Watch now: A Dean's Forum on Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions by Christian K. Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of the History of Religions. Jeffrey Stackert, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Brook A. Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought, responding. This forum, one of the Divinity School's Wednesday Lunch talks, was recorded in Swift Hall’s Common Room on January 22, 2014.
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions (Columbia University Press) was awarded the 2013 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The Awards for Excellence recognizes new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion, and honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity, and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. Professor Wedemeyer's research focuses on the esoteric (Tantric) Buddhism of India and Tibet. Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism challenges the idea that Tantras were marginal by rethinking the nature of transgressive theories and practices in Buddhist Tantric traditions.