On October 30, 2016, through the kindness of Professors Robert M. Garvin and Juliette Guttman, the Tsechen Kunchab Ling Library added over 800 books to its permanent collection in the fields of Buddhist studies, Asian religions, and Western philosophy. The books were a gift from the estate of Professor Robert M. Garvin, who was a professor in the Philosophy Department at the State University of New York at Albany for 37 years. The collection represents the treasured books from his personal library.
Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen presided over the accession ceremony, which was attended by 20 students from Vassar College. Professor Juliette Guttman was the guest speaker, who shared inspiring anecdotes from Professor Garvin’s life, teaching, and mentorship of students. All present shared interesting things they had learned from reading the books in the collection.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone present opened books from the collection and read aloud simultaneously, bringing the books again to life, in grateful memory of Professor Garvin.