José Cabezón, PhD, is the XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Maitripa College where he often visits to participate in academic events and give guest lectures and workshops.

Cabezón is the author or editor of a dozen books and many more articles on various aspects of Tibetan religion and religious studies. Most recently, he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies/Ho Foundation grant to complete three-decades long research on the history of Sera Monastery. 

In His Words:  

Throughout my career I have been interested in several broad comparative themes in the history of religion, including scholasticism, sexuality, and dreams. My more theoretical work has interrogated some of the basic categories of the field—like identity, philosophy, theology, and comparison. Over the past decade my work has focused more on the close reading of classical Indian and Tibetan Buddhist texts. I have always been interested in Tibetan Buddhist doctrinal literature, especially polemics, but I have also worked on ritual, historiographical and hagiographical texts. I have longstanding interests in gender and sexuality and just completed a lengthy study of the subject, Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism(Wisdom Publications, 2017). I have also recently published a translation of Mipam’s Treatise on Royal Ethics(Rgyal po’i lugs kyi bstan bcos), The Just King (Snow Lion, 2017), a work of Buddhist political theory.

My next project focuses on Sera, one of the largest and most important monasteries in the Tibetan world. I lived and studied at Sera (the diaspora Sera in Karnataka, India) from 1980 until 1985, and have been . . .


José Cabezón, PhD, Speaks at Maitripa College on Sexuality in Early and Contemporary Buddhist Life: