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).


With Jampa Choling jomos

With jomos (nuns) from the Jampa Choling Nunnery Institute

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

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