Michael Sheehy, Ph.D. is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, contemplative sciences and literature. He is the Director of Programs at the Mind & Life Institute where he leads the collaborative design and implementation of interdisciplinary dialogues and educational programs in contemplative sciences. Concurrently, Michael holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he collaborates with the Contemplative Sciences Center and Tibet Center. He was a 2016 Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School.

Michael trained in monastic settings throughout Asia, including three years studying in a Buddhist monastery in the Golok region of far eastern Tibet. For eight years, Michael directed research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center where he led initiatives to digitize rare manuscripts in Tibet and architect the encyclopedic digital library of Tibetan literature, founded by the late Tibetologist E. Gene Smith (1936-2010). Together with Jonang exemplars, he co-founded the Jonang Foundation, an international nonprofit that preserves and promotes research on the little-known Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Michael’s writings and research give attention to Buddhist contemplative techniques and first-person Tibetan life writings on consciousness and its transformations.



“Tibetan Tulku Lines and Networks”

Successive systems of reincarnation or tulku (sprul sku) are fascinating sources for the study of the social history of Tibet. The tulku, predicated on Buddhist metaphysics of rebirth, is a phenomena in which a person is recognized as embodying a previous person, in their own current body. This is technically referred to in Tibetan as one who is “recognized as having returned to existence” (yang srid ngos ‘dzin or sprul sku ngos ‘dzin). Read the full post on the TBRC...

Buddhadharma: The Best Buddhist Books 2012

Straight from the Review Editor’s Desk, we are pleased to make available our selections of the Best Buddhist Books of 2012. Our picks reflect each of the major Buddhist traditions, over half of which are translations into English. This is the inaugural post in a new section on Buddhist book reviews hosted by Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly journal...

“Jonang” in Oxford Bibliographies Online

See the recent article on the Jonang published in the Buddhism section of Oxford Bibliographies Online.

TBRC Workshop Tutorial Video

We recently released the most recent video tutorial, Conducting Tibetological Research in the TBRC Library. This is part of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center’s workshop video series. You can see my tutorial on the most recent features in the TBRC Library and methods for navigating the digital research library. See @TBRCLibraryVideos on the YouTube channel here, TBRC Workshop Tutorial

TBRC Training Workshop

Wednesday, November 28th  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (in English) Michael Sheehy Head of Research, TBRC This workshop is designed to introduce the TBRC’s digital research library resources to the Tibetan studies community. The workshop is threefold: (1) An information session about TBRC with introduction to the historical work of Gene Smith, and the extent of TBRC resources and services; (2)  Practical training for how to navigate and conduct research in the TBRC Library; (3) Discussion of the models of knowledge deployed to access the...

Buddhadharma Book Briefs: Fall 2012

by Michael Sheehy Beating the Cloth Drum (Shambhala 2012) From Here to Enlightenment (Snow Lion 2012) The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English (Wisdom 2012) The Scientific Buddha (Yale 2012) Sustainable Happiness (Routledge 2012) Buddha’s Daughters (Peacock Titles 2011) Confusion Arises as Wisdom (Shambhala 2012) Upright with Poise and Grace (Gnomon 2012) Read the briefs...

Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Details & Poster

Dates, costs, itinerary and enrollment process for the upcoming pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and the ancient kingdoms of western Tibet are now posted at: JonangFoundation.org/Pilgrimage. See the poster,  

Original Jonang Monastery Video

We have uploaded the orignal Jonang Monastery video for your viewing. This includes narration of the migration from the original monastic edifice down the Jomonang valley to the Great Stupa of Jonang to the citadel fortress, Takten Phuntsok Ling Monastery at the cusp of the valley’s edge.

Events at The University of Alabama

Events at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Oct. 01-02: Mapping Scholarship on Tibet: Recent Findings of Jonang Monasteries Presentation at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference Three Years in Tibet: Reflections from a Buddhist Monastery Lunchtime talk Sneak preview screening of Digtal Dharma Documentary on Tibetologist E. Gene Smith Part of the Global Histories and Cultures series. Hosted by the Department of History and Asian Studies Programs. See the flyer for details,...

Young Tibetologists TBRC Workshop

  TBRC  Workshop on “Conducting Tibetological Research” at the International Seminar of Young Tibetologists (ISYT) in Kobe, Japan.