Senior Lecturer, Programme Coordinator
Religious Studies Programme, Massey University, NEW ZEALAND
Area of Specialisation:
South Asian Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, and contemporary Buddhist practice.
Currently Dr. Osto is writing a book on Buddhism and psychedelics in America. He is also working on a research project on the modern Vipassana movement as taught by S. N. Goenka, and a complete translation of the Sanskrit Mahayana scripture, the Gandavyūha-sūtra.
If you have sat at least one 10-day course of Vipassana as taught by S. N. Goenka, and would like to take part in a survey, please go to:
Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism: The Gandavyuha-sutra, London: Routledge 2008
Articles & Book Chapters
- “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
- “Orality, Authority and Conservatism in the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras,” in Dialogue and Early South Asian Religions: Reading the Sources, edited by Laurie Patton and Brian Black, Farnham: Ashgate (forthcoming)
- “Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna,” in Early Mahāyāna, edited by Paul Harrison, Equinox (forthcoming, 2015)