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Nicholas Trautz



  • Williams College: BA 
  • Harvard Divinity School: MTS 
  • University of Virginia: PhD 


The legacy of the Bka' brgyad bde gshegs 'dus pa in 12th-17th century Tibet

Research Interests

Tibetan Buddhist ritual and contemplative traditions, Tibetan Buddhist institution and canon formation, Tibetan folk religion, East Asian religious traditions, methodologies in the study of religion and ethnography.


  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Teaching Assistant
  • Buddhist Meditation and Modernity - Contemplative Lab Instructor

Conference Presentations

  • “The Living Landscape of Tibet: Pragmatist Perspectives on Personification and Agency,” Ways of Knowing, Harvard University Graduate Conference, 2014.


  • "Through Rites All Things Flourish," The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture, and Politics (November, 2014).