Luke wrote:There are so many of us westerners who yearn to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and/or meditation at a very high level like the Tibetan masters did in the old days.
My question is "What would it take to create new Buddhist centers of learning in every continent of the world which are equivalent to the esteemed, ancient Nalanda University of Naropa and Nagarjuna"?
Nalanda University was in India, so they didn't teach Tibetan Buddhist philosophy
Actually they taught a wide array of things not necessarily limited to Buddhism. They studied numerous world languages and astronomy for example.
Nalanda was also state funded. Nowadays with secular governments, funding a large Buddhist university would not be permissible, but then the faculty would probably not cost very much to maintain.
There are Buddhist universities in the west however. The notable example right now is University of the West in California:http://www.uwest.edu/
However, it is still young and not a monastery of meditation and the philosophical tradition you're thinking of. They have a business administration program for example.
There are also Buddhist universities in Europe and of course all across Asia. However, nothing as famous or active as Nalanda university. My university is Komazawa University which is Soto Zen and has dozens of faculty members whose area of research is Buddhism, but good luck finding somebody who meditates on their own time.
I can only imagine that such a place could be successfully managed by a great Bodhisattva, such as HHDL or Garchen Rinpoche. Only such a person could keep the institution operating according to Buddhist teachings and prevent it from becoming corrupt.
Well, outside of Tibetan Buddhism there are plenty of ordained people who might not be called Bodhisattvas, but still are pure of heart and genuinely compassionate. It might surprise you to know that there are modern Buddhist saints in the Chinese speaking world that are like household names. Why couldn't one of them be chancellor of the university?
Actually the truth is that any mega world Buddhist university in the end would most likely receive its primary funding from a Chinese audience. This is due to sheer numbers. There are a few million Tibetan Buddhists. On the other hand there are hundreds of millions of Chinese Buddhists (many of whom are middle class and can afford to invest a lot of money into Buddhist projects).