Jake Nagasawa

Area:
Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Studies, Translation Theory
Office:
South Hall 5432 N
Office Hours:
R, 11:00am-1:00pm
Time Period: Fall 2017
Email:
jnagasawa@umail.ucsb.edu

About:

Jake’s research focuses on Tantric Buddhism in ancient and medieval Tibet. He is particularly interested in the tantras and oral tradition (bka’ ma) of the Nyingma School, tantric doxography, issues of authenticity and canonicity, and Tibetan epistles.  His master’s thesis is a translation of an epistle from the Tibetan Buddhist canon ascribed to Buddhaguhya, an eighth-century Indian Buddhist master. His dissertation will examine a doxographical treatise also attributed to Buddhaguhya entitled Orderly Arrangement of the Paths (Lam rnam par bkod pa). He is currently working on a study of An Ornamental Flower for the Proof of the Guhyagarbha (Gsang snying sgrub pa rgyan gyi me tog), a short defense of the controversial Guhyagarbha Tantra by the prolific thirteenth-century Kadam intellectual, Chomden Rikpé Reldri.

Academic History:

MA, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017.

Thesis: “Buddhaguhya and his Epistle to the Ruler, his Subjects, and the Clergy of Tibet (Rje ’bangs dang bod btsun rnams la spring yig): A Biography of the Saint, a Tibetan Critical Edition of the Epistle, and its English Translation.”

BA, Theology & Religious Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco, 2011.