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John Powers <email@example.com>
Australian National University
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Australian National University, ACT 2601
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|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Buddhism
Reviewer for H-Buddhism
|Interests:||Asian History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Ph.D., History of Religions, University of Virginia.
M.A., Indian Philosophy, McMaster University, 1984.
B.A., Philosophy, B.A., Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross.
Fourteen published books, including:
Defeating Māra Forever: Essays on Buddhist Ethics (co-editor). Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2009.
A Bull of A Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.
A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2008.
History As Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles Versus the People’s Republic of China. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
A Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Oxford: Oneworld/Penguin, 2000.
Scriptures of the World’s Religions (with James Fieser): Boston: McGraw-Hill, 1998 (2nd edition 2003; 3rd edition 2007)
Articles: more than sixty published articles, including:
“You’re Only as Good As You Look: Indian Buddhist Associations of Virtue and Physical Appearance,” in Defeating Māra Forever: Essays on Buddhist Ethics. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, in press
“Why Practicing Virtue is Better than Working Out: Bodies and Ethics in Indian Buddhism.” Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal #22, 2009.
“Buddhist Mysticism.” Global Mysticism, ed. Steven T. Katz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
“A Place of Their Own.” Capturing the Year 2008: Writings from the ANU College of the Asia Pacific, ed. Barbara Nelson and Robin Jeffrey. Canberra: Australian National University, 2008, pp. 166-169.
“Yogācāra: History and Doctrines.” Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, ed. Jay Garfield. New York: Oxford University Press, in press.
“Indian Buddhist Hermeneutics.” Routledge History of Indian Philosophy, ed. Purushottama Bilimoria. London: Routledge, in press.
“Celibacy in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.” Celibacy and Religious Traditions, ed. Carl Olson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
“Withdrawal of Care from Terminally Ill Patients: A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective.” Medical Journal of Australia, 183(10), 2005, pp. 616-621.
“Stealth Polemics: Tsong Khapa on the Differences between Sūtra and Tantra.” From Ancient India to Modern America. London: Routledge/Curzon, 2005.
“Communication of Ideas in India.” Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004.