Title: Associate Professor of Religion. Behrman Faculty Fellow. Position: Faculty Email: jcgold@Princeton.edu Office: 242 1879 Hall Phone: (609) 258-4489 Areas: Asian Religions
Jonathan C. Gold joined the faculty in 2008. His research focuses on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions, especially theories of interpretation, translation, learning and knowledge. He is the author of The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet (2007), which explains the nature of language and the role of the scholar from the unique perspective of a great thirteenth-century Tibetan philosopher. His most recent book, Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), reveals a continuity of interests and methods across the works of one of the most influential Buddhist philosophers of all time. Current projects include studies in Buddhist ethics through the Tibetan "three vows" (sdom gsum) literature and Śāntideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra, and a trans-national history of the doctrine of non-violence. He is founder of the Princeton University Buddhist Ethics Reading Group and co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy.
He serves as Departmental Representative for the 2014-2015 academic year.