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Eben Yonnetti

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD History of Religions, Department of Religious Studies (expected: May 2023)
  • University of Colorado University - MA Religious Studies (2017)
    • Thesis: "Entering 'the Unified Mandala of All the Siddhas': The Sādhana of Mahāmudrā and the Making of Vajrayāna Buddhist Subjects"
  • Siena College: BA History (2012) 

Research Interests

Tibetan Buddhism; Buddhist studies; translation studies; religious transmission; East Asian religions; anthropology of religion; religion and the environment

Research Languages

Classical and Modern Tibetan, Classical Chinese, Mandarin, German


  • United States State Department Critical Language Scholarship Mandarin—Tainan, Taiwan, 2019
  • National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center Scholarship, 2018
  • United States-India Educational Foundation, Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship, 2017—2018 
  • United States-India Education Foundation, Critical Language Enhancement Award, 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Center for Asian Studies Summer Language Fellowship, 2017
  • University of Colorado, Provost's Fellows for the University Libraries, 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts Graduate Scholar, 2014-2015


  • Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia
    • Introduction to Chinese Religions, Introduction to Buddhism, Religion, Ethics & the Environment
  • Assistant Academic Director, Fall 2016, School for International Training, Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples—Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Courses taught: “The Politics of Tibetan and Himalayan Borders,” “Religious Change in Tibet and the Himalayas,” “Field Methods and Ethics”
  • University of Colorado Boulder
    • Foundations of Buddhism, American Indigenous Religious Traditions

Conference Presentations

  • American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (2018)
    • Presenter: “When the Snowy Mountains Turn Black: Climate Change, Local Deities, and Buddhism in Ladakh”
  • South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin (2018)
    • Panel Organizer: "Artificial Glaciers, Technoscience, and Tibetan Buddhism: Contemporary Responses to Environmental and Climactic Change in Ladakh, India" 
    • Presenter: "Elements out of Balance: Tibetan Buddhism, Climate Change, and Environmental Activism in Ladakh”
  • South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference, New Delhi, India (2018)
    • Presenter: “Green Dharma: Tibetan Buddhism and Environmental Activism in the Indian Himalayas”
  • American Academy of Religion Rocky Mountain—Great Plains Regional Conference, Boulder, CO (2017)
    • Chair: Ethics and Ritual Practice in the Formation of Tibetan Buddhist Subjectivities
    • Presenter: “Entering ‘the Unified Maṇḍala of All the Siddhas:’ The Sādhana of Mahāmudrā and the Making of Vajrayāna Buddhist Subjects in North America.”
  • Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies 4th Annual Himalayan Studies Conference, Austin, TX (2016)
    • Presenter: “The Unified Maṇḍala of all the Siddhas, Dorje Drolö Karma Pakshi༔:” An Analysis of the Sādhana of Mahāmudrā Thangka
  • American Academy of Religion Rocky Mountain—Great Plains Regional Conference Omaha, NE (2015)
    • Presenter: “Translation and Liturgy: Challenging the Invisibility of Translators in Tibetan Buddhist Practice Texts”