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Rachel H. Pang


Ph.D., M.A. University of Virginia
Hon. B.A. University of Toronto


I teach courses on the religions of Tibet, China, and East Asia. I have lived and traveled extensively in Asia, including in eastern Tibet, China, Nepal, India, and Bhutan. My research centers on the non-sectarian movement in 19th century Tibet (Tib. ris med), the Collected Works of the Tibetan Buddhist poet-saint Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781-1851), and Buddhist life writing. One of the most important religio-cultural developments in Asian religious history, the non-sectarian movement sought to put an end to centuries of inter-sectarian rivalry on the Tibetan plateau, and had a profound impact on the way that Tibetan Buddhism is taught and practiced in contemporary global contexts.

I have an avid interest in bridging disparate academic disciplines, and combining textual research with fieldwork in the communities that I study; my articles have been published in Numen, a/b: Auto/biography Studies, Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, and Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines. Currently, I am working on a book manuscript entitled, Transcending Sects: Shabkar and Religious Ecumenism in Tibet, 1781-1851.


REL 180 Intro to East Asian Religions
REL 280 Chinese Religions
REL 282 Tibetan Religions
REL 283 Buddhism in America
REL 288 The Religious Question in Modern China
REL 382 Zen Buddhism
REL 474 The Daodejing and its Interpreters