Graduate Theological Union

Richard Payne

Richard PayneGraduate Theological Union
Institute of Buddhist Studies: Dean and Professor of Buddhist Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1995

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
M.A., Nyingma Institute
B.A. and M.A., San Jose State University


Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Tantric Fire Ritual
  • Ritual Studies—Ritual Historiography and Ritual Structure

Selected Publications

  • "Tongues of Flame: Homologies in the Tantra Homa," in Roots of Tantra,  State University of New York Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Tantric Transformation of Puja: Interpretation and Structure in the Study of Ritual," in the Festschrift Staal, Kegan Paul, and International Institute for Asian Studies, 1998).
  • "Ajikan: Ritual and Meditation in the Shingon Tradition" and "Introduction to Re-Visioning 'Kamakura' Buddhism," ed. Richard K. Payne, in Re-Visioning "Kamakura" Buddhism, University of Hawaii Press, 1998.
  • "Shingon Services for the Dead," in Religions of Japan in Practice, Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • "Votive Fire Offering Dedicated to Manjusri,"in Tantra in Practice, Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Language Conducive to Awakening: Categories of Language Use in East Asian Buddhism with Particular Attention to the Vajrayana Tradition, Haus der Japanischen Kultur München: Iudicium Verlag, 1998.