Vesna A. Wallace

Position:

Professor Emeritus, Buddhist Studies

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Balliol College

Email:

vesna.wallace@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism and Mongolian Buddhism

Current Projects:

  • Critical edition of the first chapter of the Smrtyupasthana Sutra
  • Buddhism and Law in Mongolia

Courses Taught:

  • Teachings and Practices of Early Buddhism
  • Buddhism in History and Society

Recent Publications:

  • The Kālacakratantra: The Chapter on Sādhana together with the Vimalaprabhā.
    Tanjur Translation Initiative, Treasury of Buddhist Sciences Series New York: American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, co-published with the Columbia University’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Tibet House. (Annotated translation from Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mongolian, together with a critical edition of the Mongolian text), 2009.
  • “The Body as a Text and the Text as the Body: A View from the Kālacakratantra’s Perspective.” In As Long as Space Endures: Essays on the Kālacakra Tantra in Honor of H. H. The Dalai Lama. Edited by Edward A. Arnold. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2009.
  • “Texts as Deities: Mongols’ Rituals of Worshipping Sūtras and Rituals of Accomplishing Various Goals by Means of Sūtras.” In Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism. Edited by José I. Cabezón. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “Medicine and Astrology in the Healing Arts of the Kālacakratantra.” In As Long as Space Endures: Essays on the Kālacakra Tantra in Honor of H. H. The Dalai Lama. Edited by Edward A. Arnold. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2009.
  • “Why is the Bodiless (anaṅga) Gnostic Body (jñāna-kāya) Considered a Body?” Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 2009: 45-60.
  • “Diverse Aspects of the Mongolian Buddhist Manuscript Culture and Realms of Its Influence.” In Buddhist Manuscript Culture: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art. Edited by Steven Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, and Claudia Brown. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • “Mediating the Power of Dharma: The Mongols’ Approaches to Reviving Buddhism in Mongolia.” The Silk Road Journal, No. 6/1, (2008): 36-45, 2008.
  • “A Convergence of Medical and Astro-Sciences in Indian Tantric Buddhism: A Case of the Kālacakratantra.” In Astro-Medicine: Astrology and Medicine, East and West. Micrologus’ Library, 25. Edited by Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim. Florence, Italy: Sismel Edzioni del Galluzzo, 2008.

Work In Press:

  • “Mongolia.” In Encyclopedia of Global Religion. Edited by W. Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer. Sage Reference.
  • “Mongol Empire.” In Encyclopedia of Global Religion. Edited by W. Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer. Sage Reference.
  • “The Legalized Violence:” Punitive Measures of Buddhist Khans in Mongolia.” In Buddhism and Violence. Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Michael Jerryson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “The Six-phased Yoga of the Abbreviated Wheel of Time Tantra (Laghukālacakratantra)According to Vajrapāṇi.” In Yoga in Practice. Edited by David Gordon White.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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