Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Religion Tibetan Buddhism
Born 1952
Washington, D.C
Senior posting
Based in University of Michigan

Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. (born 1952) is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.[1]


Lopez was born in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Donald Lopez. He was educated at the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. (Hons) in Religious Studies in 1974, an M.A. in Buddhist Studies in 1977, and his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 1982.[1] He is married to another prominent Religious Studies scholar, Tomoko Masuzawa.[2]

Lopez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written and edited many books on various aspects of the religions of Asia. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism and commands classical and colloquial Tibetan.[3] In 2008 he gave a four talks on The Scientific Buddha: Past, Present, Future as part of a Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale University. In 2012 he delivered the Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures at Harvard, "The White Lama Ippolito".

He is a long-term associate of Yale professor of New Testament studies Dale Martin.[4]

Books published[edit]

  • Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr. eds. The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN 9780691157863

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Donald S. Lopez, Jr. at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2008)
  2. ^ Lopez, Donald S. Jr. Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1998, x
  3. ^ University of Michigan
  4. ^ Donald Lopez (introduction Dale Martin) (2008). The Scientific Buddha: Past, Present, Future - "A Purified Religion" (lecturer introduction) (YouTube video). Yale University. Event occurs at 01:35~02:31. Retrieved April 23, 2015. I've known Don Lopez for about twenty years. I began teaching at Duke University in 1988, and Don's wife, Tomoko Masuzawa, who is a theorist in religious studies, was in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, just down the road. Don, who was just about to start teaching then at the University of Michigan, would be in Chapel Hill regularly. We all became not only colleagues and regular dialogue partners on issues of religion and culture; we also became good friends. We've eaten many dinners together, and drunk much wine; we've commiserated together through many disappointing political seasons, especially, it seems, in North Carolina during the Jesse Helms Dark Ages. But we've also vacationed together on the beaches in North Carolina. Both Tomoko and Don are valued friends, and it's with real joy and affection that I introduce him tonight. 
  5. ^ "Book Review: Donald Lopez on Buddhism and Science". Seculal Buddhist Association. October 10, 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

External video
The Unfortunate Idol Fo: The Story of a Forgotten Buddha, Fairbank Center, Harvard University, April 17, 2012