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Bard College
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Buddhism, Tibet, Religion, Cultural Production, Aesthetics, Poetry
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About Me

Dominique Townsend is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. She teaches Buddhist Studies at Bard College, in the Hudson Valley of New York. Her research focuses on religion, cultural production, and aesthetics, with a focus on the mutually constitutive relationship between the “religious” and the “secular.” Townsend is also a poet (The Weather & Our Tempers, Brooklyn Arts Press) and the author of a children’s book about Buddhist philosophy (Shantideva, Wisdom Publications).

Recent Publications

“How to Constitute a Field of Merit: Structure and Flexibility in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery’s Curriculum,” Religions 20178, 174.

“Buddhism’s Worldly Other: Secular Subjects of Tibetan Learning,” HIMALAYA, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 36 : No. 1 , Article 15.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 6, 9
Expertise by Topic
Local & Regional, Material Culture, Pedagogy, Religion