Daniel M. Stuart
College of Arts and Sciences
|Office:||Rutledge College, Room 331|
On Leave 2021–2022
I am a scholar of South Asian religions, literary cultures, and meditation traditions specializing in the texts and practices of the Buddhist tradition. Over the years, I have worked extensively on sūtra and narrative literature, śāstric texts, and Buddhist manuscripts in various Asian languages and scripts. I work with textual materials in Sanskrit, Pāli, Hindi, Gāndhārī, Buddhist Chinese and literary Tibetan. I am interested in the interrelationships between Buddhist practice traditions, theories of mind, and scriptural production in both premodern South Asia and modern India. My work engages how contemplative practitioners historically interfaced with their textual, philosophical, and material environments, fashioning dynamic meditative approaches to changing historical contexts.
My current project is an ethnographically informed institutional history of S. N. Goenka's global insight meditation (vipassanā) mission. The study focuses on the interplay of textual authority, charismatic authority, meditative experience, and technology in the historical formation of a transnational and transcultural religious movement.
S. N. Goenka: Emissary of Insight. Boulder: Shambhala Publications, 2020.
The Stream of Deathless Nectar: The Short Recension of the Amatarasadhārā of the Elder Upatissa, A Commentary on the Chronicle of the Future Buddha Metteyya, With a Historical Introduction. Bangkok and Lumbini: Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation—Lumbini International Research Institute, 2017.
A Less Traveled Path: Saddharmasmṛtyupasthānasūtra Chapter 2, With a Study on its Structure and Significance for the Development of Buddhist Meditation. Vienna and Beijing: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press—China Tibetology Research Center, 2015.
Thinking About Cessation: The Pṛṣṭhapālasūtra of the Dīrghāgama in Context. Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde. Vienna: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2013.
SELECT ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS
“Map Becomes Territory: Knowledge and Modes of Existence in Middle Period Meditation Practice.” In Vincent Eltschinger and Cristina Pecchia (eds.), Mārga: Paths to Liberation in South Asian Buddhist Traditions: 277–302. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2020.
“Becoming Animal: Karma and the Animal Realm Envisioned through an Early Yogācāra Lens.” Religions 10(6), 363 (2019).
“Yogācāra Substrata? Precedent Frames for Yogācāra Thought among Third-Century Yoga Practitioners in Greater Gandhāra.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 46, no. 2 (2018): 193–240.
“Insight Transformed: Coming to Terms with Mindfulness in South Asian and Global Frames.” Religions of South Asia 11.2–3 (2017): 158–181.
“Legislating Consent: Dispute, Accord, and the Vote in Early Indian Monasticisms.” In Jinhua Chen, Ciulan Liu, and Susan Andrews (eds.), Rules of Engagement: Medieval Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Regulation: 219–61. Hamburg Buddhist Studies Series. Hamburg: University of Hamburg Press, 2017.
“Unmanifest Perceptions: Mind-matter interdependence and its consequences in Buddhist thought and practice.” In Jundo Nagashima and Seongcheol Kim (eds.), Śrāvakabhūmi and Buddhist Manuscripts: 109–71. Tokyo: Nombre Publications, 2017.
“Power in Practice: Cosmic Sovereignty Envisioned in Buddhism's Middle Period.”The Critical Review for Buddhist Studies 18 (2015): 165–96.
- Exploring Religion (RELG 101) [pdf]
- Introduction to Religious Studies (RELG 110) [pdf]
- Ethics, Morality, and Religion: Environmental Ethics (RELG 205)
- Ethics & the Good Life in South Asian Religions (RELG 219) [pdf]
- Introduction to Buddhism (RELG 220) [pdf]
- Buddhist Meditation in Theory and Practice (RELG 221) [pdf]
- Religion and the Arts: Buddhism and Film (RELG 270)
- Asian Religious Philosophy (RELG 334/PHIL 315) [pdf]
- Yoga: The Art of Spiritual Transformation (RELG 351) [pdf]
- Psychology of Religion (RELG 361/PSYC 320) [pdf]
- Religion & Science: Human Questions (RELG 472) [pdf]
- Perspectives in Religious Studies (RELG 488) [pdf]
- Bollywood, Religion, and The Indian Nation [pdf]
- Synesthesia Across Cultures (independent study)
- Religious Traditions of China (independent study)
- Wisdom and Compassion (independent study)