The OCBS is at an important point in its history. Professor Zacchetti, the Oxford Numata Chair for Buddhist Studies, has been in post for just over one year. The MPhil Degree in Buddhist Studies, which he will teach, is working its way through the University for ratification. Professor Zacchetti is working with DPhil students. The OCBS will be hosting a workshop on Buddhism and religious minorities in March 2014. If funds allow, we shall, in about a year’s time, co-sponsor a large conference in Poona/Pune on “Strengthening Buddhism in India”. Oxford, more than ever, is poised to become a world force in Buddhist Studies. However, after being mainly funded by its founders, the OCBS now has to ensure sustainable funding to safeguard this future.
Therefore, we are launching this appeal for a bridging fund. If we can raise £30,000 by January 2014, this will ensure our remaining open until September 2014. We will use this time to pursue sources of funding that will establish an endowment of £2 million, ensuring the continuance of the Centre and capitalising on the possibilities arising within Buddhist Studies at Oxford.
We have already raised 1/3 of the bridging fund. We have split the £30,000 into 10 tranches of £3,000 and now seek to raise the remaining tranches. We remind you that we get no funding at all from the University, the government, or any other public source.
Please consider making a donation of whatever you can afford to assist us in this. Whether one of the £3,000 tranches, or a contribution towards one of them, anything you donate will be greatly appreciated and help us to secure our future.
These are some of the activities that would vanish without the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies’ continuance:
- Conferences on important topics within Buddhist Studies which impact on the world – past conferences have included one on the intersection of Buddhism and Science and we have an upcoming workshop on Buddhism and minority religions
- Groundbreaking articles in our Journal that provide entirely new areas of study and, through our policy of transparency, open up academic insights to the wider public
- Important financial support to students of Buddhist Studies at Oxford, enabling fieldwork, conference attendance and other important activities
- Several resources to revive the study of Pali worldwide – including the Wipitaka, the Pali Summer School, and a forthcoming forum
"The OCBS provides me with valuable support and is an important part of developing the field of Buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford"
Professor Zacchetti - Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies