Dr James Apple, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary

University of Calgary Department of Classics and Religion

James B. Apple, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research focuses upon the critical analysis of Mahāyāna sūtras and topics within Indian and Tibetan Buddhist scholasticism.

Professor Apple has published four books, along with numerous book chapters, journal articles, encyclopedia entrees, and translations of Buddhist scriptures. His books include Stairway to Nirvāṇa (State University of New York Press, 2008), A Stairway taken by the Lucid: Tsong kha pa’s Study of Noble Beings, Jewels of the Middle Way, The Madhyamaka Legacy of Atiśa and His Early Tibetan Followers (Wisdom Publications, 2018), and Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Illuminator of the Awakened Mind (Shambala, 2019).

Further information about his books can be found on the following web pages:

James B. Apple


Professor Apples has published over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles in international academic journals such as Journal of Indian Philosophy, the Indo-Iranian Journal, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies, The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, Religion Compass, Religious Studies and Theology, and the Annual Report of The International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology.
The following web pages contain information about his publications:

He has accepted research fellow invitations at the prestigious International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan (May-July 2010; April-May 2015), as well as at the renowned Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (May-July 2012). Professor Apple is well renowned in giving invited lectures and has given seven invited lectures at universities in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. He has also given a presentation at Harvard University at the Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum (HBSF) in October 2017:

Most recently, he has given a presentation on his book Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Illuminator of the Awakened Mind for a Tibetan Buddhist studies group in San Francisco, California, USA. The talk may be viewed at the following address:

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