Ana Cristina O. Lopes is Researcher in Residence at The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford. She is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the globalization of Tibetan Buddhism, having conducted extensive fieldwork research throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Ana Cristina is the author of Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions (New York and London: Routledge, 2015), which explores the dynamics of the re-signification of Tibetan Buddhism in transnational settings.
Her current research interests center on the recent and revolutionary encounter between Buddhism and science. Ana Cristina is investigating the impact that scientific research on contemplative practices and its diverse applications has had on the way we understand our highest potential as human beings and what it means to lead a fulfilling life in contemporary societies. Following Bruno Latour’s footsteps, one of the main focal points of her study is the scientific experiments conducted with advanced Buddhist meditators in North American and European laboratories. This project involves a multi-sited ethnographic venture, along with analysis of scientific publications, popular science books, popular media, and “dharma books” connected to the study of contemplative practices in laboratories.
Ana Cristina came to Stanford from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was on faculty at the Department of Religious Studies. She has also taught at the University of Virginia.
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