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Clarke Shayne, Associate Professor

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Shayne Clarke

Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Interests

My research interests focus on Indian Buddhist monasticism, with particular reference to Buddhist monastic law codes (vinaya) preserved in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Chinese. I am primarily concerned with trying to understand what it meant to be a Buddhist monk/nun in India. My first in-depth attempt at tackling this issue, Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms (2014), used 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.

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 I am also working on an edition of the Vinayakarika on the basis of its extant Sanskrit (unpublished mss.), Tibetan, and Chinese versions.


  • UCLA, Ph.D., 2006
  • University of Canterbury (New Zealand), M.A. in Religious Studies, 1999
  • University of Canterbury (New Zealand), B.A. (Honours) in Japanese Studies, 1998
  • University of Canterbury (New Zealand), B.A. Faculty of Arts, 1997 




Buddhism and Film (2BF3)
The Buddhist Tradition in India (2BT3)
Sex and the City in Buddhism (2BN3)
Storytelling in East Asian Religions (2F03)
Storytelling in Indian Religions (2I03)
Hollywood/Bollywoood and Indian Religions (2IR3)
Introduction to Buddhism (2K03)


Topics in Buddhist Thought and History: Indian Monasticism—Nuns (711)
Topics in Buddhist Thought and History: Buddhist Literature (711)
Topics in Buddhist Thought and History: Buddhist Commentarial Literature (RS 711)
Topics in Indian Buddhist Texts: Daily Life in India Around the Turn of the Common Era (714)
Topics in Indian Buddhist Texts: Introduction to the Study of Monastic Law (714)
Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts (Sanskrit) (715)
Topics in Buddhist Studies: Recent Scholarship: The Mahayana (718)



  • Vinaya Texts. Gilgit Manuscripts in the National Archives of India: Facsimile Edition. Volume 1. New Delhi and Tokyo: The National Archives of India and the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, 2014.

    [This volume, issued in B4 size, contains an Introduction to the Gilgit Vinaya Manuscripts Preserved in the National Archives of India (pp. 1–4), an Introduction to the Vinaya Concordance (pp. 5–15), a Bibliographical Survey of the Extant Sanskrit Folios (pp. 16–36), a Bibliography (pp. 37–45), and a Concordance to the Gilgit Vinaya Manuscripts Preserved in the National Archives of India, compiled in collaboration with Drs. Fumi Yao and Masanori Shono, detailing (1) folio numbers, (2) image numbers in the previous black-and-white facsimile editions, (3–4) volume, page, and line numbers in modern editions, (5–7) location in Tibetan translation in the sDe dge, Peking, and sTog editions, and (8) location in Yijing’s Chinese translation (pp. 46–79). It also contains full-colour facsimiles of 570 folio sides/fragments, all individually presented together with the above 8 pieces of concordance data (Plates, pp. 1–261) and 78 Select Photographic Enlargements (Plates, pp. 264–277). The volume includes a Preface to the New Series by Prof. Oskar von Hinüber (pp. xi–xiv) and a Postscript by Prof. Noriyuki Kudo (p. 80).]

  • Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms. University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014.

Journal Articles


  • Vinayas.” Pages 60–87 in Volume 1 of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Edited by Jonathan A. Silk. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • Creating Nuns Out of Thin Air: Problems and Possible Solutions concerning the Ordination of Nuns according to the Tibetan Monastic Code.” Pages 227­–238 in Dignity & Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns. Edited by Thea Mohr and Jampa Tsedroen. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2010. 
  • “The Mulasarvastivadin Vinaya: A Brief Reconnaissance Report.” Pages 45–63 in Early Buddhism and Abhidharma Thought: In Honor of Doctor Hajime Sakurabe on His Seventy-seventh Birthday. Kyoto: Heirakuji shoten, 2002.
  •  “One Rule For All? Samghavasesa Indemnity for the Sarvastivadin Monastic Hierarchy.” Pages 387–398 in Buddhist and Indian Studies in Honour of Professor Sodo Mori. Hamamatsu: Kokusai Bukkyoto Kyokai, 2002.