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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.

 

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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.    

Buddhadharma Book Briefs: Summer 2012

by Michael Sheehy Open Heart, Open Mind (Harmony Books 2012) Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies (Oxford 2012) Nothing and Everything (North Atlantic Books 2012) To Dispel the Misery of the World (Wisdom 2012) The Magic of Awareness (Snow Lion 2012) Living by Vow (Wisdom 2012) Dreaming Yourself Awake (Shambhala 2012) Speaking for Buddhas (Columbia 2011)   Read the briefs...

The New School Tibet Excursion ’12

    The New School University’s study excursion to Tibet completed it’s second consecutive year. The program, “Living Tibetan Buddhist Culture” is designed & led by Michael Sheehy to give students an immersion in Tibetan life and ideas. Students spent three weeks on pilgrimage to some of he prominent cultural and historical sites in central...

Pilgrimage 2013: Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash, Zhang Zhung & the Guge Kingdoms: Western Tibet August 02-25, 2013 A Cultural & Educational Expedition Hosted by Jonang Foundation After the incredible 2011 journey through central Tibet, we are happy to announce that the biannual Jonang Foundation pilgrimage to power places in Tibet continues in 2013. Different from our previous pilgrimages, the 2013 expedition will have Tibet’s most sacred mountain — Mount Kailash — as the apex of the journey. We will embark southward from Tibet’s cultural capital in...

The Panchen Lama Enumerations

There are different systems of reckoning Lobzang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662) as the first or the fourth in the incarnate line of the Panchen Lamas. This gives us two distinct enumerations of the Panchen Lamas. Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen was conferred the title “Panchen Bhogto” (པཎ་ཆེན་བྷོག་ཏོ།) by Gushri Khan. Later in 1713, the title “Panchen Erteni” (པཎ་ཆེན་ཨེར་ཏེ་ནི།) was conferred to Panchen Lozang Yeshe by the Khanxi Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. According to...

Buddhadharma Book Briefs: Spring 2012

by Michael Sheehy A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom (Shambhala 2011) Making Zen Your Own (Wisdom 2012) Tsongkhapa’s Praise for Dependent Relativity (Wisdom 2011) Bringing Home Zen (Hawaii 2011) The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk (Columbia 2011) The Lankavatara Sutra (Counterpoint 2012) Jamgon Mipam (Shambhala 2011) The Range of the Bodhisattva (Columbia 2011)     Read the briefs...

Jonang Takten Monastery 3D

We have released the initial stage of our 3D map of the Jonang Takten Monastery campus in central Tibet. For an introduction to this project, see the post on Jonangpa.com. As this project develops, we’ll be adding further details about this site including images from inside the monastery such as its famous wall murals, a catalog of texts printed in the printery, and descriptions based on Taranatha’s own writings. New features will allow viewers to virtually navigate Takten Monastery. View the Takten Monastery Interactive...

Tibetan Literary Genres & Subjects

With our recent launch of the revised library, we are stressing the distinction between Genres (རྩོམ་རིགས།) and Subjects (བརྗོད་བྱ།), and inherent tensions that lie therein. This distinction is a result of our methodology for classification, based on our practices of categorizing texts according to their topics over the past several years. It is part of a more rigorous assessment of the structure and organization of Tibetan literature as a whole within our digital holdings. Read the full post...

Buddhist Language & Poetics

Join us Wednesday nights this spring on campus in the village to read poetic selections from Tibetan verses. I’d like to spend some time discussing Tibetan poetic theory & sense. We’ll read a variety of materials from poets such as Saraha, Milarepa, Shabkar, and modern selections. Course starts January 25th. Registration is open through Continuing Education at The New School; see, Tibetan at The New School for more information … Download the course...