Katarina Turpeinen

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2017-2019 Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies

Katarina Turpeinen was a Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies. She specializes in Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism, particularly the Tibetan Great Perfection tradition. Her dissertation analyzes and contextualizes an influential 14th-century anthology, The Unimpeded Realization of Samantabhadra, revealed by Rindzin Gödem. During a four and half year period of doctoral research in India and Nepal, Katarina translated the anthology and studied the context of the Great Perfection while living in Tibetan monasteries. Katarina received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and has taught there as an Adjunct Professor and at Vanderbilt University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her other interests include Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, narratives and ritual.