Michael R. Sheehy is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and contemplative research. For several years, he studied philosophy and literature in a Buddhist monastery in the nomadic Golok region of far eastern Tibet. He worked closely with the late Tibetologist E. Gene Smith to digitally preserve rare manuscripts across the Tibetan plateau. His writing, translation, and research give attention to Buddhist contemplative practices, the history of thought in Tibet, and interfaces between Buddhism and science. 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 – for the past few years, his focus has been the interdisciplinary study of meditation and the intercultural dialogue between Buddhism and science. He has a particular interest in 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.