Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism
My first monograph examines various functions and contexts of cosmological thinking in Himalayan Buddhism from a highly interdisciplinary perspective. Buddhist notions of the physical world are an integral part of many aspects of ritual, doctrine, artwork, and architecture. Understanding this allows us to see cosmology as a flexible framework for diverse religious expressions rather than an obscure and technical subfield of Buddhist scholasticism.
Listen to an interview about the book.
See the Dimock Prize announcement.
Read a review by David Shulman in the New York Review of Books
Visuality & Materiality
My current research investigates notions of materiality, vision, and representation in Buddhism. The project seeks to synthesize approaches from philosophy, art history, and material culture studies to provide a new way of answering key questions about the roles of sacred objects in religion. More to come.
Art & Text
Alongside these larger projects, I am more generally interested in relationships between visual arts and texts. Recent articles address topics that include the role of illustrations in ritual manuscripts and references to material practices in classic Buddhist literature.