Tam Shek Wing

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Tam Shek-Wing (1935- ). Originally from the northeastern part of China, his family moved south and settled in the Guangzhou region. His family belongs to one of Ba Qi or the Eight Banners, a military caste in the Qing dynasty. His great grandfather, Tam Guang-Naam, was the first principal of Tongwen Guan in Guangzhou, one of the first official Chinese schools teaching western subjects. His uncle, Tam Shiu-Fu, was a renowned epigrapher and guqin (a seven-string Chinese music instrument) player.

Tam spent his youth immersed in Chinese classics, with a special interest in Buddhism. Later in life, he practiced Buddhism under the guidance of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), the head of Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 1993, he shouldered the responsibility of editing and translating Buddhist scriptures and commentaries. Four separate series presenting the Tathagatagarbha doctrine has been published, and are respected by scholars and practitioners worldwide. Under the tutelage of two master painters, Zhang Chunchu (1869-1942) of the Geshan school and Zhao Chongzheng (1910-1968) of the Lingnan school, Tam’s aesthetics is entirely his own and is widely touted as "Lingnan School of Literati Art."

Tam is the founder of the Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in North America. With the support of international Buddhologists, and in association with Renmin University of China and China Tibetology Centre, he founded the Centre for Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies as a research and training venue for young scholars in Buddhism in China. Currently, he is the visiting professor at Renmin University of China. Invited by many universities, he is also a guest speaker in Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou and other parts of China.

Currently, he is on the governing board for Ontario Chinese Artists Association in Toronto, Canada.


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