Publications

Books

The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa. South Asia Across the Disciplines Series. New York: Columbia University Press. 2014.
* Recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Textual Studies.
* Recipient of Yale University’s 2015 Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarship.
Honorable Mention for the 2016 Association of Asian Studies’ E. Gene Smith Book Prize.

The Life of Milarepa. New York: Penguin Classics. 2010.

Buddhism on the Border: The Formation of Religious Tradition on the Frontier of Tibet and Nepal. Under contract with Columbia University Press; in preparation.

The Life of the Buddha at Jonang: Literature, Art, and Institution. In preparation, co-authored with Kurtis Schaeffer.

Edited Volumes

Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer. Edited by Andrew Quintman and Benjamin Bogin. Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism [peer reviewed series], Boston: Wisdom Publications. 2014.

Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. (Contributing author). Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2013.

Reading Tibetan Literature. Co-edited with Janet Gyatso and Kurtis Schaeffer. In preparation.

Book Chapters

“Redacting Sacred Landscape in Nepal: The Vicissitudes of Yolmo’s Tiger Cave Lion Fortress.” In Highland Passages: Himalayan Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer. Edited by Benjamin Bogin and Andrew Quintman, 69-95. Boston: Wisdom Publications. 2014.

Synthesizing Image and Text in the Life of the Buddha.” In progress for publication in Introduction to Digital Humanities: Research Methods for the Study of Religion, edited by Christopher D. Cantwell and Kristian Peterson. Berlin: DeGruyter.

“Illuminating the Yogin’s Path: Manuscript Illustrations in Tibetan Biography.” In progress for publication in Books and Readers in the Pre-Modern World, edited by Karl Evan Shuve.

Journal Articles

“Putting the Buddha to Work: Śākyamuni in the Service of Monastic Identity.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 40. Forthcoming.

“The Life of the Buddha at Rtag brtan Phun tshogs gling Monastery in Text, Image, and Institution: A Preliminary Overview.” Journal of Tibetology 13 (2016): 32-73. Co-authored with Kurtis Schaeffer. PDF

“Wrinkles in Time: On the Problem of Mi la ras pa’s Dates.” Acta Orientalia 74 (2015 [2013]): 3-26. PDF

“Opening the Eyes of Faith: Constructing Tradition in a Sixteenth-Century Catalogue of Tibetan Religious Poetry” Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 32. Avril (2015): 87-151. Co-authored with Stefan Larsson. PDF

Life Writing as Literary Relic: Image, Inscription, and Consecration in Tibetan Biography.” Material Religion 9, no. 4 (2013): 468-505. PDF
* Included in the 10th Anniversary Editor’s Choice Volume of Material Religion. Available HERE.

Between History and Biography: Notes on Zhi byed ri pa’s Illuminating Lamp of Sun and Moon Beams, a Fourteenth-Century Biographical State of the Field.” Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 23, Avril (2012): 5-41. PDF

Marriage, Kinship, and Inheritance in Zhi byed ri pa’s Account of Mi la ras pa’s Early Life.” Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 23, Avril (2012): 43-49. Co-authored with Geoff Childs. PDF

Toward a Geographic Biography: Milarepa’s Life in the Tibetan Landscape.” Numen 55, no. 4 (2008): 363-410. PDF

Reviews / Anthologies / Encyclopedia & Dictionary Entries / Reports

Review of Rolf Stein’s Tibetica Antiqua. By Rolf A. Stein. Journal of the American Oriental Society. 134: No. 4 (2015): 879-880.

“Milarepa Returns to the Land of His Birth.” In Norton Anthology of World Religions. Edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. New York: W. W. Norton & Co2014.

Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories – A workshop report,” Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 33: No. 1, Article 18. 2014. (With Austin Lord and Sara Shneiderman)

“Readings from The Life of Milarepa.” In Sources of Tibetan Tradition. Edited by Matthew Kapstein, Kurtis Schaeffer and Gray Tuttle. New York:  Columbia University Press. 2013.

“Milarepa.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press. Spring, 2012. LINK

Review of The Culture of the Book in Tibet. By Kurtis Schaeffer. History of Religions. Spring, 2012.

“Kagyu.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. LINK

“Marpa.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. LINK

Review of King of the Empty Plain:  The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo, By Cyrus Stearns. Religious Studies Review 36, no. 1 (2010).

Review of Angry Monk:  Reflections on Tibet, directed by Luc Schaedler. Education About Asia 13, no. 1 (2008): 57-8.

Review of King of the Empty Plain:  The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo, By Cyrus Stearns. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76, no. 3 (2008): 709-712.

“Mi-la-ras-pa.” Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition. New York: Macmillan Reference. 2005.

Review of Buddhism A to Z, edited by Ronald Epstein. Journal of Asian Studies 63, no. 4 (2004): 1073.

“Bka’ brgyud,” “Jo khang,” “Kailāsa,” “Karma pa,” “Ma gcig lab sgron,” “Mahāmudrā,” “Mahāsiddha,” “Mar pa,” “Mi la ras pa,” “Nāropa,” “Potala.”  Robert Buswell, ed. Encyclopedia of Buddhism. New York: Macmillan Reference. 2004.