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. My work has given attention to marginalized traditions of Tibet, most notably the Jonang order of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as to extensive collaborations with monastic communities to digitally preserve their rare manuscripts across the plateau. Over the past several years, during my appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and my tenure at the Mind & Life Institute where I directed programs including Mind & Life Dialogues XXXII and XXXIII, my research focus has concerned interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue and translation about contemplative experiences. My current writing and research give attention to dynamics of contemplative technique in Tibetan yoga and meditation manuals, and related faculties of attention and reflection, first-person and autobiographical writings on contemplation, 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.

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