Jonathan C. Gold is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Director of the Program in South Asian Studies at Princeton University. A scholar of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, he is especially interested in Buddhist approaches to language and the ethics of personal cultivation. He is the author of The Dharma’s Gatekeepers: Sakya Paṇḍita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet (State University of New York Press, 2007) and Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu’s Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2015) as well as numerous articles, including the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries on Vasubandhu and Sakya Paṇḍita. He is co-editor, with Douglas S. Duckworth, of Readings of Śāntideva’s Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryāvatāra), forthcoming from Columbia University Press. He is currently working on a book that articulates a Buddhist approach to contemporary problems in politics and social thought. He is currently on leave the 2019-2020 academic year.
Conference Talk “What Use is Buddhist Philosophy? Constructing the Path for Academia,”
Numata Symposium on Buddhist Philosophy: The State of the Field, University of California, Berkeley, September 2019.
Co-presenting with Elaine Pagels at the Aspen Ideas Festival 2019 on the topic of ‘Jesus, Buddha, and the Search for Meaning’:
Opinion piece in Sightings, “Was it Kavanaugh’s Guilty Conscience, or His Karma?”:
Panel on “Approaches to Translation & Transmission”
2017 Tsadra Foundation Conference on Tibetan Translation
Interview with Robert Wright on “The Wright Show”, meaningoflife.tv:
Interview with Ronney Mourad on “Ultimate Concerns” Podcast:
Courses – Spring 2019
REL 329 / SAS 329 (EM) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Buddhism and Politics
Jonathan C. Gold
11:00:00 am – 12:20:00 pm T Th
Department Area Requirement: Religions of Asia
Courses – Fall 2018
HUM 290 /REL 282 (EM) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Jesus and Buddha
Professor(s): Jonathan C. Gold, Elaine H. Pagels
11:00 am-11:50 MW
Department Area Requirement: Does NOT satisfy sub-field requirement; does count as departmental.