I am a scholar of religion, specifically Tibetan Buddhism, who studies the practices, philosophies, and literature of contemplative experiences. My adult life has been immersed in the religious and intellectual traditions of Tibet, a world wherein I trained for three years in a Buddhist monastery in the nomadic cultural domain of Golok. My research gives attention to marginalized traditions of Tibet, most notably the Jonang order of Tibetan Buddhism. For over a decade, through extensive collaborations with monastic communities, I worked to digitally preserve rare Tibetan manuscripts across the plateau. Over the past several years, since my appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and then at the Mind & Life Institute where I directed programs including Mind & Life Dialogues XXXII and XXXIII with the Dalai Lama, my research focus has been the intercultural dialogue and translation of contemplative practices. My current writing and research give attention to contemplative techniques in Tibetan yoga and meditation manuals, autobiographical writings about contemplative experiences, the history of science in Tibet, and contributions of Buddhism to discourses in the humanities, cultural psychology, and the medical and cognitive sciences.
Along with Klaus-Dieter Mathes (Vienna University), I edited the multi-author book, The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet (SUNY Press 2019) that anthologizes leading international scholars on the history, literature, and philosophy of the zhentong view of emptiness in Tibet.