Tibet Foundation

Tibet Foundation Lecture in celebration of Tibet Foundation Day 2017

Nov 21, 2017

'Bon and Buddhism, Two Faces of the Same Coin?' by Professor Emeritus Per Kværne, University of Oslo, On Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Professor Emeritus Per Kværne
Venue:  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London  
 Time:   On Tuesday,  21st November 2017, at 7 pm to 8 PM.  
Per Kværne is a prominent Norwegian Tibetologist and historian of religion. From 1970 to 1975 he worked as a lecturer in the history of religion at the University of Bergen. In 1973 he received the dr.philos. degree from the University of Oslo with his thesis An Anthology of Buddhist Tantric Songs. From 1975 to 2007 he was professor of the history of religion at the University of Oslo, and he is now a professor emeritus.
In 1966, Per Kvaerne invited Sangye Tenzin Jongdong to Norway to teach Tibetan history and religion at the University of Oslo. While teaching in Oslo, Sangye Tenzin got selected to become the 33rd Abbot Menri, as spiritual leader of the Bon religion until his demise recently on 14th Sept 2017. Per Kvaerne has been a life-long friend and supporter of the Tibetan people.
In 1976 he became an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. From 1992 he served as Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture, Oslo. He published a series of books on religious history, mainly on Bön and Buddhism.
He is widely acknowledged as one of the world's experts on the Tibetan Bön religion alongside Samten G. Karmay and Dan Martin.
Per Kværne became a Catholic on June 15, 1998. Starting in the autumn of 2008 he was a student priest of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo, and in 2010 Kværne was ordained Roman Catholic priest. Nowadays he is Chaplain of St. Olav’s Cathedral, Oslo.