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. He teaches courses on the religions of India and Tibet, and his research focuses on Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions-especially theories of interpretation, translation, and learning. His new book, Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (now available from Columbia University Press), traces a continuity of philosophical interest and purpose across diverse works attributed to one of Buddhism's greatest philosophers. His first book,The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet(2007), explains the nature of language and the role of the scholar from the unique perspective of a great thirteenth-century Tibetan philosopher. 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.