Reiko Ohnuma

Professor of Religion

Reiko Ohnuma is a specialist in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia (with a particular focus on narrative literature, hagiography, and the role and imagery of women), but also teaches courses on Hinduism.  She holds a B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).  She is the author of Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia University Press, 2007); Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Department:
Religion
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education:
B.A. University of California at Berkeley (1986)
M.A. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1993)
Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1997)

Selected Publications

Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia University Press, 2007).

"Animal Doubles of the Buddha," Humanimalia 7:2 (2016) 1-34.

"Buddhism and the Family," Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, ed. Richard Payne (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

"Bad Nun: Thullanandā in Pāli Canonical and Commentarial Sources," Journal of Buddhist Ethics 20 (2013) 18-66.

"An Elephant Good to Think: The Buddha in Pārileyyaka Forest," Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 35:1-2 (2012) 259-293.

“Mother-Love and Mother-Grief: South Asian Buddhist Variations on a Theme,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 23:1 (2007) 95-116.

“Debt to the Mother: A Neglected Aspect of the Founding of the Buddhist Nuns’ Order,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74:4 (2006) 861-901.

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