Douglas OstoProgramme Coordinator, Asian Studies
Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Programme Massey University, NEW ZEALAND
1999 MA, University of Washington
1995 MTS, Harvard University
1991 BA, Grinnell College
Area of Specialisation:
Mahayana Buddhism, South Asian Buddhism, Indian Philosophy, and contemporary Buddhist practice.
Currently Doug is researching the contemporary search for spiritual enlightenment in Buddhism, Hinduism and Daoism.
Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America, New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism: The Gandavyuha-sutra, London: Routledge 2008
Articles & Book Chapters
- “Orality, Authority and Conservatism in the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras,” in Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions, edited by Laurie Patton and Brian Black, Farnham: Ashgate (2015), pp. 115-135
- “A New Translation of the Bhadracarī with Introduction and Notes,” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 12.2 (December 2010): 1–23
- ““The Supreme Array Scripture: A new interpretation of the title ‘Gandavyūha-sūtra’,”Journal of Indian Philosophy 37.3 (June 2009): 273–290
- “‘Proto-Tantric’ Elements in the Gandavyūha-sūtra Sūtra,”Journal of Religious History 33.2 (June 2009): 165–177
- “Soteriology, Asceticism and the Female Body in Two Indian Buddhist Narratives,” Buddhist Studies Review 23.2 (2006): 203–220
- “Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna,” in Early Mahāyāna, edited by Paul Harrison, Equinox (forthcoming, 2017)
- “Merit” in The Buddhist World, edited by John Powers, Routledge (forthcoming)