A scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and contemplative research, Michael’s work gives attention to Buddhist philosophy of mind, practices of contemplation, and the history of Buddhist thought in Tibet. His current research focuses on Tibetan yoga and meditation manuals, and contributions of Buddhism to discourses in the humanities, cultural psychology, and the cognitive sciences.

At the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, he leads an interdisciplinary digital research collaborative to document historical and contemporary contemplative practices and synthesize scholarship in the contemplative humanities and sciences. He recently coedited with Klaus-Dieter Mathes (Vienna University) 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.

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