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Dr Douglas Osto BA, MTS, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

School of Humanities



  • BA Religious Studies (Honours) - Grinnell College (1991)
  • MTS World Religions - Harvard University (1995)
  • MA Asian Languages and Literature - University of Washington (1999)
  • PhD The Study of Religions - University of London (SOAS) (2004)
  • updated (2004)

Prizes and Awards

  • In 2016, I was awarded a Massey University Research Award (MURF) for my project to write my next book. This is a competitive award and demonstrates the University's validation of my research. I used this award for ‘buy-out’ of some of my teaching and grading responsibilities for the second semester and summer semester 2017. I am using this extra time to complete the first draft of my forthcoming book, "High Tantra: The Contemporary Revival of Nondual Kashmir Saivism." I have contact Columbia University Press about this project and they are looking forward to reviewing the manuscript early 2018. - Massey University (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Mahayana Buddhism, Asian Religions, Indian Philosophies, Contemporary Buddhist Practice


Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Consultancy and Languages


  • Pali
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Classical Tibetan
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Sanskrit
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Excellent

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