Barbara Hazelton

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Asian Epic Literature
  • Buddhist Ritual
  • Women and Buddhism
  • Buddhism and Landscape
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Hidden Lands
  • Terma
  • Buddhist Biographies and Buddhist Art


Barbara Hazelton is a PhD candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She has a BA in Fine Art History and Buddhist Studies, and an MA in Buddhist Studies. Her MA focused on Tibetan medical tradition: Yuthok nyingtik empowerment.

Her PhD research focuses on Tibetan epic literature and performance, in particular the Epic tradition of King Gesar of Ling. She has lived for many years with Tibetan communities in Asia and Canada and is a practicing artist studying with a Tibetan Thanka painter in Toronto. She also practices Buddhist meditation. She has a background in Tibetan visual imagery and ritual through studies with Tibetan scholars and ritual specialists.