Christopher V. Jones


British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Peter's College


Research Interests:

  • Mahāyāna Buddhism in India and elsewhere.
  • The tathāgatagarbha literature in India, China, and Tibet.
  • Buddhist attitudes towards, and representations of, other religious traditions.

Recent Publications:

• Beings, Non-Beings, and Buddhas: contrasting notions of tathāgatagarbha in the Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśa and *Mahābherīsūtra. 2016. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, vol.10, pp.53-84.

• A Self-Aggrandizing Vehicle: tathāgatagabha, tīrthikas and the true self'. 2016 [2017]. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.39, pp.115-170.

• Translating the Tīrthika: An Enduring ‘Heresy’ in Buddhist Studies. (forthcoming) 2018. In Alice Collett (ed.), Translating Buddhism: Collected Essays on Translation Theory and Practice (South Asia), SUNY Press.

• Selfhood and Secrecy: Tathāgatagarbha Doctrine in the Mahāparinirvāṇamahāsūtra. (forthcoming) 2018. In Mark Blum & Masahiro Shimoda (eds.), volume on the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra, Hamburg University Press.

The Buddhist Self: on Tathāgatagarbha & Ātman. (forthcoming) 2018. Monograph under contract with University of Hawai'i Press.


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