Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions

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“Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions reflects the towering position Matthew Kapstein has claimed in the fields of Buddhist and Tibetan studies. The collection records a snapshot of the most important contemporary research on the intellectual traditions of India, Tibet, and the wider Himalayan region.” —Andrew Quintman, associate professor of Religion, Wesleyan University


Tibetan and Buddhist Studies in Honor of Matthew Kapstein

Dan Arnold Cécile Ducher Pierre-Julien Harter

Particularly known for his groundbreaking and influential work in Tibetan studies, Matthew Kapstein is a true polymath in Buddhist and Asian studies more generally; possessing unsurpassed knowledge of Tibetan culture and civilization, he is also deeply grounded in Sanskrit and Indology, and his highly accomplished work in these cultural and civilizational areas has exemplified a whole range of disciplinary perspectives.

Reflecting something of the astonishing range of Matthew Kapstein’s work and interests, this collection of essays pays tribute to a luminary in the field by exemplifying some of the diverse work in Buddhist and Asian studies that has been impacted by his scholarship and teaching. Engaging matters as diverse as the legal foundations of Tibetan religious thought, the teaching careers of modern Chinese Buddhists, the history of Bhutan, and the hermeneutical insights of Vasubandhu, these essays by students and colleagues of Matthew Kapstein are offered as testament to a singular scholar and teacher whose wide-ranging work is unified by a rare intellectual selflessness.

Learn more about the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $49.95
  • ISBN 9781614295280
  • ebook
  • 432 pages
  • $33.95
  • ISBN 9781614295501
about the author
Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions

Dan Arnold is the co-editor of the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series book Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions. He is Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and author of two award-winning books focused on Indian Buddhist philosophy, including Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia University Press, 2012). Among other things, he has lately been working to complete an anthology of original translations from India’s Madhyamaka textual tradition.

Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions

Cécile Ducher is a research fellow at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. She is the winner of the 2019 Khyentse Foundation Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation in Buddhist Studies for her work on the history of the Ngokpa Kagyü lineage.

Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions

Pierre-Julien Harter is the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the Buddhist concept of the path, especially in the exegetical Indian and Tibetan literature of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra.

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