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Tam Shek-wing (1935-) is a Buddhist scholar, painter, poet, writer and social critic. He is the founder of the Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America, and the Chief Academic Consultant for the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies.

Master Tam was born in Guangzhou, China. In his youth, he was given a Classicist's education and was exposed to subjects ranging from the arts to philosophy to science, laying the foundation for a long, multi-faceted career. In spite of his involvement in many areas, Master Tam's lifelong dedication lies in Buddhism. He received systematic training of the rNying ma school of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, the late leader of the Nyingma School of Buddhism in Tibet. In 1986, Master Tam emigrated from Hong Kong to Hawaii and then to Toronto in 1993.

Tam has studied and practiced Buddhism for over forty years, during which he has written, translated (from Sanskrit and Tibetan into Chinese) and edited over 70 books on Buddhism and the related training. His writings are well-received by scholars worldwide. His recent writings include A Study of the Avikalpapravesa-dharani and The Two Truths of the Tathagatagarbha. The first book is a comparative study of the Tibetan and Chinese translations of an early Mahayana text, The Dharani of Approaching Non-conceptuality (Avikalpapravesa-dharani). The latter book is a study and translation of two Tibetan works on the doctrine of Buddha-nature (tathagatagarbha) by the eminent 19th century Tibetan scholar, Mi pham rgya mtsho.

Currently, the Sumeru Press in Toronto, Canada is the publisher of English translations of his work, and has published one book, Natural Appearances Natural Liberation, thus far. Currently, he is writing and editing a series called “Beyond Words,” presenting the secret teaching in the Buddhist Canon.

In 2008, Tam was invited to as Guest Lecturer at the Renmin University in China. In the process, he established the Centre for Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. He became their Visiting Professor and the Chief Academic Consultant for the Monograph Series of Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. With students from five participating universities in China, his lectures focused on the Tathagatagarbha (Buddha-nature) doctrine. In the past five years, under the support and tutelage of the Centre, 17 students were admitted into the PhD programs, doing research on Buddhism in reputable universities in the United States, France, Germany and Japan. By invitation of Zhejiang University, Sun Yat-Sen University and other universities in China, he also gave guest lectures of Tathagatagarbha and the related system of training.

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