Reflecting on Khyentse Norbu’s talk at SOAS Award Ceremony
During his talk at SOAS Award Ceremony, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche also known as Khyentse Norbu expressed surprise and humility for being granted an honorary degree by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Despite not considering himself a significant contributor to society, he hopes this recognition will inspire others to contribute in the future.
He discussed the varied meanings associated with the term “Oriental” and the stereotypes attached to it, suggesting that Orientals may adopt a Western viewpoint at the expense of their own traditions.
He encouraged Occidentals to appreciate Oriental and African studies with genuine respect and humility, fostering a more balanced understanding.
Acknowledging the responsibility that comes with the honorary degree, Khyentse Norbu expressed his dedication to promoting genuine empathy, which he sees as a core value of SOAS.