Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Religious Studies Department
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0035
Tel: 408-554-4343
Fax: 408-554-2387

Location: Kenna Hall

David Gray, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Department Chair

David Gray received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Religion from Columbia University. His research explores the development of tantric Buddhist traditions in South Asia, and their dissemination in Tibet and East Asia, with a focus on the Yogin?tantras, a genre of Buddhist tantric literature that focused on female deities and yogic practices involving the subtle body. He focuses particularly on the Cakrasamvara Tantra, an esoteric Indian Buddhist scripture that serves as the basis for a number of important Nepali and Tibetan Buddhist practice traditions.

RSOC 010 Asian Religious Traditions
RSOC 085 Hinduism
RSOC 86 Buddhism
RSOC 87 Buddhism and Film
RSOC 88 Chinese Religions
RSOC 113 Buddhism in America
RSOC 115 Tibetan Buddhism
RSOC 130 East Asian Buddhism
RSOC 131 Tantra in Theory and Practice

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)
“On the Very Idea of a Tantric Canon: Myth, Politics, and the Formation of the Bka’ ’gyur.” Journal of the
    International Association of Tibetan Studies
, no. 5 (October 2010).
The Cakrasamvara Tantra: A Study and Annotated Translation. New York: American Institute of
    Buddhist Studies/Columbia University Press, 2007.
“Compassionate Violence? On the Ethical Implications of Tantric Buddhist Ritual.” Journal of Buddhist
17 (2007).
“Mandala of the Self: Embodiment, Practice and Identity Construction in the Cakrasamvara Tradition”
    Journal of Religious History 30.3 (2006).
“Disclosing the Empty Secret: Textuality and Embodiment in the Cakrasamvara Tantra.” Numen 52.4
“Eating the Heart of the Brahmin: Representations of Alterity and the Formation of Identity in Tantric
    Buddhist Discourse.” History of Religions 45.1 (2005).

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