s gift to SOAS will cover mounting The Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Inside Out. SOAS is also a partner for the foundation’s Award for Academic Excellence in Buddhist Studies, which is open to postgraduate students of Buddhist Studies at SOAS.