Stanford Experts

Paul Harrison

Professor of Religious Studies


(650) 736-8688



Professor Harrison specializes in Buddhist literature and history, especially that of the Mahayana, and the study of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit, Chinese, and Tibetan. His current projects include editions and translations of a number of Mahāyāna and Mainstream Buddhist sūtras and śāstras, including the Vajracchedikā (Diamond Sutra) and the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa, as well as a general study of issues of authority, textual transmission and innovation in Mahayana Buddhism. He serves as co-director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford and  is the director of the Religious Studies graduate program.