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Cathy Cantwell has been based in Canterbury since her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at Kent in 1975-78. Her Ph.D (Kent 1989) was a study of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Northern India, especially focusing on the annual cycle of ritual practice. She has been a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, since 2002, where she took part in a series of funded research projects on Tibetan religious texts of different eras. She is President of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies (from 2015), and has been a KHK Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bochum (October 2015 - September 2016). Her work focuses on Tibetan and Himalayan tantric rituals of all periods from the 10th century CE, and especially the ritual texts and practices deriving from the “Early Transmissions” (snga 'gyur rnying ma). This work has included text critical and historical analysis, as well as ethnographic study of contemporary rituals. One research project (at the University of Cardiff, 2006-2009) examined Tibetan longevity rites, and recent work in Bochum has looked at the embodied and sensual dimension of Tibetan religious practices
Cathy has taught widely in Buddhist Studies and Buddhist culture in Asian societies, and supervised and examined research students in Tibetan tantric religious traditions, as well as other studies in Buddhism and Tibetan and Himalayan culture.
"The creation and transmission of a textual corpus in the twentieth century: the 'Chi med srog thig " (with Robert Mayer), in Anne Chayet, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Françoise Robin, Jean-Luc Achard (eds), Edition, éditions: l'écrit au Tibet, évolution et devenir , 2010. Munich: Indus Verlag, Collectanea Himalayica: 65-83.
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