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Constance Kassor
Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University (Appleton, WI 54911-5690)
Translation of "Synopsis of the Middle Way," a Treatise by the 15th-Century Buddhist Philosopher Gorampa Sonam Senge

Research leading to publication of an English translation of the 15th-century Tibetan philosophical text Synopsis of the Middle Way by Gorampa Sonam Senge (1429-89).

I am applying for an NEH Summer Stipend to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal, where I will complete and prepare for publication an English translation of the highly influential and encyclopedic fifteenth-century Tibetan philosophical text, Synopsis of the Middle Way (Dbu ma’i spyi don), by Gorampa Sonam Senge. At the heart of the Synopsis is a question central to the humanities: What constitutes knowledge, and how should a person go about cultivating the right kinds of knowledge? Specifically, this text argues that the highest forms of wisdom build on intellectual, analytical knowledge and develop into embodied and enacted kinds of understanding. By cultivating these higher states of wisdom, one learns how to act ethically in the world. The rigor with which Gorampa addresses these issues and the number of interlocutors that he brings into conversation with his own view have the potential to expand current conversations around these issues in the humanities more broadly.

Project fields:
Nonwestern Religion

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 8/31/2018