Ryan Damron

Ryan’s dissertation project is a historical study of the fifteenth-century Indian Buddhist paṇḍita Vanaratna (1384-1468), who traveled the length and breadth of South Asia and crossed the Himalaya during his remarkable career. Drawing from Sanskrit and Tibetan literature, as well as art-historical, architectural, and material resources, his study presents a micro-history of a compelling individual, combined with a more broad exploration of the religious, political, and cultural forces affecting Buddhist communities in India, Sri Lanka, the Kathmandu Valley, and Central Tibet during the fifteenth century.