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Congratulations Gwen!

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Congratulations to Gwenaelle Witt-Doerring, who successfully defended her MA Thesis!


Slob dpon bson nam rste mo and his saintly death: Illuminating the 2nd Founding Father’s Position within the Sakya Tradtion.”

The thesis supervisor was Dr. Karin L. Meyers and the External Reader was Khenpo Ngawang Jorden, Ph.D.
Director of IBA in Kathmandu

Gwen started her Buddhist Studies career in her home town, at the University of Vienna where she studied Tibetology.  In 2007 she transferred to the Bachelor’s program at the Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. 

Taking a break from the BA program studies, Gwen entered the one year Translator Training program in 2009 and after successfully completing this intensive program, continued her BA studies and graduated in 2010. 
In the same year she enrolled in the Master of Arts program in Buddhist Studies. 
Gwen secured a scholarship from Tsadra Foundation for her MA studies at CBS. After completing the MA work, she joined the monastic shedra at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling for a full year. 
On top of her intensive academic studies at RYI Gwen is a mother of three wonderful children and has juggled those challenges of family and student live impressively well.   
Last Summer, Gwen coordinated the Tibetan language partners and worked as program assistant for RYI. 

We wish her all the best for the future and hope to see and hear more of her work. 

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