Steven D. Goodman

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Steven D. Goodman (1945-2020) was a noted author, professor, and translator of Tibetan Buddhist works.

"He received his Ph.D. in Far Eastern Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, under the pioneering Buddhist scholar Herbert V. Guenther. He lectured and taught Buddhist philosophy and comparative religion at the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Barbara, Rice University, the Graduate Theological Union, Nyingma Institute, and Naropa Institute, and was the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University Center for Cultural Studies. He was a founding board member and president of the Buddhist Film Foundation."[1]

He also taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco for twenty years, and at the time of his death was Research and Program Director of Asian and Comparative Studies there. His book, The Buddhist Psychology of Awakening, was published in July of 2020.[1]

He was also an advisor for the Khyentse Foundation, where he was a member of the Working Committee for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, a project dedicated to translating the entire Tibetan Buddhist Canon into the English language.[2]

Selected publications


  • The Buddhist Psychology of Awakening: An In-Depth Guide to Abhidharma (Shambhala Publications, 2020)
  • Tibetan Literary Arts (Shang Shung Institute/Smith College, 2007; Marit Cranmer, curator), contributer
  • “Transforming the Causes of Suffering” in Mindfulness in Meaningful Work (Parallax Press, 1994)
  • Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation (SUNY Press, 1992), co-editor and contributor




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