David Germano delivers the 2015 Khyentse Lecture
Approximately 100 people attended the 2015 Khyentse lecture by Prof. David Germano (Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia). In his lecture, entitled "Creative Buddhas, Gnosticism, and Pure Lands in Tibet: The Great Perfection Seminal Heart Tradition from the Unimpeded Sound Tantra to Longchenpa," he examined the inner dynamics of the Seminal Heart (snying thig) form of the Great Perfection and its radically innovative Unimpeded Sound Tantra (sgra thal 'gyur), and argued that at its heart is a model of divine creation modeled upon the efflorescence of pure lands from a divine Buddha's primordial gnosis (ye shes, jñāna). These innovations, while extensive and intrinsically Tibetan in character, are clearly just as deeply grounded in the minutiae of Indian Buddhist thought, practice, and narrative, and constitute probably the most interesting strand in the larger Tibetan fashioning of a philosophical tantra movement.
Preceding Germano's talk, UC Berkeley student Kathryn Boden received the Khyentse Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies from the foundation’s Executive Director Cangioli Che.