Pharping. ©Kerry Brown, 2011

Pharping. ©Kerry Brown, 2011

• I teach Buddhism and Himalayan religious traditions at Smith College, where I also serve as the director of Smith’s Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. Additionally, I’m a course developer and instructor for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Online Learning Program, based in Boudhanath, Nepal.

• My research involves investigating the relationships between text and practice – specifically, investigating the relationships between Tibetan Buddhist philosophical systems and meditative practices. I’m currently revising a book manuscript that considers some of the aspects of these relationships from the perspective of the 15th-century Tibetan scholar Gorampa Sonam Senge in his text, Synopsis of Madhyamaka (dbu ma’i spyi don).

• Other research interests include religious practices in Kinnaur, women and gender minorities in Buddhism, and the growing role of technology in the humanities.

With Jampa Choling jomos

With jomos (nuns) from the Jampa Choling Nunnery Institute, 2015

• When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m probably brewing beer, riding a bicycle, or playing music.