Matthew Kapstein

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Matthew T. Kapstein is a scholar of Tibetan religions, Buddhism, and the cultural effects of the Chinese occupation of Tibet.[1] He is Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Director of Tibetan Studies at the École pratique des hautes études.

Education and career[edit]

Kapstein graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Sanskrit in 1981. He completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in 1987 under the direction of James Van Cleve. He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1986. In 2002 he moved to the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations asiatiques et orientales of the École pratique des hautes études in Paris, retaining a position at Chicago as Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies.[2]

He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2018,[2][3] and is one of four co-editors of the journal History of Religions.[4]


Kapstein is the author of:

  • Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2014.[5]
  • Buddhism Between Tibet and China, Wisdom Publications, 2009.[6]
  • The Tibetans, Malden, MA, USA. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-22574-4, 2006.[7]
  • The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory, Oxford University Press, 2002.[8]
  • Reason's Traces: Identity and Interpretation in Indian & Tibetan Buddhist Thought, Wisdom Publications, 2001.[9]

He is the translator or editor of:

  • Sources of Tibetan Tradition (edited with Kurtis R. Schaeffer and Gray Tuttle, Introduction to Asian Civilizations), Columbia University Press, 2013.[10]
  • New Studies in the Old Tibetan Documents: Philology, History and Religion (edited with Yoshiro Imaeda and Tsuguhito Takeuchi, Old Tibetan Documents Online Monograph Series III), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2011.
  • Mahāmudrā and the Kagyü Tradition (edited with Roger R. Jackson), International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, 2011.
  • Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond (edited with Sam van Schaik), Brill, 2010.[11]
  • The Rise of Wisdom Moon (by Krishna mishra, edited and translated by Kapstein, Clay Sanskrit Library), New York University Press, 2009.
  • Contributions to the Cultural History of early Tibet (edited with Brandon Dotson, Volume 14 of Brill's Tibetan studies library), Brill, 2007.[12]
  • The Presence of Light: Divine Radiance and Religious Experience, University of Chicago Press, 2004.[13]
  • The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History (by Dudjom Rinpoche, translated and edited with Gyurme Dorje), Wisdom Publications, 2002.[14]
  • Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: religious revival and cultural identity (edited with Melvyn C. Goldstein), University of California Press, 1998.[15]
  • Soundings in Tibetan Civilization (edited with Barbara N. Aziz), Vajra Books, 1985.


  1. ^ Butterfield, Fox (October 11, 1987). "Tibet is Torn By Ancient Animosities". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  2. ^ a b "Matthew Kapstein". Dictionnaire prosopographique de l'EPHE. École pratique des hautes études. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  3. ^ "Matthew T. Kapstein". Member profiles. American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  4. ^ "Editorial board". History of Religions. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  5. ^ Review of Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction:
  6. ^ Review of Buddhism between Tibet and China:
  7. ^ Reviews of The Tibetans:
    • Schlieter, Jens (2007). Numen. 54 (4): 508–510. JSTOR 27643285.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Adams, Vincanne (July 2007). The China Journal. 58: 153–155. doi:10.2307/20066321. JSTOR 20066321.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Smith, Frederick M. (2008). Asian Ethnology. 67 (1): 167–169. JSTOR 25135297.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Mills, Martin (March 2008). The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 14 (1): 230. JSTOR 20203618.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Filibeck, Elena De Rossi (2009). Central Asiatic Journal. 53 (1): 155–160. JSTOR 41928508.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Huber, Toni (August 2009). The Journal of Asian Studies. 68 (3): 970–972. JSTOR 20619825.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. ^ Reviews of The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism:
    • Cabezón, José Ignacio (October 2002). The Journal of Religion. 82 (4): 679–680. JSTOR 1206566.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Schaeffer, Kurtis R. (July 2004). Religion. 34 (3): 250–253. doi:10.1016/j.religion.2004.04.012.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  9. ^ Reviews of Reason's Traces:
    • Siderits, Mark (October–December 2004). Journal of the American Oriental Society. 124 (4): 824–828. doi:10.2307/4132138. JSTOR 4132138.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Yoshimizu, Chizuko (2011). "Western Explorations into Eastern Spiritual Worlds". Indo-Iranian Journal. 54 (2): 149–173. JSTOR 24665112.
  10. ^ Reviews of Sources of Tibetan Tradition:
    • Doney, Lewis (2014). Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 77 (1): 248–249. JSTOR 24692629.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Foreign Affairs. 93 (3): 195. May–June 2014. JSTOR 24483456.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • van Schaik, Sam (January–March 2015). Journal of the American Oriental Society. 135 (1): 151–153. doi:10.7817/jameroriesoci.135.1.151. JSTOR 10.7817/jameroriesoci.135.1.151.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Amy (June 2016). Journal of World History. 27 (2): 373–378. JSTOR 43901867.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  11. ^ Review of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang:
    • McClellan, Joe (February 2011). The Journal of Asian Studies. 70 (1): 225–227. JSTOR 41302240.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  12. ^ Review of Contributions to the Cultural History of Early Tibet:
    • Denwood, Philip (2008). Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 71 (3): 583–585. JSTOR 40378820.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  13. ^ Review of The Presence of Light:
  14. ^ Review of The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism:
    • Griffiths, Paul J. (November 1994). History of Religions. 34 (2): 192–194. JSTOR 1062988.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  15. ^ Reviews of Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet:
    • Chayet, Anne (1999). Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie. 17: 461–462. JSTOR 24581801.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Mills, Martin (June 1999). The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 5 (2): 311–312. doi:10.2307/2660732. JSTOR 2660732.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Heimsath, Kabir M. (Winter 1999). The Tibet Journal. 24 (4): 62–68. JSTOR 43300775.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Templeman, David (January 2000). The China Journal. 43: 183–185. doi:10.2307/2667557. JSTOR 2667557.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Childs, Geoff (February 2000). American Ethnologist. 27 (1): 192–193. JSTOR 647140.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Raverty, Thomas D. (March 2000). American Anthropologist. 102 (1): 191–193. JSTOR 683578.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Levine, Nancy E. (August 2000). The Journal of Asian Studies. 59 (3): 726–728. doi:10.2307/2658968. JSTOR 2658968.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • McKhann, Charles F. (October 2001). The Journal of Religion. 81 (4): 695–696. JSTOR 1206103.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Tsomo, Karma Lekshe (Spring 2002). China Review International. 9 (1): 124–126. JSTOR 23729546.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)

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