Professor of Buddhist and South Asian Studies
Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
(510) 642-1610

Research Expertise and Interest

ritual studies, Nepalese studies, Buddhist traditions of South Asia, doctrinal history, Newar Buddhism


Doctrinal history of Indian Buddhism, particularly Abhidharma and Yogacara. Newar Buddhism of the Kathmandu Valley with a focus on its rituals (historical chronicles, life-cycle rituals, consecration rituals including the rites of constructing and renovating stupas) and on its narrative traditions, particularly the Svayambhupurana. Newar Buddhist paintings and their ritual uses.

In Research News

August 25, 2011

UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies has awarded the 2011 Toshihide Numata Book Prize to Todd Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar for their book about the epic poem about the life of Buddha by Nepalese poet Chittadhar Hridaya.

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