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Devon Zuckermann Religious Studies

Devin Zuckerman

Doctoral Candidate


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies
  • Harvard Divinity School - MDiv Buddhist Studies (2016)
  • Naropa University - BA Religious Studies (2013)

Research Interests

Dissertation: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space: A History of Matter in the Great Perfection Tradition of Tibet

My research explores the ways that Tibetan Buddhist theories of the "primary elements" of earth, water, fire, wind and space have historically functioned within forms of discourse on the human body, the natural environment, and as a theme within meditation practice.

Nyingma; 12th Century Tibet; Early Great Perfection; Theories of meditation; Buddhist environmental thought; Histories of science; Materiality studies

Featured in the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion Student Spotlights.