Karma Phuntsho

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Lopen Dr. Karma Phuntsho was born in Ura village in the Bumthang valley of central Bhutan and went to school in Bhutan. In 1986, he left school to become a monk and study Buddhism. After a year in Cheri monastery in Bhutan, he moved to India to continue his studies in Tibetan monasteries. Karma spent a year at Sera monastery and ten years in Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, where he was trained to be a Khenpo. Since 1994, Karma has taught Buddhism and related subjects in both Tibetan and English and has served as an abbot at Shugseb Nunnery and a lecturer at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.

In 1997, Karma joined Balliol College, Oxford to read for an M.St. in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Religions. In 2003, Karma received a D.Phil. in Buddhist Studies from Oxford. His dissertation is now published by RoutledgeCurzon as the book Mipham's Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness: To be, Not to be or Neither. Since then, Karma has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in CNRS, Paris and is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University. He is also the Spalding Fellow in Comparative Religions at Clare Hall. Lopen Karma specialises in Buddhism, Tibetan & Himalayan Studies and Bhutan, and has published a number of works including two books, translations, book reviews and articles on Buddhism, Bhutan and Tibetan Studies.

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  • Mipham's Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness: To be, not to be or neither [ISBN 0415352525]


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