Smith College is widely recognized as a vital center for Buddhist studies. The college has many internationally recognized scholars, whose research and teaching span a wide range of Buddhist traditions and disciplinary approaches, and many programs for students in both the study and practice of Buddhism. Smith is also part of the Five Colleges, which has one of the largest concentrations of scholars of Buddhist Studies in the United States, creating a wonderful opportunity for both faculty and students to collaborate. The area surrounding the college also offers numerous ways to learn about Buddhism, as there are more than 50 Buddhist groups and organizations in the Pioneer Valley and many more in the near vicinity.
Ryūmon Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín Sensei, Religious Adviser to the Buddhist Community, offers the invocation at the inauguration of Smith College president Kathleen McCartney on October 19, 2013.