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Dhondup T. Rekjong Named 2024 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellow in Buddhist Studies

May 22, 2024

Program Supports 11 Scholars from Around the World for Full Time Preparation of Dissertations in Buddhist Studies

The Religious Studies Department is proud to announce that Dhondup T. Rekjong has been awarded a 2024 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Dhondup T. Rekjong is one of 11 scholars at universities in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States who have been awarded $30,000 each for dissertation fieldwork, archival research, and writing. This program is made possible by a grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global and administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

 Rekjong ’s research project is titled “Silence and Speech” and focuses on how a generation of Tibetan scholars employed the Buddhist approach of skillful means to preserve and cultivate Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language within the walls of China's colonialism from 1950 to 1990. The publications, correspondences, and oral histories of these scholars provide significant contributions to research on colonialism, the fluidity of religion and secularity, and indigenous cultural knowledge in the field of religious studies and beyond.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies promotes the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthens international networks of Buddhist scholars, and increases the visibility of new knowledge and research on Buddhist traditions.