Vesna Wallace

Vesna Wallace
Professor of Religious Studies

Office Location

HSSB, 3rd floor, room # 3045

Specialization

Languages and Specialization: Serbo-Croatian, Sanskrit, Pāli, Hindi, Modern Mongolian and Classical Mongolian. Fields: Religious Traditions of South and Inner Asia

Education

B.A. University of Zagreb, Croatia (Department of Indology and Department of Comparative Literature), 1979
M.A. University of Washington, (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures), 1988
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Department of South and East Asian Languages and Literatures), 1995

Bio

Vesna A. Wallace teaches South Asian and Inner Asian religions and advanced Sanskrit Courses in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB. Her two areas of specialization are Indian Buddhism, particularly Mahāyana and Vajrayāna traditions and Mongolian Buddhism. She has authored and translated four books related to Indian Buddhism, three of which pertain to the Kalachakra tantric tradition in India, and has published numerous articles on Indian and Mongolian Buddhism. Her most recent book is an edited volume on Mongolian Buddhism, titled Buddhism in Mongolian Culture, History, and Society.

Research

Professor Wallace is currently working on three new books, two pertaining to Buddhism in Mongolia--one is an edited volume “Sources of Mongolian Buddhism,” and the other is a co-authored book on “Interplay between Text, Image, and Ritual in Mongolian Buddhism.” Another book is a translation and analysis of Indian Buddhist tantric texts on tantric yoga. She also has several other works in progress, a critical edition of Sanskrit text, titled the Smṛtyupasthāna Sūtra and is working on Buddhism and law in Mongolia.

Publications

Books

  • Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society. Edited by Vesna A. Wallace.New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • The Kālacakratantra: The Chapter on Sādhana together with the Vimalaprabhā. TanjurTranslation Initiative, Treasury of Buddhist Sciences Series. New York: American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, co-published with the Columbia University’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Tibet House. 2010. (Reviewed by Tadeusz Skorupski in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 75, Issue 03, October 2012: 590-592.)
  • The Kālacakratantra: The Chapter on the Individual together with the Vimalaprabhā. Tanjur Translation Initiative, Treasury of Buddhist Sciences Series.  New York: American Institute of Buddhist Studies, co-published with the Columbia University’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Tibet House, 2004. (Annotated translation from Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mongolian, together with a critical edition of the Mongolian text.)
  • The Inner Kālacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Bodhicāryāvatāra. Translated from Sanskrit and Tibetan by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications,   1997.
  • A Textbook for the First Year Intensive Serbo-Croatian. Co-author. Washington DC, State Department, 1988.

    For the complete list of publications, please see attached curriculum vitae.

Courses

Advanced Sanskrit and Pāli Courses Taught at UCSB

  • Reading the two Sanskrit editions of the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabhārāja Mahāyāna Sūtra
  • Reading selected chapters from Śāntideva’s Śikṣāsamuccaya
  • Reading the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti with Raviśrījñāna’s Amṛtakaṇikākhyaṭippaṇī
  • Reading Nāropā’s Paramārthasaṃgraha
  • Reading the Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra in Fifty Lines and other selected Mahāyāna texts
  • Reading Selected Works from the Buddhist Tantric Literature in Sanskrit
  • Reading Buddhist Sanskrit Texts (Reading selected texts from the corpus of Buddhist Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna scriptures)
  • Jain Literature in Sanskrit (Selected readings from Jaina Sanskrit Literature
  • Buddhist Literature in Pāli (Selected readings from the Buddhist Pāli canonical literature)
  • Reading the Yogasūtras of Patañjali with Vyāsa’s Commentary
  • Reading selected texts from Buddhist philosophical literature
  • Reading selected texts from Buddhist Mahāyāna Śāstras
  • Reading Sanskrit Jain Texts (Reading the selected reading from the Jain classic, Praśamaratiprakaraṇam with Haribhadra’s commentary)
  • Reading selected texts pertaining to the South Asian theories of the body from the Major Upaniṣads, Manusṃrti, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, and Āyurvedic Saṃhitās)
  • Reading the Bhairavavilāsa and the selected readings from the Kathāsaritasāgara),
  • Reading the Hindu tantric text Rasārṇava
  • Reading selected texts from the Vedas, Brāhmaṇas and Śrauta Sūtras
  • Reading selected readings from the works of Aśvaghoṣa    
  • Reading Buddhist Tantric works: the Kālacakratantra and the Vimalaprabhā
  • Reading selected texts from the Major and Yoga Upaniṣads
  • Reading the Kulārṇavatantra
  • Reading the Yogavasiṣṭha
  • Reading Hindu Philosophical Texts: the Śiva Sūtras with Kṣemarāja's Vimarśinī)
  • Reading Sanskrit Philosophical Texts: the Āgamaśāstra of Gauḍapāda with Śaṅkara's commentary

Graduate Seminars Taught at UCSB

  • Seminar on “The Kālacakra Tantric Tradition”
  • Seminar on “Indian Buddhist Tantras”
  • Seminar on “South Asian Buddhism (Mahāyāna Buddhism)”
  • Seminar on “Theravāda Buddhism”
  • Seminar on “Mongolian Buddhism”
  • Seminar on “Buddhist Monasticism and Vinayas in Indian Buddhism”
  • Seminar on “Hindu Philosophical Traditions,” Department of Religious Studies
  • Seminar on “Jainism,” Seminar on “South Asian Buddhist Traditions (Buddhist Philosophy)
  • Seminar on “South Asian Philosophical Traditions: Constructions of Personal Identity within the Six Darśanas”
  • Seminar on “South Asian Buddhism: Buddhist Hermeneutics”
  • Seminar on “Comparative Study of Foucault and Buddhist Theories of Sexuality and Religious Experience”

 Undergraduate Thematic Courses Taught at UCSB

  • “Mind and Buddhist Mediation Traditions,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Introduction to Buddhism,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Introduction to Asian Religious Traditions,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Undergraduate Seminar in Buddhist Ethics,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Religions of Mongolia,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Religion and Healing in Global Perspective,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Buddhist Tantra,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Indian Philosophy,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Religions of India,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “South Asian Buddhism,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Ceylon Buddhism,” Department of Religious Studies
  • “Socially Engaged Buddhism,” Department of Religious Studies