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Ji Hyang smiles at the camera, in front of a tree

Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D., Buddhist Chaplain

Welcome from the Buddhist Chaplaincy

Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt; so do all of the teachings of Buddha have but one taste, the taste of liberation. -- The Udana, KN, Pali Canon

The Buddhist Chaplaincy at Tufts aspires to support all Tufts community members in their cultivation of clarity, compassion, and insight, so that we may be of service to all beings.

Although I am new to Tufts, I have been a Buddhist chaplain in higher education for over twenty years. What I have found at the heart of all relationships is “interbeing:” we come into being together. We support each other. This is the treasure of Sangha. Right now, our community is actualizing Sangha through sitting retreats, weekly practice, and through the nourishment of Dharma friendships. We are also pioneering an online “midday mindfulness” session for the campus community this autumn. I welcome you to each gathering, just as you are.

In our mutual support the heart of the Buddha's teaching shines clearly: we are all interconnected. The effort we each make towards bodhicitta, awakened heart, brightens our world. I look forward to welcoming you to our community and being together.

With best wishes and metta,

Ji Hyang Padma

Buddhist Chaplain





Welcome from the Sangha Community

"Of all the communities at Tufts that seek to connect students, practice one's faith, and learn life-long lessons, the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha (Sangha means a wholesome community) has been the most astounding. As a freshman, I attended Venerable Priya's talks, and in my first semester we discussed Buddhist texts, went to dinners dedicated to fostering spirituality and compassion, held movie nights, and learned from our local community of monastics. This year as a rising senior, I look back on my years feeling excited to see what new community members will learn and the questions they will have. Welcome to the Sangha!" -Ryan Dreher, A21, Former Co-president, Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha

Please contact the 2021-2022 student leadership team with any questions.

E-Board Member Jiamin Li 
E-Board Member Neha Ratnapuri
E-Board Member Anna Wang