Douglas Osto

Programme Coordinator, Asian Studies Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Programme
Massey University, NEW ZEALAND


Academic Qualifications:

2004 PhD, SOAS, University of London

Dissertation: “The Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra: a study of wealth, gender and power in an Indian Buddhist narrative.”

1999 MA, University of Washington

Thesis: “A Study and Translation of the Samantabhadracaryapranidhanam (prose) of the Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra.”

1995 MTS, Harvard University

1991 BA, Grinnell College

Area of Specialisation:
Mahayana Buddhism, South Asian Buddhism, Indian Philosophy, and contemporary Buddhist practice.

Current Research:
Currently Doug is writing a book on the contemporary revival of Nondual Kashmir Shaivism.

Selected Academic Publications:

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

  • No-Self in Sāṃkhya: A Comparative Look at Classical Sāṃkhya and Theravāda Buddhism,” Philosophy East and West  68.1 (January 2018): 201-222.
  • “Merit” in The Buddhist World, edited by John Powers, Routledge, 2016.
  • “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  Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism, edited by Paul Harrison, Equinox (forthcoming, 2018)

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