Professor Richard King
Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies
Head of Department
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Office: Cornwallis North West Room 213
Office hours: Tuesdays 11am-12 noon and Thursdays 10-11am.
Professor King's research explores interdisciplinary issues in the intersection between religious studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, the comparative study of mysticism and spirituality and the study of Asia. In particular his work examines classical Indian (Hindu and Buddhist) philosophy and its ongoing representation through the category of 'religion' in the modern period, with a particular interest also in the formation of Mahayana Buddhist thought and its influence on the formation of the early Advaita Vedanta school.
From 2007 to 2009 Professor King served on the advisory committee to the Guggenheim Museum in New York for 'The Third Mind' - a major exhibition exploring Asian philosophical influences on modern American art and also as co-chair of the Cultural History for the Study of Religion group for the American Academy of Religion.
Professor King's current research work explores comparative approaches to apophatic discourse (Buddhist, Vedantic and Christian) and the philosophical and ethical questions arising from the transformation of what has come to be called 'mindfulness meditation' from its ancient roots as a Buddhist monastic practice to its current deployment as a modern 'secularised' therapy in healthcare, corporate and military contexts.back to top
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Richard King teaches modules on Buddhism and on Indian philosophy.back to top