Ph.D. candidate Nancy Lin receives first Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies

April 2, 2009

BERKELEY - The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to announce Ph.D. candidate Nancy Lin as the first recipient of the Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies. Lin received the award from Professor Jaini himself following an introduction by History of Art Professor Pat Berger, who is co-director of Lin's dissertation project.

2009 Jaini Award ceremony

Professor Jaini and Professor Berger with
2009 Jaini Award recipient Nancy Lin

This award, established with a generous gift from Professor Jaini and matched by the Chancellor's Matching Gift Program, supports high-achieving graduate students in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and honors Professor Jaini's important legacy in the field of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Nancy Lin received a B.A. (2000) from Harvard University and an M.A. (2003) from Columbia University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Berkeley Buddhist Studies Program and specializes in Tibetan Buddhism. Her dissertation-in-progress is a cultural history of originary Indian Buddhist narratives in medieval Tibet, with a focus on literary and visual adaptations of jatakas and avadanas from the mid-seventeenth through eighteenth centuries. Her research interests cluster around sacred biography; the dynamics of cultural production and authentication; and the historical development of Tibetan Buddhism in transregional contexts.

Padmanabh S. Jaini is Professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies and co-founder of the Group in Buddhist Studies. Before joining UC Berkeley in 1972, he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on both Buddhism and Jainism. In the field of Buddhist Studies he is particularly well known for his work on Abhidharma and for his critical editions of the Abhidharmadīpa (a Vaibhāṣika treatise), the Sāratamā (a commentary on the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā), and a collection of apocryphal Jātakas, the Paññāsa-Jātaka, that appeared in four volumes (text and translation). His collected essays have appeared in two volumes, and, recently, he has been honored by a Festschrift (2003) with contributions on early Buddhism and Jainism.

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