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Sarah Fremerman Aptilon

Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai English Tripitaka Series
Senior Consultant, Japan Intercultural Consulting
PhD, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Graduation Year
Dissertation Title
"Divine Impersonations: Nyoirin Kannon in Medieval Japan"
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A native of Prairie Village, Kansas, Sarah specializes in medieval Japanese Buddhism and the mythological transformations of Buddhist deities. Before her doctoral studies she earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University, and from 1989 to 1996 she trained at a Buddhist monastery in Kyoto. Sarah is currently an editor for the Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai English Tripitaka Series. Having spent the past eight years in Mexico City, she is also the Latin America representative for Japan Intercultural Consulting, an organization whose goal is to demystify cultural differences in the workplace. Recent publications include “Goddess Genealogy: Nyoirin Kannon in the Ono Shingon Tradition” in Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia (Brill 2010).