William A. Magee
Ph.D. (January, 1998) History of Religions, University of Virginia
M.A. (May, 1989) History of Religions, University of Virginia
B.A. (June, 1971) English Literature, Lynchburg College
"Tradition and Innovation in the Consequence School: Nature (rang bzhin,
svabhava/prakrti) in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism"
Dzong-ka-ba (1357-1419), in his Great Exposition of the Stages of
the Path and other works, reports that Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka school
asserts nature to be "things being established by way of their own entity."
However, scrutiny of the original Sanskrit verses reveals that Nagarjuna
actually describes nature as things being established as non-fabricated,
immutable, and independent. This dissertation shows that significant exegetical
innovation is employed by Dzong-ka-ba to delineate the place of nature
in the context of refuting an object of negation that is too narrow.
Based on original translations from Sanskrit and Tibetan.
Dissertation advisor: Professor Jeffrey Hopkins.
TEN YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1997-98 Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, James
Madison University: designed and taught World Religions (Rel 101), a survey
of the worlds' major religious traditions, with emphasis on their diversity.
Spring 1997 Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, James
Madison University: designed and taught Exploring Religions (Rel 200),
a survey of methodological approaches to the worlds' religions. Internet
Home Page provided.
Spring 1996 Instructor, Department of Religion, Sweet Briar College:
designed and taught Introduction to World Religions (Rel 75) and Buddhist
Art (for the Art History Department).
Fall 1995 Visiting Instructor, Department of Religion, Washington and Lee
University: designed and taught Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Rel 300).
This course was sponsored by an outreach grant from the Center
for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia.
Fall 1993 Instructor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Ithaca College,
Ithaca, NY: designed and taught Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Rel 235),
a comprehensive look at the Buddhism of the Himalayas for undergraduates.
198898 Instructor, Department of Religious Studies and the University
of Virginia Summer
Foreign language Institute: designed and taught Introduction
to Spoken and Literary Tibetan, an intensive graduate-level summer-session
language course. In ten years this course has attracted almost one hundred
students from Universities and Colleges worldwide. Introduction to Spoken
and Literary Tibetan is the only Asian language course selected to join
the University of Virginia's exclusive Summer Language Institute.
1989 Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia:
designed and taught Intermediate Spoken and Literary Tibetan, a graduate-level
course in Buddhist language and theory.
Co-author with Elizabeth Napper: Fluent Tibetan: A Proficiency-Oriented
Learning System. In four volumes, over 1000 pages with tapes or CDROM.
Published by Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, New York, 1993. Second printing,
"The Transition to Orthodoxy in Fifteenth-Century Tibet." Forthcoming in
Fifteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 25.
This Spring I was appointed to the advisory board of the refereed journal,
Fifteenth-Century Studies. I have been asked to contribute a series
of articles about Tibet's transitional fifteenth century. The series will
be entitled Doctrine and Dominion: the Politics of Reincarnation and
the Struggle for Orthodoxy in Fifteenth-Century Tibet.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
1992-1993 Visiting East Asia Fellow, Cornell University. I offered
Tibetan language instruction to Cornell graduate students, gave occasional
lectures to East Asia Buddhist Studies seminars, and participated in the
East Asia Visiting Scholar Lecture Series.
199092 Project Director of a two-year International Research and Studies
Program grant from the Department of Education. Our project was to design,
write, and publish Fluent Tibetan: A Proficiency-Oriented Learning System.
These Tibetan colloquial in-structional materials were completed and published
(Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications) in four volumes with accom-panying audio
1989-90 Researched, authored, and implemented first national standard Tibetan
oral proficiency evaluation exams at the University of Virginia for the
Center for South Asian Studies on a grant from the Department of Education.
1989 Researched and authored Tibetan language oral proficiency guidelines
for the Center for South Asian Studies on a grant from the Department of
198588 Four consecutive NDEA Title VI National Resource Fellowships in
Tibetan, Sanskrit, Pali, French.
Complete CV and dossier available upon request. Email to email@example.com.
1997 "The Wheel of Life and the Cultural Implications of Buddhism." Faculty
Development Workshop, Piedmont Virginia Community College; sponsored by
the Center for South Asia.
1996 "Ten Uncommon Assumptions of Tibetan Buddhism." Mini-Course For Educators,
U.Va. Richmond Center; sponsored by the Center for South Asia.
1995 "Buddhism: the Adopted Religion of Tibet." Festival of Tibet Lecture
Series, sponsored by the Department of Religion, Shenandoah University.
1994 "External, Internal, and Secret Practices in Tibetan Religions." Northern
Virginia Community College, sponsored by the Center for South Asia.
1993 "Three Principle Aspects of the Path According to Dzong-ka-ba." At
the State University of New York, Oneonta, LaFrance Psychology and Religion
1993 "Tathagatagarbha in the Four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism." At Cornell
University, East Asia Visiting Scholar Lecture Series.
1992 "Human Rights Violations in Tibet and U.S. Foreign Policy Towards
China." At Grinnell College, The Rosenfield Lecture Series.
1989 "A Controversy in Tibet Regarding Sutra Passages Indicated as Interpretable
in Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatarabhashya." At Georgetown University, Mid-Atlantic
Regional meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.