Michael R. Sheehy is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism who studies contemplative practices. His writing, translation, and research give attention to contemplative and philosophical thought in Tibet, and more broadly, to the relevance of meditation research to the interdisciplinary humanities. Michael’s research focuses on the generative, dynamic, and ever-evolving processes of contemplative practices detailed in Vajrayāna yoga and meditation manuals. For over a decade, he worked with monastic communities on-the-ground to digitally preserve rare manuscripts across the Tibetan plateau. Michael studied extensively in Buddhist Asia, including several years studying philosophy and literature in a Buddhist monastery in the nomadic Golok cultural domain of far eastern Tibet. As a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School and at the Mind & Life Institute – where he directed programs including Mind & Life Dialogues XXXII in Botswana and XXXIII in India with the Dalai Lama – his focus has been the intercultural dialogue between Buddhism and science. Over the past few years, he has collaborated in interdisciplinary dialogues that interface Buddhism with discourses in the humanities, cultural psychology, and the cognitive sciences.
Michael is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of Scholarship at the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia. He is a Series Editor for the Contemplative Sciences as well as the Traditions and Transformations in Tibetan Buddhism book series at the University of Virginia Press. With Klaus-Dieter Mathes (Vienna University), he co-edited, The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet, and his next book will be on the history and philosophy of the Jonang order of Tibetan Buddhism.