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posterThis prize is awarded annually for the best academic paper written for a class taken at Smith on a subject in the field of Buddhist Studies. Smith undergraduates as well as those in the Five Colleges are eligible.



2016 Recipients

Casey E. Rau '16, "Language and Buddhism: An Exploration of the Skillful Uses of Language and Silence"
Anarmily Nazir '17 (Hampshire College), "Holy Madman: Awakening with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche"

List of previous recipients

2015: Jamie Samdahl '15, "A Struggle for Reconciliation: The Life and Death of Jack Kerouac's Spirituality"
2014: Divya Chand '14, "Death and Funeral Rites in Tibetan Buddhism"
2013: Zoe Zaferiou '13, "The Psychology of Kōan"


A student competing should submit a printed copy of the paper together with the required cover sheet to Phoebe McKinnell, Wright Hall 106, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester. One need not be a Buddhist Studies concentrator to submit a paper.

Winners are notified by the Dean of the College in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation and at Opening Convocation in the fall.

Watch the lecture

Venerable Subul Sunim—Abbot of the Beomeosa Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and Head Teacher, International Seon Center at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea—gave a talk entitled “Zen Meditation for Today: A New Approach by a Modern Korean Master” at Smith College on November 5, 2012. Dr. Ryan Bongseok Joo, of Hampshire College, provided translation.