Dr Andrew McGarrity



Andrew McGarrity is currently a research fellow at the Mangalam Research Center and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been lecturer in South Asian and Indo-Tibetan Studies at the University of Sydney and a Numata Research Fellow at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. His research areas are in Buddhism and Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit and Tibetan language study. As well as a general interest in hermeneutics and issues of meaning and authenticity in Tradition and Modernity, his specific focus is upon the early and later Indian Madhyamaka and Yogacara schools of Buddhism and their transmission and interpretation in Tibet, as well as Buddhist and non-Buddhist Indian logic and the history of ideas.

Research areas

  • Early and Later Indian Madhyamaka and Yogācāra Buddhism;
  • Indian Philosophy and Hinduism
  • Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy;
  • Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Logic;
  • non-Buddhist Indian Logic;
  • History of Ideas in India and Tibet;
  • Comparative Philosophy.

Selected publications

Published Articles:

2010: ‘Āryadeva’s Gradual Stages: Their Transmission from India to Tibet’ in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Vol. 31 No. 3-4, 2010. ISSN: 0193-600XX.

2010: ‘Philosophy’ entry in Roger D. Long and Arnold P. Kaminsky, ed. India Today: An Encyclopaedia of Life in the Republic. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010, ISBN: 0-313-37462-7/0-313-37463-5

2010: ‘Human Rights’ entry in Roger D. Long and Arnold P. Kaminsky, ed. India Today: An Encyclopaedia of Life in the Republic. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010. ISBN: 0-313-37462-7/0-313-37463-5.

2009: ‘Using Skilful Means Skilfully: The Buddhist Doctrine of Upāya and its Methodological Implications’, in Journal of Religious History Vol. 33, No. 2, June 2009.

2007: ‘Madhyamaka and Pramāṇavāda: Shared Sautrāntika Assumptions’, Numata Fellowship Report, The Annual of the Research Institute for Buddhist Culture, Ryukoku University (RIBC), No. 31

2004: ‘Family Resemblances and Empty Language Games: Conceptions of Word-Meaning, Nominalism and ‘the World’ in some Postmodern Comparisons between Nāgārjuna and Wittgenstein’ in Studies in Religion: The Scientific Quarterly for the Study of Religiosity Issue 4-5: ‘Sacred/Profane’, September 2004.

2004: ‘The Dark Side or Just Terrifying Shades of Grey? The Spectres of Relativism and Nihilism in Western Responses to Hindu and Buddhist Non-Duality’ in Christopher Hartney and Andrew McGarrity (eds), The Dark Side: Proceedings of the Seventh Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference, 2002. Sydney: RLA Press, 2004.

2004: ‘Darkness and Paradox as the Beginning and End of Understanding’ in Christopher Hartney and Andrew McGarrity (eds), The Dark Side: Proceedings of the Seventh Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference, 2002. Sydney: RLA Press, 2004.

Conference proceedings

2004: The Dark Side: Proceedings of the Seventh Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference, 2002. Co-edited with Christopher Hartney, Sydney: RLA Press.