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Dr. Shayne Clarke

Shayne Clarke
Office:
Department of Religious Studies, University Hall – 118
Email:
clarsha@mcmaster.ca
Phone:
905-525-9140 ext. 23389
OFFICE HOURS:
Tues. 5:00-6:00 p.m. or by appointment

Dr. Shayne Clarke teaches RELIGST 2K03 / Introduction to Buddhism (in place of ARTSSCI 3L03 in 2019-20). His research interests focus on Indian Buddhist monasticism, with particular reference to Buddhist monastic law codes (vinaya) preserved in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Chinese. He is primarily concerned with trying to understand what it meant to be a Buddhist monk/nun in India. To that end, his monograph, Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms, uses epigraphical and literary sources (Sanskrit drama, etc.) in addition to canonical Buddhist law codes to reconsider the role of the family in monastic Buddhism: relationships between monks and nuns, their families, children, marriages, and celibacy.

Dr. Clarke is currently conducting a survey of Tibetan Dunhuang manuscripts preserved in the Stein and Pelliot collections. In particular, he is interested in correctly identifying the vinaya manuscripts, with the goal of making the collections more usable to vinaya specialists. He is also working on an edition of the Vinayak?rik? on the basis of its extant Sanskrit (unpublished mss.), Tibetan, and Chinese versions.