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)
- “Merit in the Buddhist Tradition,” in The Buddhist World, edited by John Powers, London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming)
- “Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna,” in an edited volume by Paul Harrison based on papers presented at the U.K. Association for Buddhist Studies (UKABS) special conference on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism (7-8 July 2012) (forthcoming)