Karen Lang

Current Focus

My primary research and translation interests focus on the work of 7th century Buddhist philosopher, Candrakirti.


  • Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Indian Religions, University of Virginia, retired
  • Former Director of the Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., University of Washington


  • Buddhism in India, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.
  • The relationship between early Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu texts.
  • Indian philosophy.
  • The relationship between gender and religious discourse and practice.


  • Former Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia


  • 2003. Four Illusions: Candrakirti’s Advice for Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2000. Translation of Four Noble Truth section of Tsong kha pa’s Lam Rim. In The Great Trea-tise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, eds. Joshua Cutler and Guy Newland. Snow Lion Press, pp. 261-313.
  • 1986. Aryadeva’s Catuhsataka: On the Bodhisattva’s Cultivation of Merit and Knowledge. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag.
  • 2008. “Two Mahayana developments along the Krisna River.” In Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra, eds. Sree Padma and A. W. Barber. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • 1992 b. “A Dialogue on Death: Tibetan Commentaries on the First Chapter of Aryadeva’s Catuhsataka.” In Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation, eds. Steven Goodman and Ron Davidson. Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 45-54.
  • 1990. “Spa-tshab Nyi-ma-grags and the Introduction of Prasangika Madhyamaka into Tibet.” In Reflections on Tibetan Culture, eds. Lawrence Epstein and Richard F. Sherburne. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellon Press, pp. 127-41.