Graduate Theological Union

Richard Payne

Dean and Professor of Buddhist Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1995

PhD, Graduate Theological Union
MA, Nyingma Institute
BA and MA, San Jose State University


Current Research and Teaching Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • Homa Variations: The Study of Ritual Change Across the Longue Duree, (Edited with Michael Witzel), Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia, (Edited with Charles D. Orzech), BRILL, 2011.
  • Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Edited with Taigen Dan Leighton), RoutledgeCurzon, 2006.
  • Tantric Buddhism in East Asia (Editor), Wisdom Publications, 2005.
  • Language Conducive to Awakening: Categories of Language Use in East Asian Buddhism with Particular Attention to the Vajrayana Tradition, Iudicium Verlag, 1998.
  • "Overcoming an Impoverished Ontology," in Soul, Psyche and Brain (Edited by Kelly Bulkeley), Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.