Jacob Dalton, specialist in Tibetan Buddhism, joins Berkeley Faculty

August 22, 2008

BERKELEY - The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to announce that Jacob Dalton, a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist Tantra, has accepted an Assistant Professor position at UC Berkeley. Dalton, currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University, will hold a joint appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. This new position was made possible though a generous gift from the Khyentse Foundation.

Jacob Dalton

Dalton received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Marlboro College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan. After working for three years (2002-05) as a researcher with the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, he taught at Yale University (2005-2008). He works on Nyingma religious history, tantric ritual, paleography, and Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang. He is the author of a forthcoming study on violence and the formation of Tibetan Buddhism, and co-author of Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts from Dunhuang: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Stein Collection at the British Library (Brill, 2006). He is currently working on a history of Tibetan Buddhism, as seen through the eyes of the "Sutra Empowerment" (Mdo dbang) tradition of the Nyingma school.

The Buddhist Studies program at UC Berkeley has rapidly expanded in recent years, with five new faculty hires in the past five years. With the addition of Dalton, the Group in Buddhist Studies at Berkeley will consist of ten permanent faculty, whose collective expertise covers the vast literary and art-historical legacy of all of the major Asian Buddhist traditions.

The Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001 to support institutions and individuals engaged in the study and practice of the Buddha's vision of wisdom and compassion. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961, and was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. From a young age he has been active in the preservation of Buddhist teaching, establishing centers of learning, supporting practitioners, publishing books and teaching all over the world. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche maintains his position as head of Dzongsar Monastery and its retreat centers in Eastern Tibet, and supervises new colleges in India and Bhutan. He has also has established centers in Australia, North America and the Far East. These are gathered under his other nonprofit organization, Siddhartha's Intent.

For more information about the collaboration between the Khyentse Foundation and Berkeley's Center for Buddhist Studies, please visit http:// www.khyentsefoundation.com/ 2008_09_ berkeley_ appoints_ jacob_ dalton.html.