Cabezón, J.

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José Ignacio Cabezón
English Phonetics José Ignacio Cabezón
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Birth:   1956

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Contact information

Website:   UCSB Faculty Page
Primary Language:   English
Translates from:   Tibetan
Translates to:   English
Primary Affiliation (Workplace)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Dalai Lama, the 14th

PhD University

University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison (May, 1987). Dissertation: "The Development of a Buddhist Philosophy of Language and Its Culmination in Tibetan Madhyamaka Thought."
  • Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison (May, 1980-1987). From November 1980-1984 affiliated with the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and with the Sera Je Monastic University, Karnataka, India, as visiting research scholar.
  • B.S. in Independent Studies with emphasis in Physics. Awarded 1978. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

Biographical information

José Ignacio Cabezón is XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, and former chair of the Religious Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. He has published a dozen books and numerous articles related to Tibetan and Buddhist Studies including several translations. His most recent books include Sera Monastery (Wisdom 2019), Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism (Wisdom 2017), The Just King (Snow Lion 2017), The Buddhist Doctrine and the Nine Vehicles (Oxford 2012), and Tibetan Ritual (Oxford 2010).

Curriculum Vitae

Past Affiliations

  • 1989-2001: Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Thought, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.
  • 1992 (Winter): Visiting Professor, Dept of Religion, University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • 1988-1989: Lecturer, Center for Comparative Studies in the Humanities, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
  • 1987-1988: Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religion, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1986-1987: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Language Skills

  • Classical literary Sanskrit (reading fluency)
  • Modern spoken Sanskrit (one year)
  • Classical literary Tibetan (reading fluency)
  • Modern spoken Tibetan (close to native fluency)
  • Pali (one year)
  • Japanese (one year)
  • Hindi (equivalent of 3 years)
  • Latin (one year)
  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (native fluency)
  • German (limited reading/speaking ability)

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  • UCSB: various grants for The Sera Project from the Committee on Research, Academic Senate; Instructional Improvement; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, (2002-2006).
  • Louise Iliff Travel Grant, for research-related travel to India and Tibet (2001).
  • Association for Theological Schools, Teaching and Learning Grant, for reworking a course on the World’s Religions (1998).
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Postdoctoral Fellow (German government fellowship. Affiliation: Institut für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, Universität Hamburg) for work on a project on philosophical polemics in medieval Tibet (1994-95).
  • Association for Theological Schools Faculty Research Fellowship, supplementary grant for research on Indian theories of comparison (1994).
  • Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow (Institute for the Study of Cultures, Rice University) for research on theories of cross-cultural comparison (1993-94).
  • Louise Iliff Travel Grant (Iliff School of Theology), for research and travel in Tibet and Nepal (summer 1991).
  • Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship for research in India. Project: "Vasubandhu's The Science of Exegesis" (March, 1989 - November 1989).
  • Naritasan Travel Fellowship, for participation in the meetings of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Narita, Japan (Summer 1989).
  • N.E.H. Fellowship for summer research and participation in the Berkeley/Chicago/Harvard Institutes on the Study of Religion in the Liberal Arts, Part III, "Teaching Comparative Courses: Exploring Thematic Approaches" (Harvard University, 1988).
  • N.E.H. Fellowship for summer research and participation in seminar with Huston Smith, "The Great Chain of Being in World Perspective" (Pacific School of Religion, 1987).
  • Fulbright Fellowship for doctoral dissertation research in India (February 1983 to January 1984).
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison for dissertation research work (January 1982 to June 1982).
  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Fellowship for doctoral dissertation research in India (November 1980 to November 1981).
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for graduate coursework (September 1977 to May 1980).
  • Advanced Opportunity Summer Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1978). Richter Summer Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (Summer 1976).
  • Research Fellow in primate behavior, Stanford Primate Research Laboratories, Stanford, California (Summer 1975).
  • Undergraduate Research Participant, Prof. Max Delbruck's research group, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Cold Spring Harbor, New York (Summer 1974). 3
  • Don Shepard Award, California Institute of Technology (1974).
  • Renssalaer Prize (scholarship) for the State of Massachusetts (1973) (not accepted).
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