Assistant Professor Contact Areas of Interest
Amanda Goodman
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 334
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
  • Buddhist studies
  • Chinese religions
  • East Asian esoteric Buddhism
  • Dunhuang studies
  • Silk Road studies
  • Ritual and ritual theory
  • Material and visual culture


Amanda Goodman (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2013) is cross-appointed in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the formative Tang-Song transition period of Chinese Buddhism, and specifically the Chinese esoteric or tantric Buddhist traditions of the eighth through tenth centuries. Grounded in the textual and material finds from the Dunhuang Buddhist cave site, her work engages with broader conceptual issues in the study of the dissemination and appropriation or alteration of Buddhism across the Sinitic world in the pre-modern period. She is also interested in the cross-cultural transmission of Buddhism along the old Silk Road, and regularly teaches on the topic of Central Asian Buddhism. She is currently preparing a book-length study centered on an indigenous Chinese Buddhist ritual compilation, the Vajra Peak Scripture, that reflects on regional and trans-regional esoteric Buddhist ritual trends during China’s middle-period.


  • Buddhist Tantra
  • Chinese Religions
  • Central Asian Buddhism
  • Religions of the Silk Road
  • Buddhist Material Culture



“The Cult of Vajragarbha Bodhisattva in Tenth-Century Dunhuang.” Forthcoming.
“The Chinese Sarvadurgatipariśodhana tantra.” Forthcoming.
“Jin’gangding jing Cycle Texts at Dunhuang.” Forthcoming.
“Medieval Manuscripts and Modern Canons: Ōmura Seigai and the Publication of the Secret Kuṇḍali Ritual Method.” Forthcoming.
“Regulating Enlightenment: A Reappraisal of the Platform Sūtra ‘Mind Verses’ in Light of Tang Dynasty Tonal Prosody.” Forthcoming.