Professor Geoffrey Samuel

Honorary Associate
2010 University Buddhist Education Foundation Visiting Professor

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Geoffrey Samuel is Professor in the School of Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of religion in Tibetan societies, the historical development and contemporary practice of technologies of consciousness, the relationship between consciousness, body and materiality, particularly in relation to healing, as well as the history of meditation, yoga and tantra in India and Tibet and other Asian medical, health and yogic practices. Professor Samuel also has interests in Religion and modernity, including Buddhism in contemporary societies, gender, sexuality and masculinity in Asian cultures and also Shamanism and ?nature religions?. His most recent work published last year is The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century, and recently he also produced Tantric Revisionings: New Understandings of Tibetan Buddhism and Indian Religion. He is particularly well-known for his highly influential Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies. He is joint editor of the journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity and he has also recently established the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) International Research Network.

Sydney Lecture Series | online resources

Slide show presentations

  • Lecture 1 Tibetan Buddhism as a System of Knowledge [2.5 Mb]
  • Lecture 2 Tibetan Buddhism as an Ethical Tradition [2.4 Mb]
  • Lecture 3 Lamas and Lay Practitioners, Monasteries and Temples [2.1 Mb]
  • Lecture 4 Tibetan Buddhism as Practical Religion [1.8 Mb]
  • Lecture 5 Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan Art of Healing [2.6 Mb]
  • Lecture 6 Tibetan Buddhism, Place and Identity [2.1 Mb]
  • Lecture 7 Tibetan Buddhism, Women and Gender [1.0 Mb]
  • Lecture 8 Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon Religion [2.8 Mb]

[photo: Torbjørn Hobbel]

Current research students

Project title Research student
Somatic Praxis and Healing in South Asian Tantra Jarrod HYAM

Selected grants

2017

  • Compassion at the heart of well-being: an inter-disciplinary study of well-being in a healthcare setting; Huppert F, Johnson A, Nguyen H, O'Conner S, Samuel G; John Templeton Foundation/Large Grants.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Samuel, G. (2012). Introducing Tibetan Buddhism. Abingdon: Routledge.

Edited Books

  • Samuel, G., Johnston, J. (2013). Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Samuel, G. (2016). Mindfulness Within the Full Range of Buddhist and Asian Meditative Practices. In Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes and Adam Burke (Eds.), Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement, (pp. 47-62). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2015). Healing. In Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology, (pp. 15-31). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2014). Panentheism and the Longevity Practices of Tibetan Buddhism. In Loriliai Biernacki, Philip Clayton (Eds.), Panentheism across the World's Traditions, (pp. 83-99). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Afterword. In Hiroko Kawanami, Geoffrey Samuel (Eds.), Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society, (pp. 189-207). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G., Johnston, J. (2013). General Introduction. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 1-9). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Reb Kong in the Multiethnic Context of A Mdo: Religion, Language, Ethnicity, and Identity. In Yangdon Dhondup, Ulrich Pagel, Geoffrey Samuel (Eds.), Monastic and Lay Traditions in North-Eastern Tibet, (pp. 5-20). Leiden: Brill.
  • Johnston, J., Samuel, G. (2013). Subtle Bodies in Europe and Islam: Introduction to Part Three. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 117-119). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Subtle-body processes: towards a non-reductionist understanding. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 249-266). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). The subtle body in India and beyond. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 33-47). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Amitayus and the Development of Tantric Practices for Longevity and Health in Tibet. In Istvan Keul (Eds.), Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond, (pp. 263-286). Berlin (Germany), Boston (US): Walter de Gruyter. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G., Rozario, S. (2012). Sufi Spaces in Urban Bangladesh: Gender and Modernity in Contemporary Shrine Culture. In Patrick A. Desplat and Dorothea E. Schulz (Eds.), Prayer in the City. The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, (pp. 289-309). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Rozario, S., Samuel, G. (2012). Young Muslim Women and the Islamic Family: Reflections on Conflicting Ideals in British Bangladeshi Life. In Terence Lovat (Eds.), Women in Islam: Reflections on Historical and Contemporary Research, (pp. 25-42). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Journals

