From September 13-15, Rangjung Yeshe Institute attended the first summit of the IABU (International Association of Buddhist Universities, www.iabu.org), held in Bangkok, Thailand. The IABU is a new organization, created to increase cooperation and interaction between universities and colleges that draw inspiration from the living Buddhist tradition in their teaching methods and academic perspective.
Attending the summit at the invitation of the IABU were the two senior lecturers at RYI, Khenpo Sherab Dorje and Khenpo Jampa Donden, as well as the Director of Studies, Andreas Doctor. The three days of meetings culminated in the creating of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by more than 100 Buddhist member universities including RYI. Apart from participating in the discussions on the structure and future of the IABU, the two khenpos also performed prayers for the conference together with other scholars from the Tibetan institutions as representatives of the Vajrayana tradition.