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.



Buddhadharma Book Briefs: Winter 2011

by Michael Sheehy The Teachings of Master Wuzhu (Columbia 2011) The Hidden Life of the Sixth Dalai Lama (Lexington 2011) Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic (Columbia 2011) The Bodhisattva’s Brain (MIT 2011) Mahamudra and Related Instructions (Wisdom 2011) Zen Questions (Wisdom 2011) The Buddha and His Dhamma (Oxford 2011) Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind (Snow Lion 2011) Principles of Buddhist Tantra (Wisdom 2011) Read the briefs...