  • Samuel, G. (2015). The contemporary mindfulness movement and the question of nonself. Transcultural Psychiatry, 52(4), 485-500. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2014). Between Buddhism and science, between mind and body. Religions, 5(3), 560-579. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Introduction: Medicine and Healing in Tibetan Societies. East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 7(3), 335-351. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Revisiting the Problem of Bon Identity: Bon Priests and Ritual Practitioners in the Himalayas. Journal of the International Association for Bon Research, 1(1), 77-97.
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Editorial: Cultivating Perfection and Longevity in Asian Traditions. Asian Medicine: tradition and modernity, 7(1), i-xiv. [More Information]
  • Rozario, S., Samuel, G. (2012). Introduction: Finding Muslim partners, building Islamic lives. Culture and Religion: an international, interdisciplinary journal, 13(2), 137-140. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Islam and the family in Bangladesh and the UK: The background to our study. Culture and Religion: an international, interdisciplinary journal, 13(2), 141-158. [More Information]

2016

  • Samuel, G. (2016). Mindfulness Within the Full Range of Buddhist and Asian Meditative Practices. In Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes and Adam Burke (Eds.), Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement, (pp. 47-62). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. [More Information]

2015

  • Samuel, G. (2015). Healing. In Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology, (pp. 15-31). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2015). The contemporary mindfulness movement and the question of nonself. Transcultural Psychiatry, 52(4), 485-500. [More Information]

2014

  • Samuel, G. (2014). Between Buddhism and science, between mind and body. Religions, 5(3), 560-579. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2014). Panentheism and the Longevity Practices of Tibetan Buddhism. In Loriliai Biernacki, Philip Clayton (Eds.), Panentheism across the World's Traditions, (pp. 83-99). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2013

  • Samuel, G. (2013). Afterword. In Hiroko Kawanami, Geoffrey Samuel (Eds.), Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society, (pp. 189-207). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G., Johnston, J. (2013). General Introduction. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 1-9). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Introduction: Medicine and Healing in Tibetan Societies. East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 7(3), 335-351. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Reb Kong in the Multiethnic Context of A Mdo: Religion, Language, Ethnicity, and Identity. In Yangdon Dhondup, Ulrich Pagel, Geoffrey Samuel (Eds.), Monastic and Lay Traditions in North-Eastern Tibet, (pp. 5-20). Leiden: Brill.
  • Samuel, G., Johnston, J. (2013). Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Revisiting the Problem of Bon Identity: Bon Priests and Ritual Practitioners in the Himalayas. Journal of the International Association for Bon Research, 1(1), 77-97.
  • Johnston, J., Samuel, G. (2013). Subtle Bodies in Europe and Islam: Introduction to Part Three. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 117-119). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). Subtle-body processes: towards a non-reductionist understanding. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 249-266). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2013). The subtle body in India and beyond. In Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston (Eds.), Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between mind and body, (pp. 33-47). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]

2012

  • Samuel, G. (2012). Amitayus and the Development of Tantric Practices for Longevity and Health in Tibet. In Istvan Keul (Eds.), Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond, (pp. 263-286). Berlin (Germany), Boston (US): Walter de Gruyter. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Editorial: Cultivating Perfection and Longevity in Asian Traditions. Asian Medicine: tradition and modernity, 7(1), i-xiv. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Introducing Tibetan Buddhism. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Rozario, S., Samuel, G. (2012). Introduction: Finding Muslim partners, building Islamic lives. Culture and Religion: an international, interdisciplinary journal, 13(2), 137-140. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G. (2012). Islam and the family in Bangladesh and the UK: The background to our study. Culture and Religion: an international, interdisciplinary journal, 13(2), 141-158. [More Information]
  • Samuel, G., Rozario, S. (2012). Sufi Spaces in Urban Bangladesh: Gender and Modernity in Contemporary Shrine Culture. In Patrick A. Desplat and Dorothea E. Schulz (Eds.), Prayer in the City. The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, (pp. 289-309). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Rozario, S., Samuel, G. (2012). Young Muslim Women and the Islamic Family: Reflections on Conflicting Ideals in British Bangladeshi Life. In Terence Lovat (Eds.), Women in Islam: Reflections on Historical and Contemporary Research, (pp. 25-42). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

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