Todd T. Lewis (College of the Holy Cross)
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Todd T. Lewis
Associate Professor of World Religions
College of the Holy Cross
Box 139-A, 425 Smith Hall
Worcester, MA 01610 USA
Description of Work:
Todd Lewis has taught world religions at the College of the Holy Cross,
primarily Hinduism and Buddhism, since 1990. In 1996, he was promoted
to Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. His previous
academic positions include Rutgers University (1988-89), Carleton College
(1988), Columbia University (1983-1987), and the University of California,
Professor Lewis is a leading authority on the cultures, religions, and
peoples of the mid-montaine Himalayan region and the social history of
Buddhism. His special research focus for over twenty years has been
Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley, particularly the traditions found
among the Newars, the indigenous population of Nepal's most populous
valley. He speaks both the national language of the country, Nepali, as well
as the Tibeto-Burman language Nepal Bhasa or Newari that is spoken by
the Newars. Beginning with his scholarly training at Columbia University
(where he studied Sanskrit and Pali, earning his Ph.D. in Religion 1984),
Professor Lewis' research and teaching has been interdisciplinary, linking
anthropology and the history of religions. In addition to scholarly books
and articles published in leading academic journals, Professor Lewis has
shot, directed, and produced films for classroom use.
Since 1982, Dr. Lewis has been a member of the American Academy of
Religion and in 1992 he became the founding co-chair (1992-1996) of the
"Tibetan and Himalayan Religions" group, the first AAR unit whose
members are specialists in the region. He continues to serve on the steering
committee. Professor Lewis has since 1978 been a member of the Nepal
Studies Association and from 1989 until the present has been a member of
its Board of Directors. In addition, he has served since 1993 as an Associate
Editor of the Association's journal, The Himalayan Research Bulletin,
editing the Book Reviews section. Professor Lewis is also an active member
in the Asian Studies Association and the International Association of
Professor Lewis has been awarded major grants from the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of American Overseas
Research Centers, Fulbright Senior Faculty Research Program, the
American Philosophical Society Research Fellowship, the American
Academy of Religion, National Endowment for the Arts, National
Geographic, the Social Science Research Council Grant, U.S. Department of
Education, Smithsonian Institution, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for
World Religions Today [co-authored with John Esposito and Darrell Fasching]. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ["Buddhism," "Hinduism," & "East Asian
Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism.
Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.
The Himalayas: A Syllabus of the RegionŐs History, Anthropology and Religion. [with
Theodore Riccardi, Jr.] Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies Monograph
The Tuladhars of Kathmandu: A Study of Buddhist Tradition in a Newar Merchant
Community. Columbia University: Ph.D. Dissertation, 1984.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:
"Representations of Buddhism in Undergraduate Teaching: The Centrality of Ritual and
Story Narratives," in Victor Hori, Richard P. Hayes, eds. Teaching Buddhism in
the West: From the Wheel to the Web. Surrey, U.K.: Curzon, 2002.
"Ancient India: Belief and Society" (12-21), "A New Community" (46-55), "The Human
Condition" (58-63), "The Four Noble Truths" (64-71), "The Path of the Buddha"
(72-79), "Tantra" (162-173) in Kevin Trainor, ed. Buddhism: An Illustrated
Guide. London: Duncan-Baird Publications and Oxford University Press, 2001.
"Growing Up Newar Buddhist: Chittadhar Hridaya's Jhi Maca and Its Context," in Al
Pach and Debra Skinner eds. Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience,
and History in Nepal. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 1998, 301-318.
"The Anthropological Study of Buddhist Communities: Historical Precedents and
Ethnographic Paradigms," in Steven Glazier ed. Shamanism, Altered States,
Healing: Essays in the Anthropology of Religion. Westport: Greenwood Press,
"Buddhist Merchants in Kathmandu: The Asan Tol Market and Uray Social
Organization," in David Gellner and Declan Quigley eds. Contested Hierarchies:
A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu
Valley, Nepal. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, 38-79.
"The Power of Mantra: a Story of the Five Protectors," Chapter 11 of Donald S. Lopez
ed. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995,
"The Story of the Horn-Blowing" and "The Tale of Simhala the Caravan Leader," for
Donald S. Lopez, ed. Buddhism in Practice. Princeton University Press, 1995,
151-169 and 328-335.
"The Use of Visual Media in the Study of Religious Belief and Practice" [with Christine
Greenway] in Steven Glazier ed. Anthropology and Religion: Theoretical,
Methodological, and Confessional Essays. Stephen D. Glazier and Charles A.
