Aaron P. Proffitt プロフィット・アーロン, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies


Aaron Proffitt
  • Office: Humanities 241
  • Telephone: 518-442-4122
  • E-mail: aproffitt@albany.edu
  • Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:30 and by appointment

Professor Proffitt joined the East Asian Studies Department in 2015. He teaches various courses on East Asian religions, Buddhism, the academic study of religion, and is the faculty advisor for the UAlbany Buddhist Student Group. His research focuses on 12th-13th century Japanese Buddhism in the context of broader East Asian and Mahayana theories of ritual speech (mantra, spells, etc.), the afterlife, and debates about the relationship between Buddhist practice and the attainment of enlightenment. His monograph, Esoteric Pure Land Buddhism in Early Medieval Japan: A Translation and Analysis of Dōhan’s Himitsu nenbutsu shō, is under contract with the Pure Land Buddhist Studies Series through the University of Hawaii Press. This work examines Esoteric Pure Land Buddhist thought and practice in China and Japan through the lens of the Koyasan scholar-monk Dōhan (1179-1252), and will contain the first fully annotated English language translation of all three fascicles of the Himitsu nenbutsu shō..

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Last updated January 22, 2018