David Gardiner

Associate Professor, Religion, Colorado College
PhD, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Graduation Year
1994
Dissertation Title
Kūkai and the Beginnings of Shingon Buddhism in Japan
David Gardiner

David's research focuses on Kūkai and the Shingon tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His recent publications include "Metaphor and Mandala in Shingon Buddhist Theology," Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics 47/1 (4/2008); and "Transcendence and Immanence in Kūkai's Thought," Esoteric Buddhist Studies: Identity in Diversity, Proceedings of the International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies ( (Koyasan University, 2008).