Todd T. Lewis

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Associate Professor of World Religions


College of the Holy Cross


Mailing Address

Religions Department
College of the Holy Cross
Box 139-A, 425 Smith Hall
Worcester, MA 01610 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 508-793-3436
fax: 508-793-3840


Countries of Specialization

Nepal, India

Research Interests

Special research focus for over twenty years has been Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley, particularly the traditions found
among the Newars, the indigenous population of Nepal's most populous valley.

Teaching Interests

Todd Lewis has taught world religions at the College of the Holy Cross, primarily Hinduism and Buddhism, since 1990.



World Religions Today [co-authored with John Esposito and Darrell Fasching]. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ["Buddhism," "Hinduism," & "East Asian

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism.
Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

The Himalayas: A Syllabus of the RegionÕs History, Anthropology and Religion. [with
Theodore Riccardi, Jr.] Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies Monograph
Series, 1995.

The Tuladhars of Kathmandu: A Study of Buddhist Tradition in a Newar Merchant
Community. Columbia University: Ph.D. Dissertation, 1984.


"Representations of Buddhism in Undergraduate Teaching: The Centrality of Ritual and
Story Narratives," in Victor Hori, Richard P. Hayes, eds. Teaching Buddhism in
the West: From the Wheel to the Web. Surrey, U.K.: Curzon, 2002.

"Ancient India: Belief and Society" (12-21), "A New Community" (46-55), "The Human
Condition" (58-63), "The Four Noble Truths" (64-71), "The Path of the Buddha"
(72-79), "Tantra" (162-173) in Kevin Trainor, ed. Buddhism: An Illustrated
Guide. London: Duncan-Baird Publications and Oxford University Press, 2001.

"Growing Up Newar Buddhist: Chittadhar Hridaya's Jhi Maca and Its Context," in Al
Pach and Debra Skinner eds. Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience,
and History in Nepal. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 1998, 301-318.

"The Anthropological Study of Buddhist Communities: Historical Precedents and
Ethnographic Paradigms," in Steven Glazier ed. Shamanism, Altered States,
Healing: Essays in the Anthropology of Religion. Westport: Greenwood Press,
1997, 319-367.

"Buddhist Merchants in Kathmandu: The Asan Tol Market and Uray Social
Organization," in David Gellner and Declan Quigley eds. Contested Hierarchies:
A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu
Valley, Nepal. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, 38-79.

"The Power of Mantra: a Story of the Five Protectors," Chapter 11 of Donald S. Lopez
ed. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995,

"The Story of the Horn-Blowing" and "The Tale of Simhala the Caravan Leader," for
Donald S. Lopez, ed. Buddhism in Practice. Princeton University Press, 1995,
151-169 and 328-335.

"The Use of Visual Media in the Study of Religious Belief and Practice" [with Christine
Greenway] in Steven Glazier ed. Anthropology and Religion: Theoretical,
Methodological, and Confessional Essays. Stephen D. Glazier and Charles A.
Flowerday, editors. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Forthcoming in 2002.

"Buddhism: The Politics Of Compassionate Rule" in Jacob Neusner, ed. God's Rule: The
Politics of World Religions. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press,
Forthcoming in 2002.


"Sukhavati Traditions in Newar Buddhism," South Asia Research 16 (1), 1996, 1-30.

"Patterns of Religious Belief in a Buddhist Merchant Community, Nepal," Asian
Folklore Studies 55 (2), 1996, 237-270.

"Notes on the Uray and the Modernization of Newar Buddhism," Contributions to
Nepalese Studies 23 (1), 1996, 109-117.

"A Chronology of Newar-Tibetan Relations in the Kathmandu Valley," in Siegfried
Lienhard ed. Change and Continuity: Studies in the Nepalese Culture of the
Kathmandu Valley. (Torino: Edizioni Dell'orso, 1996), 149-166.

"Nepala Mahayana Bauddha Dharmaya Punarutthana Nimti Chamha Shiksharthirya
Bicar," (In Newari: "On the Revival of Newar Mahayana Buddhism: One
Scholar's Reflections"), Nhasala 25, 1995, 57-76.

"The Nepal Jana Jivan Kriya Paddhati, a Modern Newar Guide for Vajrayana Life-
Cycle Rites," Indo-Iranian Journal 37, 1994, 1-46.

"Contributions to the History of Buddhist Ritualism: A Mahayana Avadana on Stupa
Veneration from the Kathmandu Valley," Journal of Asian History 28 (1), 1994, 1-38.

"The Himalayan Frontier in Comparative Perspective: Considerations Regarding
Buddhism and Hinduism in Diaspora," Himalayan Research Bulletin XIV, 1994 (1-
2), 25-46.

"Newar Buddhist Samyak Festival: a Photo Essay," Religious Studies News, May 1994.

"Newar-Tibetan Trade and the Domestication of the Simhalasarthabahu Avadana,"
History of Religions 33 (2), 1993, 135-160.

"Contributions to the Study of Popular Buddhism: The Newar Buddhist Festival of Gumla
Dharma," Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 16, 1993, 7-52.

"Himalayan Frontier Trade: Newar Diaspora Merchants and Buddhism," in Martin Brauen
ed. Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas (Zurich: Volkerkundemuseum,
1993), 165-178.

"Newars and Tibetans in the Kathmandu Valley: Ethnic Boundaries and Religious
History" Journal of Asian and African Studies 38, 1989, 31-57.

"Mahayana Vratas in Newar Buddhism," The Journal of the International Association
of Buddhist Studies 12 (1), 1989, 109-138.

"Childhood and Newar Tradition: Chittadhar Hridaya's Jhi Maca," Asian Folklore
Studies XLVIII (2), 1989, 195-210.

"Newars and Tibetans in the Kathmandu Valley: Three New Translations from Tibetan
Sources," [with Lozang Jamspal], Journal of Asian and African Studies 36, 1988,

"Contributions to the History of Nepal: Eastern Newar Diaspora Settlements," [with
D.R. Shakya], Contributions to Nepalese Studies 15 (1), 1988, 25-65.

"Sarvajanik Svasthya, Tvah.bahah va Bauddha Niti" (In Newari: "Public Health,
Community, Buddhist Ethics,") Nhasala, 1987, 15-19.

"Nepal" Amnesty International Voice 5 (1), 1986, 15-16.

"The Anthropology of Development in Nepal," Contributions to Nepalese Studies 13 (2),
1986, 167-180. [Excerpted in Himal, 1987]

"Hyu Pah.ya Jah./ Nevah. Samskritiya Sah" (In Newari: "Finding the Past in Newar
Tradition") Nhasala, 1981, 30-33.

"Nevah. Bauddha va Hindu Saha Astitvay Chapulu" (In Newari: "On Hindu-Buddhist
Relations"), Nhasala, 1980, 74-76.


Educational Productions:
"Celestial Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara: Karunamaya in Newar Buddhism," (1996: 10 minutes)
"Buddhist Rituals and Burmese Stupas" (1995: 12 minutes)
"Daruma-san: Annual Rituals of Amulet Renewal" (1994: 14 minutes)
"Images from a Daruma-san Exhibition" (1994: 10 minutes)

Research Productions:
"The Samyaka Festival of 1980" (1992: 32 minutes)
"The Samyaka Festival of 1993" (1994: 34 minutes)


Buddhism ; Kathmandu ; Newars ; religion ; Himalayas ; ritual ; politics.