Tibetan Buddhism

In recent years, I have become increasingly interested in the history, philosophy, and current practice of Tibetan Buddhism, both in the course of my project work in the Himalayas and adjacent areas, and in relation to the Emory-Tibet partnership and in affiliation with Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta. My interests articulate variously with the history, religion, and political economy of the Himalayas to the present; Tibetan Buddhist philosophy as bequeathed to and interpreted in 21st century Buddhism; meditational practice; and the implications of Varjrayana tantras for our understanding of intra- and inter-subjectivity, ethics, and the relationship between objectivist science and the mindful introspection of what might be termed subjective empiricism. I am increasingly interested in the development and spread of Tibetan Buddhism in North America via dharma centers, teachings, and networks of practitioners, and in the subjective aspirations and transformations – amid challenges faced – by Western Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. 

Buddhist Publications

Concerning Buddhism in Mongolia, see Part II of my edited volume, Mongolians after Socialism.

Concerning Tibetan Buddhism, see:

Full text – Tibetan Buddhist Leadership: Recent Developments in Historical Context

       (This chapter is published in Buddhism and the Political Process – 2016)

Full text – Self-Possessed and Self-Governed:  Transcendent Spirituality in Tibetan Tantric Buddhism

      (This article is in press with the journal Ethnos, 2017) 


Abstract – The Strange Self: Exploration of Mind through Spirits, Prayer, Meditation, and Death (AAA 2015)


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