Field: East Asian Religion
Advisors: Sheldon Pollock and Zhaohua Yang
Guy St. Amant is PhD student working on premodern Buddhism. His research focuses on interreligious debates over scriptural validity that began in South Asia around the sixth century and on the ways in which these debates impacted the development of Tantric Buddhism in East Asia and Tibet.
In particular, Guy is interested in the ways in which standards of scriptural authority influenced and were influenced by the rise of tantric movements. His work considers how these standards developed through interreligious engagement, and moreover, how this engagement would come to shape the formation of Tantric Buddhist canons. His research examines how these canons were further defined during their transmission to East Asia and Tibet. This work draws on both published material and unpublished manuscripts written in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan.
Guy received his B.A. from Cambridge University and his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.