Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. (born 1952) is currently the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
Lopez was born in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Donald Lopez. He was educated at the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. (Hons) in religious studies in 1974, an M.A. in Buddhist Studies in 1977, and his doctorate in Buddhist studies in 1982. He is married to another prominent Religious Studies scholar, Tomoko Masuzawa.
Lopez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written and edited many books on various aspects of the religions of Asia. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism and commands classical and colloquial Tibetan. In 2008 he gave a four talks on The Scientific Buddha: Past, Present, Future as part of a Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale University.
- Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, The University of Chicago Press, 2008.
- The Madman’s Middle Way, The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
- Buddhism: An Introduction and Guide, Penguin UK, 2001; published in US as The Story of Buddhism, Harper: SanFrancisco, 2001; Italian edition, 2002; Czech edition, 2003.
- Italian translation, Che cos'è il Buddhismo, Rome, Ubaldini Editore, 2002.
- Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West, The University of Chicago Press, 1998. (Won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, 1999).
- Italian translation, Prigionieri di Shangri-La, Rome, Ubaldini Editore, 1999.
- French translation, Fascination tibétaine : du bouddhisme, de l'Occident et de quelques mythes, Paris, Éditions Autrement, 2003.
- Elaborations on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra, Princeton University Press, 1996; reprint edition, Munshiram Manoharlal, 1998.
- The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries, SUNY Press, 1988.
- A Study of Svatantrika, Snow Lion Press, 1987.