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This list of events includes interesting events about Buddha-Nature teachings not related to this project, as well as Tsadra sponsored events and recordings from scholarly meetings, special interviews, and speeches.

Buddha-Nature Is Who We Really Are

September 25th, 2021 · Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: Buddha-Nature Is Who We Really Are[edit]

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
September 25th, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Please join us live on Zoom by signing up here or find us on Facebook live on Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, 5:00 PM CET, 9:00 PM Bhutan Time. The recording will later be made available online here on this website.

July 31st, 2021 · Dorji Wangchuk: Buddha by Nature or Buddha by Nurture: Deliberations on the Buddha-Nature Theory in the Nyingma Tradition[edit]

Professor Dorji Wangchuk
Buddha by Nature or Buddha by Nurture: Deliberations on the Buddha-Nature Theory in the Nyingma Tradition
July 31st, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

June 26, 2021 · Kokyo Henkel: Buddha-Nature in Early Chan and Japanese Zen[edit]

Rev. Kokyo Henkel
Buddha-Nature in Early Chan and Japanese Zen
June 26th, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

We were on Facebook live on Saturday, June 26th at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, 5:00 PM CET, 9:00 PM Bhutan Time. The discussion is available online and sections will also be made available as answers to specific questions on this website.

May 29, 2021 · Klaus-Dieter Mathes: Buddha-Nature Theories from Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Tibet[edit]

Klaus-Dieter Mathes
Buddha-Nature Theories from Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Tibet
May 29th, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Please join us on Zoom by registering here or Facebook live on Saturday, May 29th at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, 5:00 PM CET, 9:00 PM Bhutan Time.

Buddha-Nature Theories from Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Tibet
with Klaus-Dieter Mathes

Professor Klaus-Dieter Mathes, one of the world’s most learned and published specialists on the topic of buddha-nature in Tibetan Buddhism, will speak with Lopen Karma Phuntsho about the various interpretations of tathāgatagarbha teachings in Tibet, including those of the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, Longchenpa, Gö Lotsawa, Dölpopa, Butön, and Tsongkhapa.

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes is the Head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Mathes has published widely on Mahāmudrā, Tibetan Madhyamaka, Yogācāra, and the interpretations of Buddha-nature in Tibet. Many of his books can be found on this website, including the recent The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet and A Direct Path to the Buddha Within. Klaus-Dieter also hosted the Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia Symposium in 2019. From 1980-1984 he lived in the Himalayas and studied Buddhism, later obtaining a master's degree in Tibetology from the University of Bonn and then a Doctorate from Marburg in 1994 with a study of the Yogācāra text Dharmadharmatāvibhāga (published in 1996 in the series Indica et Tibetica). He served as the director of the Nepal Research Centre and the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project in Kathmandu from 1993 to 2001.

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May 1-6, 2021 · Rangjung Yeshe Institute 40th Annual Fall Seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche on Buddha-Nature[edit]

TIME: 6:45 pm Nepal Standard Time. 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Our friends at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute will be hosting a special online seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, who will teach on the topic of buddha nature. Lama Tenzin Sangpo will also guide meditation sessions and there will be other sessions with lamas, khenpos, and professors. This is the 40th Annual Fall Seminar and will take place online.
For more info and registration, please visit:

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Also see the RYI Facebook Page for more details.

April 2021-2022: Ongoing Gyulama Teachings[edit]

Karl Brunnhölzl
April 2021 - 2022 Ongoing

Online Gyulama Teachings with master translator Karl Brunnhölzl - Learn more here.

We feel very honored and happy that Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl - a wonderful teacher, translator and physician - has accepted our request to teach on the Buddha-Nature, based on the authoritative text taught by Buddha Maitreya: The Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra. With his very clear, humorous and interactive style, Karl will lead us through this precious and celebrated treatise verse by verse.

Dates: The course has started 1st April 2021, but everyone is still very welcome to join. The next sessions will be 28th of April 7:30 pm (CEST, e.g. Berlin) and 6th of May 7:00 pm (CEST). The entire course might last for approximately 18 months, consisting of two sessions (plus one review session) per month. The upcoming dates will be always announced 2-3 months in advance.

Language: English only

Any Questions & Registration: Buddhismus[at] or

April 24, 2021 · Judy Lief: Tenderness and the Awakening of Buddha-Nature[edit]

Watch the video here:

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Judith L. Lief
Tenderness and the Awakening of Buddha-Nature
April 24, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

We were live on Facebook and Zoom on Saturday, April 24th at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Tenderness and the Awakening of Buddha-Nature
with Judy Lief

“Before any kind of perception occurs, wakefulness is already there—beyond concept, beyond limitation, beyond anything measurable. We can all awaken—that is the hope and the potential.”—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Judith L. Lief is a Buddhist teacher, writer, and editor. She was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her as a teacher, and she has edited many of his books including The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma volumes and Milarepa. She has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years and continues to teach and lead retreats throughout the world. Lief is also active in the field of death and dying and is the author of Making Friends with Death.

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Video: Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Buddha-Nature and Social Justice · March 27, 2021[edit]

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Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Buddha-Nature and Social Justice
March 27, 2021 · 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

We were live with Karma Lekshe Tsomo on Saturday, February 27th at 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (6:30 PM Pacific Standard Time)

Buddha-Nature and Social Justice
with Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Venerable Tsomo is an inspiration to all Buddhists interested in living a socially conscious life and is known around the world for her warmth, knowledge, and clear approach to teaching and speaking about life, Buddhism, and social activism. She co-founded Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, which hosts the Sakyadhita Conference, the largest and most important meeting of Buddhist women in the world.

