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David Gardiner

Associate Professor, Religion Department, Colorado College
PhD, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
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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 publications include "Tantric Buddhism in Japan: Shingon, Tendai and the Esotericization of Japanese Buddhism," in Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2019); "Tantric Buddhism in Japan: Saichō and Kūkai," in Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2019); "Kūkai's Core Philosophy," in Dao: Companion To Japanese Buddhist Philosophy (Springer Press, 2019); "Metaphor and Maṇḍala 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," in Esoteric Buddhist Studies: Identity in Diversity, Proceedings of the International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies (Koyasan University, 2008).