Please note: As of August 2005, Prof. Schaeffer was tenured
and appointed to the rank of Associate Professor at the University
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Kurtis R. Schaeffer joined the department
in the fall of 2000 as an Assistant Professor and was awarded
tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor a
year early, intended to take effect in the Fall of 2005. He
holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan and South Asian Religions from the
of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard
University, where he studied under Leonard van der Kuijp.
He holds an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University
Schaeffer specializes in the cultural history of Buddhism
in Tibet and the Himalayas. His recent research interests
include the social history of books in Tibet, women's autobiography
in Tibetan Buddhism, and the scholarly medical traditions
of Tibet. He is also a contributing member of the Tibetan
and Himalayan Digital Library and the co-chairman of the
AAR's Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group.
Throughout all of 2003 Schaeffer was on research leave under
the auspices of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship. See
Schaeffer regularly teaches classes on Asian
Buddhism, and goddess traditions in South Asia. In the
Spring 2004 he taught the Department's REL
490 Capstone Senior Seminar.
His recent publications include:
Among Tibetan Tibetan Texts: Essays on the History
and Literature of the Himalayan Plateau. By E. Gene Smith.
Edited with an introduction by Kurtis R. Schaeffer. Wisdom
Publications, Boston. 2001.
"The Religious Career of Vairocanavajra-A Twelfth-Century
Indian Buddhist Master from Daksina Kosala." Journal
of Indian Philosophy 28/4 (2000). pp. 361-384. View
a PDF of this essay.
"Printing the Words of the Master: Tibetan Editorial
Practice in the Collected Works of 'Jam dbyangs bzhad pa'i
rdo rje I (1648-1721)." Acta Orientalia 60 (1999).
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