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February 27, 2021 · Geshe Lhakdor: Conversations on Buddha-Nature 02-27-2021 - The Human Capacity to Flourish[edit]

Venerable Geshe Lhakdor
The Human Capacity to Flourish
February 27, 2020 · 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

This event is still available on Facebook Live with Venerable Geshe Lhakdor

February 18, 2021 · Book Launch: Revisiting Buddha-nature in India and China[edit]

Watch the whole recording of the event here!

Organizer: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

An online book launch event for Dr. Li Zijie and Dr. Chris Jones' books with presentations from the authors.

The Buddhist Self: On Tathāgatagarbha and Ātman Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2020.

Chris V. Jones is Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer at the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge, and a Bye-Fellow of Selwyn College. His doctoral research, on tathāgatagarbha literature, was completed at the University of Oxford in 2015, and was subsequently awarded the Khyentse Foundation Award for a Dissertation in Buddhist Studies. His research focuses on aspects of primarily Mahāyāna Buddhist literature across Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan sources, and his first monograph, The Buddhist Self: On Tathāgatagarbha and Ātman, was published at the end of 2020.

The Ratnagotravibhāga and East Asian Buddhism: A Study on the Tathāgatagarbha, Tathatā and Gotra between the 5th and 7th Centuries Summary

Li Zijie 李 子捷 achieved a Ph.D. degree in East Asian Buddhism from Komazawa University in Tokyo under the guidance of Ishii Kōsei and Matsumoto Shirō. He was subsequently elected as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Humanities of Kyoto University, under the guidance of Funayama Tōru. He is now a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS University of London (Centre of Buddhist Studies), hosted by Lucia Dolce. His main research area is the history of East Asian Buddhist Thought between the 5th and 7th centuries. He is the author of Kukyō ichijō hōshōron to higashiajia bukkyō: Go—nana seiki no nyoraizō, shinnyo, shushō no kenkyū『究竟一乗宝性論』と東アジア仏教 ── 五—七世紀の如来蔵・真如・種姓説の研究 [The Ratnagotravibhāga and East Asian Buddhism: A Study on the Tathāgatagarbha, Tathatā and Gotra between the 5th and 7th Centuries] (Tokyo: Kokusho kankōkai, 2020).

November 28, 2020 · Robert Thurman: Conversations on Buddha-Nature 11-28-2020 - Buddha-Nature as the Foundation of Freedom[edit]

We were live with Bob Thurman on Saturday, November 28th at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time (7 AM Pacific, 4 PM Paris)

Buddha-Nature as the Foundation of Freedom
with Robert A. F. Thurman

Lopen Dr. Karma Phuntsho discussed themes of freedom, spirituality, and buddha-nature with world-renowned Buddhist scholar, translator, writer, and activist Robert Thurman.

November 3-22, 2020 · Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Khenpo Chöying Dorje|Buddha Nature: A study programme on the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Khenpo Chöying Dorje[edit]

Khenpo Chöying Dorje is teaching the text based on Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra.

For a review of the text and program, see Arne Schelling's YouTube video here or learn more about this program on the official website here:

October 24, 2020 · Conversations on Buddha-Nature: Matthieu Ricard - Buddha-Nature, Happiness and Altruism[edit]

Can we be happy and compassionate without Buddha-Nature? Lopen Dr. Karma Phuntsho will discuss themes of buddha-nature, happiness, and altruism with world-renowned Buddhist monk, photographer, writer, and activist Matthieu Ricard. Learn more about Matthieu's work at Karuna-Shechen or

Watch his wonderful TED talk here or listen to this fascinating interview at the On Being program on NPR.

Conversations on Buddha-Nature

Regular live interviews with Buddhist practitioners, scholars, and thinkers.

This is a space for stimulating and inspiring conversations on Buddha-Nature and related subjects. As a part of the Buddha-Nature Project of the Tsadra Foundation, Karma Phuntsho will host conversations with a Buddhist leader, influencer or expert each month on the theories and practices of Buddha-Nature, which will be live on Facebook. An exercise of mindful listening, right speech, and wholesome exploration of meaning and nature of life, these conversations aim to enhance the understanding and awareness of Buddha-Nature and promote the ethos of innate goodness and positive perception.

September 19, 2020 · Live Event: Celebrating Buddha-Nature[edit]

A Live Zoom Launch of this website with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Lopon Karma Phuntsho, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Lama Shenpen Hookham, Karl Brunnhölzl, and many others.
See more information here and watch the recording.

July 2019 · Vienna Symposium: Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia[edit]

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.

Watch videos of the presentations and learn more here.

November 20, 2018 · American Academy of Religion Meeting[edit]


In this interview during the AAR annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 2018, Jamie Hubbard and Paul Swanson discuss Critical Buddhism, buddha-nature, and Buddhism in Japan, as well as many other topics. They are the editors of an important book called Pruning the Bodhi Tree: The Storm Over Critical Buddhism.
José Cabezón, Marcus Perman, and Alexander Gardner are also present in the interview.