Aaron Proffitt

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Aaron Proffitt

Buddhist and Japanese Studies

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Buddhist and Japanese Studies
    • Religious Studies
  • About

    Broadly speaking,  Aaron is interested in the diversity of East Asian and Mahayana Buddhist views on the "Pure Land" of the Buddha Amitabha. In his research he plans to investigate Pure Land discourse and Tantric ritual activity as a site for the articulation and contestation of orthodoxy and heresy in Japanese Buddhisms of the late Heian and Kamakura periods.

    Aaron's dissertation will focus on the"himitsu nenbutsu" Esoteric Pure Land thought of Mt. Koya Shingon monks in medieval Japan. In particular he plans to translate and analyze the "Himitsu nenbutsusho" of the Mt. Koya scholar-monk Dohan (1179-1252).

  • Education
    • B.A., University of Colorado, 2005
    • M.A., University of Michigan, 2008
  • Languages (other than English)
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Classical Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Classical Japanese