Flowerday, editors. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Forthcoming in 2002.
"Buddhism: The Politics Of Compassionate Rule" in Jacob Neusner, ed. God's Rule: The
Politics of World Religions. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press,
Forthcoming in 2002.
JOURNAL ARTICLES AND PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PAPERS:
"Sukhavati Traditions in Newar Buddhism," South Asia Research 16 (1), 1996, 1-30.
"Patterns of Religious Belief in a Buddhist Merchant Community, Nepal," Asian
Folklore Studies 55 (2), 1996, 237-270.
"Notes on the Uray and the Modernization of Newar Buddhism," Contributions to
Nepalese Studies 23 (1), 1996, 109-117.
"A Chronology of Newar-Tibetan Relations in the Kathmandu Valley," in Siegfried
Lienhard ed. Change and Continuity: Studies in the Nepalese Culture of the
Kathmandu Valley. (Torino: Edizioni Dell'orso, 1996), 149-166.
"Nepala Mahayana Bauddha Dharmaya Punarutthana Nimti Chamha Shiksharthirya
Bicar," (In Newari: "On the Revival of Newar Mahayana Buddhism: One
Scholar's Reflections"), Nhasala 25, 1995, 57-76.
"The Nepal Jana Jivan Kriya Paddhati, a Modern Newar Guide for Vajrayana Life-
Cycle Rites," Indo-Iranian Journal 37, 1994, 1-46.
"Contributions to the History of Buddhist Ritualism: A Mahayana Avadana on Stupa
Veneration from the Kathmandu Valley," Journal of Asian History 28 (1), 1994, 1-38.
"The Himalayan Frontier in Comparative Perspective: Considerations Regarding
Buddhism and Hinduism in Diaspora," Himalayan Research Bulletin XIV, 1994 (1-
"Newar Buddhist Samyak Festival: a Photo Essay," Religious Studies News, May 1994.
"Newar-Tibetan Trade and the Domestication of the Simhalasarthabahu Avadana,"
History of Religions 33 (2), 1993, 135-160.
"Contributions to the Study of Popular Buddhism: The Newar Buddhist Festival of Gumla
Dharma," Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 16, 1993, 7-52.
"Himalayan Frontier Trade: Newar Diaspora Merchants and Buddhism," in Martin Brauen
ed. Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas (Zurich: Volkerkundemuseum,
"Newars and Tibetans in the Kathmandu Valley: Ethnic Boundaries and Religious
History" Journal of Asian and African Studies 38, 1989, 31-57.
"Mahayana Vratas in Newar Buddhism," The Journal of the International Association
of Buddhist Studies 12 (1), 1989, 109-138.
"Childhood and Newar Tradition: Chittadhar Hridaya's Jhi Maca," Asian Folklore
Studies XLVIII (2), 1989, 195-210.
"Newars and Tibetans in the Kathmandu Valley: Three New Translations from Tibetan
Sources," [with Lozang Jamspal], Journal of Asian and African Studies 36, 1988,
"Contributions to the History of Nepal: Eastern Newar Diaspora Settlements," [with
D.R. Shakya], Contributions to Nepalese Studies 15 (1), 1988, 25-65.
"Sarvajanik Svasthya, Tvah.bahah va Bauddha Niti" (In Newari: "Public Health,
Community, Buddhist Ethics,") Nhasala, 1987, 15-19.
"Nepal" Amnesty International Voice 5 (1), 1986, 15-16.
"The Anthropology of Development in Nepal," Contributions to Nepalese Studies 13 (2),
1986, 167-180. [Excerpted in Himal, 1987]
"Hyu Pah.ya Jah./ Nevah. Samskritiya Sah" (In Newari: "Finding the Past in Newar
Tradition") Nhasala, 1981, 30-33.
"Nevah. Bauddha va Hindu Saha Astitvay Chapulu" (In Newari: "On Hindu-Buddhist
Relations"), Nhasala, 1980, 74-76.
FILM and VIDEO PRODUCTIONS:
"Celestial Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara: Karunamaya in Newar Buddhism," (1996: 10 minutes)
"Buddhist Rituals and Burmese Stupas" (1995: 12 minutes)
"Daruma-san: Annual Rituals of Amulet Renewal" (1994: 14 minutes)
"Images from a Daruma-san Exhibition" (1994: 10 minutes)
"The Samyaka Festival of 1980" (1992: 32 minutes)
"The Samyaka Festival of 1993" (1994: 34 minutes)