• Contact Info
Publications in VIVO
 

Gayley, Holly Associate Professor

Positions

Research Areas research areas

Research

research overview

  • My current research deals with the revitalization of Buddhism in Tibetan areas of the PRC and intersects with recent scholarly work on ethics, identity, and minorities in China. My first book was recently published, _Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet_ (Columbia University Press, 2016), on the lives and letters of a contemporary Tibetan couple, Khandro Tae Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche, who played a significant role in the Buddhist revival from the 1980s forward in the region of Golok. My second project examines an ethical reform movement in works of Buddhist ethical advice to the laity by cleric scholars from Larung Buddhist Academy in Serta (Ch. Seda), Sichuan Province. My articles on these topics have appeared in these academic journals: History of Religions, Journal of Religious Ethics, Contemporary Buddhism, Himalaya Journal, and Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

keywords

  • Tibetan Buddhism, ritual theory, hagiography, gender and religion, Buddhist ethics, Tibetan literature, religious modernism, minorities in China, issues of identity and agency, translation theory and practice

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • RLST 2650 - Meditation: Ancient and Modern
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the roots of today's mindfulness movement in ancient forms of Buddhist meditation. Topics covered include the array of meditation techniques in Buddhism, colonial-period origins of lay meditation in Asia, Buddhism's transmission to North America and Europe in the 20th century, the emergence of secular forms of mindfulness, and scientific studies on mindfulness and compassion.
  • RLST 3300 - Foundations of Buddhism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduction to Buddhist thought and practice in the variety of its historical and cultural contexts. The course begins with an exploration of narrative, cosmology, doctrine and ritual in early Buddhism and the Theravada of South and Southeast Asia. Through case studies, we then trace diverse conceptions of the Buddhist path in Tibet and East Asia where the Mahayana spread.
  • RLST 3750 - Women in Buddhism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores diverse representations of the female in Buddhist literature and the social realities of actual women in Asian historical contexts. Through case studies that traverse Buddhist Asia, we delve into monastic views of the female body, philosophical analyses of the emptiness of gender, idealized images of the feminine in Buddhist tantra, and contemporary issues such as the nun's revival moment. Same as WGST 3750.
  • RLST 4250 - Topics in Buddhism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought and movements in Buddhism, such as Theravada in Southeast Asia, Mahayana and Tantrayana thought, Zen and Buddhism in America. Department enforced prerequisite: RLST 2610 or RLST 2620 or RLST 3300 or instructor consent. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change. Same as RLST 5250.
  • RLST 5250 - Topics in Buddhism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought and movements in Buddhism, such as Theravada in Southeast Asia, Mahayana and Tantrayana thought, Zen and Buddhism in America. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change. Same as RLST 4250.
  • RLST 6945 - Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Course work finished or in the last semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.
  • WGST 3750 - Women in Buddhism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores diverse representations of the female in Buddhist literature and the social realities of actual women in Asian historical contexts. Through case studies that traverse Buddhist Asia, we delve into monastic views of the female body, philosophical analyses of the emptiness of gender, idealized images of the feminine in Buddhist tantra and contemporary issues such as the nun's revival moment. Same as RLST 3750.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

Other Profiles