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Leonard van der Kuijp delivers the 2017 Khyentse Lecture

February 2017

Approximately 82 people attended the 2017 Khyentse Lecture by Prof. Leonard van der Kuijp (Harvard University) at the Alumni House. In his lecture, entitled "The Wheel of Time: Tibetan Thoughts on the Buddha’s Anno Nirvanae," van der Kuijp discussed Gö Lotsawa Zhönupel's (1392 1481) polemical work on chronology and computation entitled the Elimination of Errors in Computation 1442 or 1443a, a crucially important source for our understanding of the different ways in which the calendars and the various calculations of the passage of time in general developed in Tibet. He further outlined the work’s significance for the insights it provides into the numerous attempts that had been made in Tibetan intellectual circles to calculate the chronology of the life of the Buddha and the year of his passing.

Preceding van der Kuijp’s talk, UC Berkeley student Yixin Liang received the Khyentse Foundation’s (undergraduate) Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies. In addition, UC Berkeley graduate student Matthew McMullen received (in absentia) the Padmanabh Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies.


Robert Sharf (Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley)

Robert Sharf (Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley)


2.  Yixin Liang (2017 Khyentse Award Recipient), Sharon Roe (Khyentse Foundation), and Mark Blum (UC Berkeley)

2. Yixin Liang (2017 Khyentse Award Recipient), Sharon Roe (Khyentse Foundation), and Mark Blum (UC Berkeley)


Matthew McMullen holding Jaini award

Matthew McMullen holding Jaini award


Jacob Dalton (Khyentse Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, UC Berkeley)

Jacob Dalton (Khyentse Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, UC Berkeley)


Leonard van der Kuijp (Harvard University)

Leonard van der Kuijp (Harvard University)