Welcome Dr. Thomas Doctor as the New Principal

“We are so fortunate to have the Rangjung Yeshe Institute as a live gateway to the great living wisdom traditions. I’m humbled by this opportunity to serve the Dharma and sentient beings, and I look forward to walking the path together with everyone wishing to join.”

Rangjung Yeshe Institute is delighted to welcome Dr. Thomas Doctor as the Principal of KU-CBS at RYI.

Dr. Thomas Doctor received his BA and MA degrees in Tibetan Studies from the University of Copenhagen and his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Lausanne. He has studied Buddhist philosophy extensively at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery since the late 1980s and continues to serve as a translator for the lamas and scholars there.

Thomas’ main research interests are the pāramitā and mantra views and practices of Buddhism in India and Tibet. He has translated several classics of Buddhist philosophy, including Speech of Delight (Ju Mipham’s commentary to the Madhyamakālaṃkāra) and Ornament of Reason (Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü’s commentary to the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā). Dr.Thomas continues to contribute to the 84000, an ongoing project to translate the Tibetan collection of the Buddha’s words and associated treatises into English. He is also the director of the Center for the Study of Apparent Selves (CSAS), a research institute that explores and develops interfaces between Buddhism and the sciences of life and information.

Please join all of us in extending a very warm welcome to our Principal, Dr. Thomas Doctor!


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