In Vimalakīrti’s House

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A Festschrift in Honor of Robert A.F. Thurman on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday

Christian K. Wedemeyer John D. Dunne Thomas Freeman Yarnall

Over the course of nearly half a century, Robert A. F. Thurman has left an indelible mark on numerous fields of study, including Buddhist literature, Tantric Buddhism, Tibetan studies, and the comparative sciences of mind. To celebrate his seventieth birthday, Thurman’s students and colleagues have come together to pay tribute to these contributions and to Thurman’s ongoing leadership in these fields by assembling a collection of essays of their own that extend and supplement his groundbreaking research.

In Vimalakīrti’s House is the result of this collaboration and represents a broad spectrum of cutting edge studies in areas central to Thurman’s own scholarly project. The resulting volume is itself a kind of “treasury of the Buddhist sciences,” insofar as its authors explore wide-ranging problems in art, literature, epistemology, history, ritual, buddhology, and lexicography.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 528 pages, 5 x 8 inches
  • $59.95
  • ISBN 9781935011194
about the author
In Vimalakīrti’s House

Christian K. Wedemeyer is associate professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School and in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions and Āryadeva’s Lamp that Integrates the Practices (Caryāmelāpakapradīpa): The Gradual Path of Vajrayāna Buddhism according to the Esoteric Community Noble Tradition.

Other books by Christian K. Wedemeyer:
The Lamp for Integrating the Practices (Caryāmelāpakapradīpa)

In Vimalakīrti’s House

John D. Dunne serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities at the Center for Healthy Minds. He is also chair of the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures. His work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science and Psychology. His more than fifty publications appear in venues ranging across both the Humanities and the Sciences, including Foundations of Dharmakīrti’s Philosophy (2004) and Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics: The Mind (2020). John Dunne speaks in both academic and public contexts, and he occasionally teaches for Buddhist communities. His broader engagements include being a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where he was previously a member of the board of directors, and serving as an academic advisor to the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Other books by John D. Dunne:
Nāgārjuna’s Precious Garland
Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 2
Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence
Foundations of Dharmakīrti’s Philosophy

In Vimalakīrti’s House

Thomas Freeman Yarnall is an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.

Other books by Thomas Freeman Yarnall:
Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (Sngags rim chen mo)

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