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Dr. Ronald M. Davidson

Professor of Religious Studies
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  • “Indic Roots of Political Imagery and Imaginaire,” in Karl Debreczeny, ed. Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism, pp. 53-67. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 2019.
  • “Magicians, Sorcerers and Witches: Considering Pretantric, Non-sectarian Sources of Tantric Practices,” Religions 8 (2017) 188: 1-33; Special Issue on Society for Tantric Studies. doi:10.3390/rel8090188
  • “Studies in Dharani Literature IV: A Nāga Altar in 5th Century India,” in István Keul, ed. Conseration Rituals in South Asia, pp. 123-170.  Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017.
  • "Studies in Dharani Literature III: Seeking the Parameters of a Dharani Pitaka, the formation of the Dharanisamgrahas, and the Place of the Seven Buddhas," in Richard K. Payne, ed. Scripture: Canon: Text: Context—Essays Honoring Lewis R. Lancaster, pp. 119-180. Berkeley: Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2014.
  • "Studies in Dharani Literature II: Pragmatics of Dharanis." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77/1 (2014): 5-61.
  • "Himalayan Buddhist Valleys as Tantric Ecologies,” in Alex McKay and Anna Balikci-Denjongpa, eds.,  Buddhist Himalaya: Studies in Religion, History and Culture, vol. 1, pp. 135-150.  Gangtok, Sikkim: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, 2011.
  • "Observations on an Usnisa Abhiseka Rite in Atikuta's Dharanisamgraha," in István Keul, ed. Transformation and Transfer of Tantra/Tantrism in Asia and Beyond, pp. 77-98. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011.
  • "Canon and Identity in Indian Esoteric Buddhism as the Confluence of Cultures." In Volkhard Krecht and Marion Steinicke, eds. Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe, pp. 321-341. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  • "Abhiseka" and "Sources and Inspirations," in Charles Orzech, ed. Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia: A Handbook for Scholars, pp. 19-27, 71-75. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  • "The Place of Abhiseka Visualization in the Yogalehrbuch and Related Texts," in Eli Franco and Monika Zin, eds. From Turfan to Ajanta: A Festschrift for Dieter Schlingloff on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday, vol. 1, pp. 185-198.  Lumbini, 2010.
  • "Studies in Dharani literature I: Revisiting the Meaning of the Term Dharani." Journal of Indian Philosophy 37/2 (2009): 97-147.
  • "Imperial Agency in the Gsar-ma Treasure Texts during the Tibetan Renaissance: the Rgyal po bla gter and Related Literature," in Davidson and Wedemeyer, pp. 125-148.
  • Davidson, Ronald M.; Wedemeyer, Christian, ed. Tibetan Buddhist Literature and Praxis: Studies in its Formative Period, 900-1400 Proceedings of the Xth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Oxford, 2003. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • "The Problem of Secrecy in Indian Tantric Buddhism," in Bernhard Scheid and Mark Teeuwan, eds. The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion, 60-77. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006.
  • Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
  • “The Kingly Cosmogonic Narrative and Tibetan Histories: Indian Origins, Tibetan Space, and the bKa’ ’chems ka khol ma Synthesis,” in Roberto Vitali, ed. Cosmogony and the Origins:  Lungta (Amnye Machen Institute) 16 (2003[published 2004]): 64-83.
  • "Sthiramati's Pañcaskandhaprakaranavaibhasya." In Karl Potter, ed. Abhidharma Buddhist Philosophy, pp. 514-523.  Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2003.
  • “Reframing Sahaja:  Genre, Representation, Ritual and Lineage.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 30 (2002): 45-83.
  • Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
  • "Gsar ma Apocrypha: The Creation of Orthodoxy, Gray Texts, and the New Revelation," in Helmut Eimer and David Germano, eds. The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism, pp. 203-224. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
  • "Hidden Realms and Pure Abodes: Central Asian Buddhism as Frontier Religion in the Literature of India, Nepal and Tibet." Pacific World: Journal of the Institue of Buddhist Studies 3rd ser. no. 4 (2002): 153-181.
  • “Masquerading as Pramana: Esoteric Buddhism and Epistemological Nomenclature,” in Katsura Shoryu, ed. Dharmakirti’s Thought and Its Impact on Indian and Tibetan Philosophy—Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Dharmakirti and Prama?a, pp. 25-35.  Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1999.
  • "The Litany of names of Mañjusri" and "The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva," in Donald Lopez, ed. Religions of India: In Practice, pp. 104-125, 547-555. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
  • "Atisa's A Lamp fo the Path to Awakening," and "*Saramati's Entering into the Great Vehicle," in Donald Lopez, ed. Buddhism: In Practice, pp. 290-301, 402-411. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
  • Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation.  Ed. Steven D. Goodman and Ronald M. Davidson.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.
  • "An Introduction to the Standards of Scriptural Authenticity in Indian Buddhism," in Robert Buswell, ed. Chinese Buddhist Aprocrypha, pp. 291-325. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • “The Litany of Names of Mañjusri:  Text and Translation of the Mañjusri-namasamgiti,” in Michel Strickmann, ed., Tantric and Taoist Studies in Honour of R.A. Stein,  Mèlanges chinois et bouddhiques, vol. XX, pp. 1-69.  Brussels: Institut Belge des Hautes Études Chinoises, 1982.
  • Wind Horse: Proceedings of the North American Tibetological Society. Ronald M. Davidson, ed. Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1981.

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