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Gayley, Holly Associate Professor


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  • 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.


  • 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


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

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