Anthony Tribe
Tribe, Anthony
Senior Fellow

Dr. Anthony Tribe is an independent scholar and fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University (1995), and has taught at Oxford and in the Asian Studies Program at the University of Montana, Missoula. His primary research area is Indian tantric Buddhism, with a particular focus on its development from the eighth to tenth centuries. Other research interests include eleventh to thirteenth century Western Himalayan Buddhist art, the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī in Mahāyāna Buddhist cultures, and Buddhist influence on Hindu Pātañjala-yoga and Haṭha-yoga traditions. At present he is engaged in two principal projects. The first is an ongoing and longterm project to complete a critical edition, and annotated translation of Vilāsavajra’s monumental Nāmasaṃgīticommentary, the Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī, composed in the late eight to early nineth century. This is a yogatantra commentary, and the earliest known Buddhist tantric commentary to survive in Sanskrit. The second project, building on previous work, is a book-length cross-cultural examination of the role and significance of the figure of Mañjuśrī. Publications include:

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India: Vilāsavajra’s Commentary on the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti. A Critical Edition and Annotated Rranslation of Chapters 1–5 with Introductions(Routledge 2016)

“Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti” Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Volume One: Literature and Languages (Brill 2015)

“Buddhism in India” Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism (Oxford 2013)

“Mantanaya/Vajrayāna – Tantric Buddhism in India.” In P. Williams, with A. Tribe and A. Wynne, Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition(Routledge 2012)

Forthcoming.  “Mañjuśrī as Ādibuddha: The Identity of an eight-armed form of Mañjuśrī found in Early Western Himalayan Buddhist Art in the light of three Nāmasaṃgīti related texts.” In  Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions: Essays in Honour of Alexis G. J. S. Sanderson, ed. D. Goodall, S. Hatley & H. Isaacson. (Brill 2020)