Rory Lindsay

Assistant Professor
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 215, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Tibetan religions
  • Buddhist canons
  • Tantric Buddhism
  • Funerary ritual
  • Material culture
  • Death and dying
  • Tibetan historical and biographical literature
  • Tibetan philosophy


Rory Lindsay is Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion. He is also an editor at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha and a visiting scholar at the Buddhist Texts Translation Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His forthcoming book Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvadurgatipariśodhana Tantra (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, 2021) examines the history of Kunrik funerary practices in Tibet and the intersecting forms of agency—human, nonhuman, and material—that are described in Kunrik ritual manuals. His second book, coauthored with Tibetan scholar Khenpo Tashi Dorje, will examine the life and writings of the twentieth-century master Drayab Lodrö Gyaltsen.

  • Classical Tibetan language
  • Tibetan religions
  • Buddhist canons
  • Death and dying


PhD, Harvard University
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of Toronto