Sakyamuni Rising from the Gold Coffin
Main content start

Shaka (Sakyamuni) Rising from the Gold Coffin (11th century, Japan). Digital image: Wikimedia Commons



The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford (HCBSS) has helped to establish the university as a leading center for the study of Buddhism, but much remains to be done to develop Stanford’s resources to their full potential.

The HCBSS actively seeks community and foundation contributions to this development. If you or your organization would like to support Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the academic and public programs of the HCBSS, please consider making a gift.

Contributions to the HCBSS may take the form of one-time expendable gifts, annual pledges, or endowments. Endowment gifts provide naming opportunities for specific programs. Matching funds may be available for certain types of endowment gifts such as professorships and graduate fellowships. 


Gift Targets

Contributions to the HCBSS may range from general support for Buddhist Studies at Stanford to sponsorship of particular activities and programs. The HCBSS is currently seeking support in particular for the following targets.


An endowed professorship is a high academic honor bestowed upon distinguished scholars. Endowed professorships in Buddhist Studies expand the university's senior faculty and course offerings in the field and ensure that Buddhism is always taught at Stanford. Gifts for a professorship provide the opportunity to name the endowed chair.

Doctoral Fellowships

Graduate students represent the next generation of scholars and will advance research and train future students in Buddhist Studies. Endowed doctoral fellowships enable the university to attract the most promising students to our Buddhist Studies program and ensure that funding will always be available for the advanced study of Buddhism at Stanford. Endowment gifts provide a naming opportunity and may qualify for matching funds from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation fellowships provide support for doctoral students in the final year of the program, during which they finish writing and defend the thesis. Endowed dissertation fellowships free doctoral students from the need for other employment, thus ensuring that they can devote their full time to their studies.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowship appointments enable young scholars to pursue one or more years of research and teaching before embarking on a professorial career. Endowed postdoctoral fellowships enable the university to support new scholarship while expanding its curriculum in Buddhist Studies and enlivening its community of scholars.

Planning a Gift

If you are considering a gift to the HCBSS, we encourage you to consult with us. The staff can assist you in defining the gift's purposes and can introduce you to officers of the School of Humanities and Sciences for advice on terms and conditions. Contact Executive Director Dr. Irene Lin at ihl [at] (ihl[at]stanford[dot]edu) or (650) 736-1301.

How to make a gift

Smaller contributions of expendable funds may be made by check directly to the HCBSS:

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
365 Lasuen Street, 3rd Floor
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
Attn: Irene Lin

Larger contributions of expendable funds, annual pledges, and endowment gifts should be made to the School of Humanities and Sciences, designated for the HCBSS gift target.

Ways to Make a Gift


Stanford's Office of Development provides an online form for credit card gifts to the university. To designate the HCBSS as the recipient, choose "School of Humanities and Sciences," then "Dept or Program," and specify "The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies" under Special Instructions. 



Check payable to "Stanford University." Include a letter of intent designating the gift for the "The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies" and indicating any desired target of the gift. 

Stanford University
Gift Processing
P.O. BOX 20466
Stanford, CA 94305


Credit card contributions may be made by calling Stanford's Office of Development at 866-543-0243 (international: 650-724-0627).



Stanford Links for Information on Giving: