Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. (born 1952) is currently the Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Lopez was born in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Donald Lopez. He was educated at the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. (Hons) in religious studies in 1974, an M.A. in Buddhist Studies in 1977, and his doctorate in Buddhist studies in 1982. He is married to another prominent Religious Studies scholar, Tomoko Masuzawa.Lopez, Donald S. Jr. Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1998, x

Lopez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written and edited many books on various aspects of the religions of Asia. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism and commands classical and colloquial Tibetan. In 2008 he gave a four talks on The Scientific Buddha: Past, Present, Future as part of a Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale University.

Books published

  • Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, The University of Chicago Press, 2008.
  • The Madman’s Middle Way, The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Buddhism: An Introduction and Guide, Penguin UK, 2001; published in US as The Story of Buddhism, Harper: SanFrancisco, 2001; Italian edition,......
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