Cathy Cantwell

Position:

Associate Faculty Member; Associate Faculty Member

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Wolfson College

Email:

catherine dot cantwell at orinst dot ox dot ac dot uk

Research Interests:

  • Early rNying ma tantric tradition
  • Critically editing old Tibetan texts
  • Dunhuang tantric texts
  • Contemporary Tibetan ritual
  • bDud 'joms gter ma tradition

Current Projects:

  • A Comparative Study of the Earliest Bon and Buddhist Phur pa traditions (AHRC; with Dr Charles Ramble and Dr Robert Mayer)
  • Authorship, originality and innovation in Tibetan Scriptural Revelations:  A case study from the Dudjom Corpus (AHRC; with Professor Vesna Wallace and Dr Robert Mayer)

Courses Taught:

  • Buddhism II (Lecture series, 2007-2008)

Recent Publications:

Books:

  • (with Robert Mayer) 2012 A Noble Noose of Methods, the Lotus Garland Synopsis: A Mahāyoga Tantra and its Commentary, Vienna, The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.  (Output of our AHRC project, A Critical Edition of the Thabs-kyi zhags-pa padmo 'phreng-ba and a Comparative Study of its Commentary, 2006-2010.)
  • Buddhism: The Basics, 2009 Routledge, London.
  • (with Robert Mayer) 2008 Early Tibetan Documents on Phur pa from Dunhuang, Vienna, The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.  (Output of our AHRC project, A Detailed Study of the Complete Dunhuang Phur-pa Materials, 2004-2007.)
  •  (with Rob Mayer) 2007 The Kīlaya Nirvāna Tantra and the Vajra Wrath Tantra: two texts from the Ancient Tantra Collection, Vienna, The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. vi, 289 pages, plus editions of texts on cd (529 pages).

Forthcoming Books:

  • (with Geoffrey Samuel, with contributions by Robert Mayer and P. Ogyan Tanzin) The Seed of Immortal Life: Contexts and Meanings of a Tibetan Longevity Practice. (Output of our AHRC project with Professor Geoffrey Samuel at the University of Cardiff, Longevity Practices and Concepts in Tibet: A Study of Long-Life Practices in the Dudjom Tradition, 2006-2009.)
  • with contributions by Robert Mayer Dudjom Rinpoche's Vajrakīlaya Works: A Study in Authoring, Compiling and Editing Texts in the Tibetan Revelatory Tradition. (Output of our AHRC project on Authorship, originality and innovation in Tibetan Scriptural Revelations:  A case study from the Dudjom Corpus.)

Electronic Publications:

Articles:

  • (with Robert Mayer) "Longevity Rituals in the Bon Phur pa tradition: Chapter 25 of the Black Pillar", in Charles Ramble and Ulrike Roesler (eds) Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: an Anthology for Anthony Aris, 2015, Vajra Books, Kathmandu: 107-118.
  • "Development of a Tantric Meditation Practice: Three Generations of Tibetan Lamas" 2014 in Buddhist Meditative Traditions: Their Origin and Development  (Dharma Drum Buddhist College Special Series, no. 2; Editor-in-Chief, Kuo-pin Chuang).  Taipei, Shin Wen Feng Print Co.: 373-403.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "Neither the same nor different: The Bon Ka ba Nag po in relation to contemporaneous rNying ma Phur pa texts", in Brandon Dotson, Kazushi Iwao and Tsuguhito Takeuchi (eds) 2013, Scribes, Texts, and Rituals in Early Tibet and Dunhuang, Wiesbaden, Reichert Verlag: 87-100.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "A Dunhuang Phurpa Consecration Rite: IOL Tib J 331.III's Consecrations Section", in Matthew Kapstein and Sam van Schaik (eds) Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for this Life and Beyond, Brill, Leiden 2010: 3-60.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "The creation and transmission of a textual corpus in the twentieth century: the 'Chi med srog thig", in Anne Chayet, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Françoise Robin, Jean-Luc Achard (eds) 2010, Edition, éditions: l'écrit au Tibet, évolution et devenir.  Munich: Indus Verlag, Collectanea Himalayica: 65-83.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "Continuity and Change in Tibetan Mahāyoga Ritual: Some Evidence from the Tabzhag (Thabs zhags) Manuscript and other Dunhuang Texts", in José Cabezón 2010, Tibetan Ritual, New York, OUP: 69-88.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "A Noble Noose of Methods, the Lotus Garland Synopsis: Methodological issues in the study of a Mahāyoga text from Dunhuang", Journal of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Issue 5 (December 2009): 1-51, http://www.thlib.org/?tid=T5696.
  • (with Robert Mayer) "The Dunhuang Phur pa Corpus: A Survey", and "Why did the Phur pa tradition become so prominent in Tibet?", in Orna Almogi, ed. 2009 Contributions to Tibetan Buddhist Literature. PIATS 2006: Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the Eleventh Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Königswinter 2006. Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung 14. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (pp. 248-276 and 277-314).
  • (with Robert Mayer) "Enduring myths: smrang, rabs and ritual in the Dunhuang texts on Padmasambhava", in Françoise Pommaret and Jean-Luc Achard (eds) 2008 Tibetan Studies in Honor of Samten Karmay, Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines (Langues et Cultures de l'Aire Tibétaines, CNRS, Paris, available online: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/ret/), Vol.15, November 2008: 289-312.
  • "The case of the shuffled folios and other mysteries: First steps in critically editing the phur bu mya ngan las 'das pa'i rgyud chen po in the rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum". In Tibetan Buddhist Literature and Praxis, Ron Davidson and C. Wedemeyer (eds), Brill, Leiden, 2006: 75-93.
  • (with Rob Mayer) "Two Proposals for Critically Editing the Texts of the rNying ma'i rGyud 'bum", Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines (Langues et Cultures de l'Aire Tibétaines, CNRS, Paris), Vol.10, April 2006: 56-70.
  • (with Jean-Luc Achard, Rob Mayer, Michael Kowalewski) "The sGang steng-b rNying ma'i rGyud 'bum manuscript from Bhutan", Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines (Langues et Cultures de l'Aire Tibétaines, CNRS, Paris), Special Edition, Vol.11, June 2006. ISSN:1768-2959.
  • "The Tibetan Earth Ritual: Subjugation and Transformation of the Environment", in Revue D'Etudes Tibétaines 7 Langues et Cultures de l'Aire Tibétaines, CNRS, Paris), Avril 2005: 4-21. ISSN:1768-2959.
  • "Distinctive Features of the Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu (Waddell) Edition of the Rnying ma'i rgyud 'bum", in D. Germano & H. Eimer (eds) The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism, Brill, Leiden, 2002: 359-376.
  • (with Hiroko Kawanami) Chapter on Buddhism, in Linda Woodhead (ed.) Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations. Routledge, 2001 (second edition in press).
  • "Reflections on Ecological Ethics and the Tibetan Earth Ritual", The Eastern Buddhist, Vol.33:1, 2001: 106-127.

Further Info:

  • President of the U.K. Association for Buddhist Studies <http://ukabs.org.uk/> (2015-2019; Acting President from October 2014-July 2015; Secretary 2008-2014)