Over the course of nearly half a century, Robert A. F. Thurman has left an indelible mark on numerous fields of study, including Buddhist literature, Tantric Buddhism, Tibetan Studies, and the comparative sciences of mind. To celebrate his seventieth birthday, Thurman's students and colleagues have come together to pay tribute to these contributions and to Thurman's ongoing leadership in these fields by assembling a collection of essays of their own that extend and supplement his groundbreaking research. In Vimalakirti's House is the result of this collaboration and represents a broad spectrum of cutting edge studies in areas central to Thurman's own scholarly project. The resulting volume is itself a kind of "treasury of the Buddhist sciences," insofar as its authors explore wide-ranging problems in art, literature, epistemology, history, ritual, buddhology, and lexicography. Published by American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS)
Christian K. Wedemeyer is associate professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School and in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions and Aryadeva's Lamp that Integrates the Practices (Caryamelapakapradipa): The Gradual Path of Vajrayana Buddhism according to the Esoteric Community Noble Tradition. John D. Dunne is associate professor in the Religion Department at Emory University. He is the author of Foundation of Dharmakirti's Philosophy. Thomas F. Yarnall is associate research scholar at the Center for Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, and executive editor of the AIBS Treasury series. He is the author of The Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (sngags rim chen mo) [by Tsong Khapa], Chapters XI-XII: The Creation Stage.