My research deals with problems in contemporary Buddhist Ethics with a special focus on Sri Lanka and South East Asia. My current book project is on moral imagination and moral breakdown among Buddhist monks and soldiers during Sri Lanka’s twenty-five-year-long civil war that ended in 2008. I approach this work through the methodological lenses of the anthropology of morality, Buddhist studies, comparative religious ethics and the history of religions. My research is both ethnographic and hermeneutic as I put contemporary Buddhists in conversation with Buddhist canonical and post-canonical literature to discover both continuities and disruptions of normative expressions of doctrine. I am particularly interested in issues of globalization and the formation of new networks of communication between Buddhists around the world.
TLDR: I like to talk to Buddhists, compare what they say to texts, and then write clever things about what it means to be a Buddhist in the 21st century.
Courses on Buddhism, South Asian Religions, Comparative Ethics, Meditation, Religion and Violence and Monasticism.
Rel208/Phil211 Buddhist Ethics
Rel213 Buddhist Monasticism
Rel314 Religion, Violence and War
Rel 203 What is Religion?
Yoga and Meditation