Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies

August 15, 2007

BERKELEY - The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley is honored to announce the establishment of the Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies.

This award, established with a generous gift from Professor Jaini and matched by the Chancellor's Matching Gift Program, will support high-achieving graduate students in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley. This award is open to men and women, regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Padmanabh Jaini

Padmanabh Jaini
(Photo by David Schmitz)

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.

This fund will honor Professor Jaini's important legacy in the field of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Click here to make an on-line contribution to the Jaini fund. Gifts made by active or retired UC faculty and staff or current students will be matched by the Chancellor's Challenge Matching Gift program through June 2012.