Michael R. Sheehy is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and contemplative studies. His writings and research give attention to the history of philosophical thought and contemplative practices in Tibet. For over a decade, he worked with the the late Tibetologist E. Gene Smith and monastic communities on-the-ground to digitally preserve rare manuscripts across the Tibetan plateau. For several years, he studied Buddhist philosophy and literature in a monastery in the nomadic Golok cultural domain of far eastern Tibet. As a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School and then at the Mind & Life Institute – where he directed programs including Mind & Life Dialogues XXXII and XXXIII with the Dalai Lama – his focus has been the intercultural dialogue between Buddhism and science. His current research interest is the dynamics of contemplative practices as detailed in Vajrayana yoga and meditation manuals. Over the past few years, he has collaborated in interdisciplinary dialogues about the contributions of Buddhism to discourses in the humanities, cultural psychology, and the cognitive sciences.
He is co-editor with Klaus-Dieter Mathes (Vienna University) of The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet on the zhentong philosophy of emptiness in Tibet. His next book will be on the history and philosophy of the Jonang order of Tibetan Buddhism.