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The Khyentse Visitorship

Geoff Bamford

More than three and a half years ago in May 07 the OCBS got an email out of the blue. Would we be interested in establishing a Visitorship for distinguished scholar monks. Yes, we would.

The endowment agreement was signed on roughly a year later. A further year on the best part of a quarter of a million pounds had been donated.

It’s been a long road. For a small organization as ours has been the demands have been considerable. But this is a major opportunity.

We are eternally grateful to Mr Sin-Ming Shaw who had the original idea and to the various donors, mainly from Hong Kong who have supported it. We are also pleased in this way to have an association with a significant community of Buddhist practitioners and scholars organized around the Khyentse lineage and in particular the holder of the lineage – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Most gratifying of all was when Rinpoche agreed to be the first incumbent of the Visitorship that bears the Khyentse name.

Our visitor was here for 16 days only but they were full days. We are still processing his inputs.

Much of his time was spent in the OCBS with graduate students of Tibetan Buddhism – looking at their research projects and studying passages from the key texts they are working with. Time was also allocated to scholars working within other fields of Buddhism. Richard Gombrich’s personal memoir of the visit refers. Rinpoche also spent time in the OMC working with the psychologists and therapists there who are leading the development of mindfulness in a secular western context. He got a chance to interact with the OMC team and to see them in action. He also led a mid-day meditation for them.

Finally, there were some wider public events which attracted a hundred odd people per event to the Examination Schools. One dealt with a specific Tibetan/Buddhist theme; two were very broadly defined, covering Buddhism and Science and Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Practices.

 



 

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