Last week Karma Lekshe Tsomo was at a breakfast with the Dalai Lama in Australia. Then she was off to an international conference on Buddhist women in Vietnam. A specialist in Buddhist studies, the University of San Diego associate professor in Theology and Religious Studies was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The Fulbright program, named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, is the country’s flagship international exchange program. It provides students, scholars and teachers the opportunity to observe and study the political, economic, educational and cultural systems of more than 155 countries around the world. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Tsomo’s $25,000 grant is giving her the opportunity to travel as she researches Buddhist ethics and society from the perspective of South Asian women. Her research will focus on the ways in which Buddhist values inform the decision-making of women in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Tsomo, a Buddhist nun, is studying at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and Chittagong University in Bangladesh. (Full Story on Inside USD)