Anne M. Blackburn

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor of South Asia


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Mailing Address

Department of Asian Studies
Cornell University
388 Rockefeller Hall, Ithaca NY 14853-2502 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phones: 607-254-6501
fax: 607-255-1345

Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka

Research Interests

My teaching focuses on the religious traditions of Southern Asia
and Southeast Asia, with particular attention to the Buddhist
traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Research interests include:
Buddhism and/under colonialism; problems of
modernity/modernization/multiple modernities; monasticism/monastic institutions;
Buddhist education; Buddhist textual practice (including
print use); commentarial texts and preaching guides; Buddhist literature
in Sinhala and Pali.


2001 Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in Eighteenth-century
Lankan Monastic Culture. Princeton University Press.

1999 "Looking for the Vinaya: Monastic Discipline in the Practical
Canons of the Theravada." Journal of the International Association of
Buddhist Studies. Vol. 22, No. 2: 281-309.

"Magic in the Monastery: Textual Practice and Monastic Identity in Sri
Lanka." History of Religions. Vol. 38, No. 4, 354-372.

Book Review. Old Wisdom in the New World. Paul Numrich.
Crossroads. Vol. 12.

1997 "Sutra Sannayas and Saranamkara: Changes In Eighteenth-
Century Buddhist Education." The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities.
Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2, 76-99.

1993 "Religion, Kinship and Buddhism: Ambedkar's Vision of a Moral
Community." Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies.
Vol. 16, No. 1, 1-23.

Forthcoming. Approaching the Dhamma: Essays on Buddhism in South and
Southeast Asia in Honor of Godwin Samararatne, ed. Anne M. Blackburn and
Jeffrey Samuels. BPS Pariyatti Editions.

"Notes on Sri Lankan Temple Manuscript Collections." Journal of the Pali
Text Society. Vol. 27.

"Localizing Lineage: Importing Higher Ordination in Theravadin South and
Southeast Asia." In Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the
Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia, ed. John Holt, Jonathan
Walters and Jacob Kinnard. State University of New York Press.

"Buddhism, Colonialism and Modernism: A View From Sri Lanka." Netra.
Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

"Serendipity and Sadness." In Excursions and Explorations: Cultural
Encounters Between the United States and Sri Lanka, ed. Tissa Jayatilleke.
Print Pack Limited (Colombo).


Buddhism ; colonialism ; modernity ; monasticism ; education ; textual practice ; Sinhala ; Pali ; .