September 19, 2020 · Live Event: Celebrating Buddha-Nature
A Live Zoom Launch of this website with Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Lopon Karma Phuntsho, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Lama Shenpen Hookham, Karl Brunnhölzl, and many others.
See more information here and a recording will be made available at the end of September.
July 2019 · Vienna Symposium: Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia
Over the last decade, there has been increased attention to the tathāgatagarbha doctrine, which proposes that all sentient beings are already a “buddha within,” or at least have the potential to attain buddhahood. Scholars in Asia, Europe, and the Americas have published new translations and studies of the foundational scriptures and commentaries, and are examining the history and literature of the doctrine. In July 2019 Tsadra Foundation partnered with the University of Vienna to bring many of these scholars together for an international symposium titled Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia.
Over three days the symposium surveyed the differing forms of tathāgatagarbha doctrine that developed as its primary Indian scriptural sources were translated, transmitted, and interpreted by religious schools across Asia. Contemporary Buddhist teachers joined academics at the podium. Presentations ranged from the historical-philological analysis of the primary sources to issues of reconstruction and comparison in the target languages and cultures and included how tathāgatagarbha is taught in Buddhist communities today. Although primarily focused on the Indian and Himalayan material, the diversity in approaches and subject matter made for fruitful comparisons and discussions.
November 20, 2018 · American Academy of Religion Meeting
Coming Soon: Recordings of a special interview and discussion about an episode in the history of buddha-nature studies with