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Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Core Faculty


BA in Religious Studies
Contemplative Religions
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Master of Divinity


PhD, University of Virginia
MBA, University of Michigan
MA, University of Virginia
BA, University of North Carolina-At-Chapel-Hill

Areas of Specialization:

  • Buddhist Canon
  • Shambala Training
  • Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism

A member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, Phil has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche since 1974 and has taught Buddhism and Shambhala Training since 1981. In this time he developed the first-year primer of literary Tibetan used at Naropa. Phil is a member of the Executive Council of the International Association of Buddhist Universities. He is co-director of the Tibetan Buddhist Canonical Collections Cataloging Project of the Tibetan Himalayan Library which launched an online catalog of multiple editions of the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur collections, with links to scans of all 5,000 plus texts. He also leads the Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts project that is launching a prototype online catalog of all the major Buddhist canonical collections. Phil received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for doctoral research on the nine-vehicle texts of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Currently, Phil is writing a book on the canons of Buddhism and the history of the Tibetan Buddhist canon.