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William Waldron

Discipline: Religion

William Waldron is full professor in the Religion Department at Middlebury College, where he teaches courses on South Asian Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Study of Religion. He received his B.A. in South Asian Studies and Ph. D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin, after working with native scholars in India, Nepal and Japan. His research focuses on South Asian Buddhism, in particular Yogācāra philosophy of mind, the topic of his monograph, The Buddhist Unconscious. He has written numerous articles on the interface between Buddhist philosophy and modern theories of mind from evolutionary biology, cognitive science and psychology (‘Buddhist Steps to an Ecology of Mind’). He taught as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Nepal (2007-08), and several times at the Centre for Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu. He has spent more than ten years in Asia.