The Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies has received a $5 million gift from the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation in Hong Kong.
Together with matching funds from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the center will use the funds to increase support for faculty and student research, for visiting fellows, for curriculum development and academic and public events.
"This is one of these steeples of excellence that we are proud to support and have at Stanford," Richard Saller, dean of the School of Humanities & Sciences, said.
The Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies was established in 1997 through a gift to the university. It provides programs for scholars.
Stanford graduate program in Buddhist studies, which is part of the Department of Religious Studies, is one of the largest in the country, with a dozen doctoral students currently enrolled. The program has produced 22 graduates since 1994 who now teach at universities in the United States, Europe and Asia.