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Spring Term 2015

March 9 – August 31, 2015
Revealing the Treasures of Buddhist Studies at Berkeley
Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery
Sponsor: Library

Revealing the Treasures of Buddhist Studies at Berkeley

This exhibit celebrates the intellectual contributions, as well as the global impact and legacy, of UC Berkeley's unique program in Buddhist studies. It features publications of alumni and faculty, as well as Berkeley's manuscript collections that made this research possible. While the scholarship presented here reflects the broad interdisciplinary orientation of the Berkeley program, it is grounded in the philological expertise — the ability to work with often arcane Buddhist canonical materials that survive in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese — that is the hallmark of the Berkeley program.

This exhibit recognizes the scholars who founded the Group in Buddhist Studies, their precursors, and those who continue to lead the program today. It features samples of East Asian Buddhist canons, Mongolian and Tibetan texts, Dunhuang manuscript canons, sacred texts of Nepalese Buddhism, Southeast Asian palm-leaf manuscripts, The Tipiṭaka, an edition of the Pali given by King Chulalongkorn of Siam, as well as European publications of Buddhist studies. The exhibit highlights the evolution, breadth, and remarkable success of Buddhist studies scholarship at Berkeley through materials housed at The Bancroft Library, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Doe Library, South/Southeast Asia Library, and Northern Regional Library Facility.

Download the exhibition guide here.

Event Contact: 510‑643‑0850

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?
A Day-Long Public Talk With Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
(With Chinese Translation)
Wheeler Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies in partnership with Khyentse Foundation and Siddhartha's Intent - Western Door

Fee: $20
For more information on how to register please visit:


9:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Program Begins
1:15-2:30 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30-6:00 p.m. Program Continues
(There will be breaks throughout the day.)

In classrooms and dharma centers alike, westerners encountering Buddhism for the first time must come to terms with the widespread Buddhist belief in rebirth. For many, death represents the ultimate unknown, the ultimate lesson in impermanence. Why then, they ask themselves, should they believe Buddhism's answer to this perplexing question, any more than the answers of other religions that teach eternal salvation in heaven or damnation in hell? Does rebirth fall into the category of "cultural trappings," such as sexist views of women, certain ritual forms, and belief in traditional Indian cosmology — cultural accretions that can be dismissed as extraneous to the "core teachings" of Buddhism?

Many westerners view belief in reincarnation as simply irrelevant to their engagement in Buddhism. Yet for centuries, Buddhist texts have been filled with warnings about heretics who deny the existence of rebirth and the ethical ramifications of such views. How are we to understand such warnings? And if we discard all such "cultural trappings" as irrelevant to what is essential about Buddhism, what is left of a religion that teaches the lack of any independent essence?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is a Buddhist scholar and teacher. He is the head of Dzongsar Khamje College in Sichuan, China; Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra and Deer Park Institute in Bir, India; and Chokyi Gyatso Institute in Dewathang, Bhutan. Rinpoche has also established centers in Australia, North America and the Far East and is a sought-after teacher of Buddhism all over the world. Khyentse Rinpoche was trained in Buddhist studies from a very young age and is a prominent scholar of the Tibetan Rimey (nonsectarian) tradition, following the heritage of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and other Rimey masters.

Rinpoche attended Sakya College in India and studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He is the author of the best sellers What Makes You Not a Buddhist and Not for Happiness. His commentaries on Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara: Introduction to the Middle Way and on Arya Maitreya's Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra: Buddha Nature are studied and appreciated by Buddhist students the world over. Rinpoche served as an advisor to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci on Little Buddhaand wrote and directed the films The Cup, Travelers & Magicians, and Vara: A Blessing.

Parking in Berkeley can be difficult. A list of parking lots close to Wheeler Auditorium is found at this link: Or take BART,, to the Berkeley station and stroll 0.6 miles accross the campus to Wheeler Auditorium.

Event Contact: Linda Page at

中文連絡人: 張台生

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2015 年7月19日(週日)
9:00am 註冊
10:00am 講座開始
1:15-2:30pm 午餐休息
2:30-6:00pm 講座

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會場 Wheeler Auditorium 資訊:


若是搭乘BART,請查: 抵達柏克萊站後經由校園走0.6哩即可抵達。

講座聯絡人: Linda Page

中文連絡人: 張台生