Dr. Ryan Damron

Dr. Ryan Damron is a long-time student of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and previously served as Gomde California’s Director of Studies and on its Board of Directors. Ryan holds a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught courses on Buddhist history, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Translation methodology at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal, and as part of Gomde California’s residential study program. He now works as an Editor for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.

Events with Dr. Ryan Damron

Travel, Translation, and Transmission: The Life of Vanaratna
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In this talk, Dr. Ryan Damron will help us explore the Indian pandita Vanaratna’s (1384-1468) biography, and discuss the insights it gives us into the patterns of the transmission of Buddhism in fifteenth-century India, Nepal, and Tibet. Vanaratna lived a remarkable life that unfolded across the length and breadth of South Asia and traversed the Himalayan range. Born when Buddhism was rapidly declining in India, Vanaratna left his homeland to establish his career in the flourishing Buddhist cultures of Nepal and Tibet. As a teacher, author, and pilgrim, Vanaratna traveled through and lived among many of the diverse Buddhist communities…