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Buddha-Nature: A Tsadra Foundation Initiative

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We hope you are enjoying this multimedia resource hub for scripture, scholarship, and teachings on buddha-nature. Please feel free to provide feedback at any time: Research at tsadra dot org. We will respond quickly to your request and make changes or additions as soon as we can. If you wish to contribute to this project, please make a request for an account here.

Please see The Guide page for a detailed site map for this project.

The purpose of the buddha-nature website is to provide a resource hub for trustworthy information for learning about and teaching the concept of buddha-nature, its associated texts, teachings, lineages, and relevant Buddhist ideas. Unique content will be shared here and the site will act as a broker for other projects and authors that have already created quality materials, which we will curate for a wide range of audiences.

Current Writer-In-Digital-Residence[edit]

Karma Phuntsho[edit]

Lopen (Dr) Karma Phuntsho is one of Bhutan’s leading intellectuals. He finished his monastic training in Bhutan and India before he pursued a M.St in Classical Indian Religions and a D.Phil in Oriental Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a researcher at CNRS, Paris, a Research Associate in the Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, and the Spalding Fellow for Comparative Religion at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He was also a Research Consultant at University of Virginia.

An author of over one hundred books and articles including the authoritative History of Bhutan and Mipham’s Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness, he speaks and writes extensively on Bhutan and Buddhism. His work has received extensive media coverage by the BBC, BBS, Kuensel, The Bhutanese, Science, Radio Free Asia, Oxford Today, Times of India, India Today, and Channel News Asia. He is also the President and founder of Loden Foundation, a leading educational, entrepreneurial, and cultural initiative in Bhutan. He is currently based in Thimphu, Bhutan. Read a complete bio on Wikipedia.

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Project Staff[edit]

  • Director and Website Administrator: Eric Colombel, Founder and President of Tsadra Foundation
  • Project Director and Lead Editor: Marcus Perman, Tsadra Foundation
  • Designer and Web Master: Jeremi Plazas, Tsadra Foundation
  • Lead Writer-In-Digital-Residence 2017-2019: Alexander Gardner, Treasury of Lives
  • Lead Writer-In-Digital-Residence 2020-2022: Doctor Lopen Karma Phuntsho
  • Archivist and Contributor: Morten Ostensen, Tsadra Foundation
  • Editors and Contributors:
    • Alex Catanese, Tsadra Foundation
    • Gwen Witt Dörring, Tsadra Foundation

Advisors and Key Contributors[edit]

  • His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje
  • Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Naropa University
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Bodhicarya.org
  • Karl Brunnhölzl, Nitartha Institute
  • Elizabeth Callahan, Tsadra Foundation
  • Wulstan Fletcher, Padmakara Translation Group and Tsadra Foundation
  • Christian Charrier, Tsadra Foundation
  • Patrick Carré, Padmakara Translation Group and Tsadra Foundation
  • Tokpa Tulku, Sangye Yeshe Institute and Rangjung Yeshe Institute
  • Klaus-Dieter Mathes, University of Vienna
  • Douglas Duckworth, Temple University


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Thank you to BDRC and Treasury of Lives, as well as Himalayan Art Resources for all their work,some of which can be found linked from people pages and text pages on this website.

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