Dan Lusthaus

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Dan Lusthaus

Dan Lusthaus is a Buddhist studies scholar specializing in the Yogācāra tradition. He is the author of several books and articles on Yogācāra, including the influential Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philiosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shi Lun. He also collaborated with Heng-ching Shih in the translation of Kuiji's (K'uei-chi) commentary on the Heart Sutra with the Numata translation project.

He attained his Ph.D. from Temple University's Department of Religion, and he has taught at many universities, including: UCLA, Florida State University, the University of Missouri, Boston University and Harvard University (Department of Southeast Asian Studies).[1][2]

Lusthaus is a contributor for the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (DDB), in the area of Indian/East Asian Yogācāra/Tathāgatagarbha. He contributed the contents of his catalogue of the major Yogācāra translations of Xuanzang to the DDB, as well as a number of other terms related to the Cheng Weishi Lun and Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra.

Selected publications

  • Lusthaus, Dan (1985). "Reflections on the Mirror Metaphor in Hui-neng, Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu". Journal of Chinese Philosophy. 12 (June 1985): 169–178. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6253.1985.tb00005.x. 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (1990). "Retracing the Human-Nature vs. World-Nature Dichotomy in Lao Tzu". Journal of Chinese Philosophy. 17 (June 1990): 187–214. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6253.1990.tb00408.x. 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (1995). Ian P. McGreal, ed., ed. "Lao Tzu" Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. Harper Collins. 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (1999). "A Retrospective of Yogācāra Scholarship in the Twentieth Century" Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Chinese Philosophy, Taipei, Taiwan. 
  • translated from the Chinese of K'uei-chi (Taishō volume 33, number 1710) by Heng-ching Shih ; in collaboration with Dan Lusthaus. (2002). A Comprehensive Commentary on the Heart Sutra (Prajñāpāramitā-hŗdaya-sūtra) by K'uei-chi, translated by Heng-Ching Shih in Collaboration with Dan Lusthaus. Berkeley: Numata, v. 66-I in Tripiţaka Series. Berkeley, Calif.: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research. ISBN 1-886439-11-7. 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (2002). Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun. Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism Series. London: Routledge. xii + 611 pages, Appendices, bibliography, index. ISBN 0-7007-1186-4. 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (2003). Scott Cook, ed., ed. "Aporetic Ethics in the Zhuangzi" Hiding the World in the World: Uneven Discourses on the Zhuangzi. SUNY (State University of New York). 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (2003). "The Heart Sutra in Chinese Yogācāra: Some Comparative Comments on the Heart Sutra Commentaries of Wŏnch'ŭk and K'uei-chi". International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture. 3 (Sept. 2003). 
  • Lusthaus, Dan (2006). Donald Borchert, ed., ed. Yogācāra. Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2nd ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. 
  • What is and isn't Yogacara (2018)



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Selected videos:

  • BAUS Woo Ju Library Dharma Talk: "Karma in Yogacara" by Professor Dan Lusthaus 2012.6.10, (2_1)
    Description: Prof. Dan Lusthaus, Harvard professor, specializes in Yogacara Buddhism. He is the author of the influential book "Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philiosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shi Lun". Yogacara, a key component of Mahayana, emphasizes analysis and development of mind and consciousness. This clip is the recording of him introducing this significant school and a few concepts of Karma to American Buddhists.
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