Sheehy, Michael

Michael Sheehy
PhD, Buddhist Studies, Asian Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
MA, Buddhist Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
BA, Religious Studies and Asian Studies, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Part Time Lecturer

My courses explore how Asian religious traditions transmit and interpret what is sacred and meaningful via a variety of mediums such as visual and ritual media, poetics of reverence, biographical narratives, models of mind and cosmology. My teaching interests are in the meditative, creative, and philosophical traditions of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, and my research and training included several years living in a Buddhist monastery in eastern Tibet.
Courses Taught:
  • Himalayan Buddhist Visual Culture        Fall 2010
  • Tibetan Language and Culture                                                  Fall 2010
  • Sacred Cosmologies of Asia                                                    Spring 2010
  • Mandala: Visions of Tantric Buddhism                                      Fall 2009
  • Independent Study: Reading Classical Literary Tibetan              Fall 2009
Recent Publications:
 “The Jonangpa after Tāranātha: Auto/biographical Reflections on the Transmission of Esoteric Buddhist Knowledge in 17th Century Tibet.” In The Bulletin of Tibetology, 45.1. Gangtok, Sikkim: Namgyal Institute, 2010.

“Transforming a Tradition: Tibetan Artists on the Dialectic of Sanctity and Modernity.” In Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond. New York: Arts Asia Pacific and Rubin Museum of Art, 2010.

“A Lineage History of Vajrayoga and Tantric Zhentong from the Jonang Kalachakra Practice Tradition.” In As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra in Honor of the Dalai Lama. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2009.

“Rangjung Dorje’s Variegations of Mind: Ordinary Awareness and Pristine Awareness in Tibetan Buddhist Literature.” In Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research. London: Routeledge Curzon Press, 2005.    

"Severing the Source of Fear: Contemplative Dynamics of the Tibetan Buddhist gCod Tradition.” In Contemporary Buddhism, 6.1. London: Routeledge Curzon Press, 2005.
Office Hours:
By Appointment

Research Interests:
Buddhist thought and practice | Tibetan religious movements, literature, visual culture | Indian philosophies of mind | ritual studies and tantra | mystical traditions of Asia | sacred narratives and life writing
Professional Affiliations:
International Association of Buddhist Studies
International Association of Tibetan Studies
American Academy of Religion
Association of Asian Studies
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:


“Life after Tāranātha: Priorities and Strategies for Sustaining Esoteric Buddhist Knowledge Transmission Among the Jonangpa in 17th Century Tibet.” Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group. American Academy of Religion, Montreal, Canada. Co-Convener: “ Strategies of Buddhist Knowledge Transmission: Texts, Techniques, and Technologies in Tibet.” 2009

“Is the Uttaratantra-śastra Really a Madhyamaka Text?: Jonangpa Understandings of Tibetan Buddhist Doxography and Historiography.” Buddhist Philosophy Group and Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group. American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL. 2008                                                                                 

"Tāranātha's Secret: A Reading from the Autobiography of the Tibetan Female Adept Trinlé Wangmo.” Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center and Rubin Foundation Scholars Seminar, New York. 2008                                

“Retelling Mahayana History: Jonang Sources for the Indian and Tibetan Transmissions of the Gzhan stong Madhyamaka.” Mahayana Buddhism Section. International Association of Buddhist Studies, Atlanta, GA. 2008

Awards and Honors:
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Shelly and Donald Rubin Scholar in Residence Postdoctoral Fellow. 2008-2009

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