David Germano is the Executive Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center. He has taught and researched Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia since 1992. In this context, he works extensively with each of the eleven schools at UVA to explore learning, research, and engagement initiatives regarding contemplation in their own disciplinary and professional areas. He is currently focused on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving humanistic and scientific methodologies, as well as new applications in diverse fields; he also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing. He is one of the co-leaders of the Student Flourishing Initiative, a three-way partnership with UVA, the University of Wisconsin, and Penn State University, as well as the lead organizer of an international research community of scholars and translators specializing in the Great Perfection (Dzokchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. (Source Accessed June 11, 2019)
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About this person
- Germano, David F. (2000-present, director), The Tibetan and Himalayan Library (www.thlib.org). Within this international project, I am the director and/or facilitator of multiple major collaborative projects involving technology in GIS research, language instructional materials, dictionaries, literary archives, ethnographic research and historical work. This is the largest international initiative in Tibetan Studies involving digital technology, multiple disciplines, and multiple institutions. See there for major Web publications involving Tibetan literature, music, geography, and other subjects. It is also leading efforts at integrating academic work with community services initiatives in Tibet. I am the primary person responsible for the Library’s structural design, social networks, and intellectual program, as well as being active in one way or another in almost every major project therein.
- Germano, David F. (2007). “Re-membering the Dismembered Body of Tibet: Contemporary Tibetan Visionary Movements in the People’s Republic of China.” An abridged version published in Defining Buddhisms: A Reader edited by Karen Derris and Natalie Gummer in the series “Critical Categories in the Study of Religion,” edited by Russell T. McCutcheon for Equinox Publishing.
- Germano, David F. (2007). “The shifting terrain of the tantric bodies of Buddhas and Buddhists from an Atiyoga perspective”. In The Pandita and the Siddha: Tibetan Studies in Honour of E. Gene Smith, ed. Ramon Prats. Amnye Machen Institute.
- Germano, David and William S. Waldron (2006). "The Arising of Ālaya: History and Doctrine". In The Buddha’s Way: The Confluence of Buddhist Thought and Contemporary Psychology in the Post-Modern Age, editor D. K. Nauriyal, Routledge Curzon Press.
- Germano, David F. (2005). "Atiyoga/Great Perfection". In Encyclopedia of Religions, Macmillan Reference USA.
- Germano, David F. with Gregory Hillis (2005). "Tibetan Buddhist Meditation". In Encyclopedia of Religions, Macmillan Reference USA.
- Germano, David F. with Gregory Hillis (2005). "Klong chen rab ‘byams pa". In Encyclopedia of Religions, Macmillan Reference USA.
- Germano, David F. (2005). “The History of Funerary rDzogs chen”. In the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, vol. 1 , www.jiats.org.
- Germano, David F. with Eveline Yang and others. "Tibetan Furniture Making: Traditions and Innovations" (2004): a documentary produced and exhibited at the "Wooden Wonders" exhibition, Pacific Asian Art Museum in Los Angeles, November 2004.
- Germano, David F. and Kevin Trainor (co-editors, (2004). Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia. SUNY. This volume of essays on Buddhist relic traditions across Asia is drawn from our four year seminar on the subject in the American Academy of Religions.
- Germano, David F. (2004). "Relics of the Living Buddha in Tibet". In Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia, editors David Germano and Kevin Trainor, SUNY.
- Review, of Goldstein, Melvyn (2003), The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan, Berkeley: the University of California Press. In Geolinguistics, vol. 29.
- Germano, David F. (2002). “The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library”. In the “In Brief” column of D-Lib Magazine (May 2002, www.d-lib.org). Republished in ACCESS (www.igroupnet.com).
- Germano, David F., co-editor (2002). The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism. Brill Press.
- Germano, David F. (2002) "The Seven Descents and the Nature of sNga' 'gyur: The “history” of rNying ma tantras". In The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism, Brill Press.
- Germano, David F. with Nathaniel Garson (2001) “The Rise of 'Thematic Research Collections' in the study, teaching and transmission of Buddhist scriptures”. Journal of Electronic Buddhist Texts, Volume 3, December 2001, pp. 147-190. Published by Electronic Buddhist Text Institute, Seoul, Korea.
- Germano, David F. (2001) "Encountering Tibet: The Ethics, Soteriology and Creativity of Cross-cultural Interpretation". In the Journal of the American Academy of Religions.
- Germano, David F. with Janet Gyatso (2000). “Longchenpa and the Possessions of Dakinıs”. Tantra in Practice, edited by David White, Princeton University Press.
- Germano, David F. (1998). "Re-membering the dismembered body of Tibet: The contemporary Tibetan visionary movements in the People’s Republic of China.". In Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity (editors Melvyn Goldstein and Matthew Kapstein); Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
- Germano, David F. (1997). "Dying, death and other opportunities". In Religions of Tibet in Practice (editor Donald Lopez), pp. 458-493; Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
- Germano, David F. (1997). "Food, clothes, dreams and karmic propensities" In Religions of Tibet in Practice (editor Donald Lopez), pp. 293-312; Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
- Germano, David F. (1997) "Preliminary practices: craziness, the elements and the letter Hum". In Religions of Tibet in Practice (editor Donald Lopez), pp. 313-334; Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
- Germano, David F. (1994). "Architecture and Absence in the Secret Tantric History of rDzogs Chen". In The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol. 17.2, pp. 203-335.
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- University of Virginia · workplace affiliation
- Tibetan and Himalayan Library · workplace affiliation
- Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies · workplace affiliation
- http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/religiousstudies/people/dfg9w.html · websites