Chair & Associate Professor of Religious Studies


PhD, University of the West, 2011
MA, University of the West, 2006
Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University (Kirtipur, Nepal), 2004
B.SC., Tri Chandra Campus, Gantaghar (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2003
Certificate Level in Chinese Language, Bishwo Bhasha Campus (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2002

Research Interests

Dr. Miroj Shakya is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at University of the West, Rosemead, California, USA. His research interests include Sanskrit language, Literature, Pali language, Buddhist canon, Indian Mahayana Buddhism, Newar Buddhism, and Hinduism. He is currently serving as Project Coordinator of Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project (www.dsbcproject.org) and Rare Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscript Preservation Project at the University of the West. He was Convener of the Sanskrit Language Working Group, Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts sponsored by the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), Bangkok, Thailand. He was editor of “Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscript Vol. 1 (2010) and Vol.2 (2019)” and co-editor of a book titled “Sacred Art of Nepal” (2013). He was awarded the Straniak Foundation Grant through the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, the University of California for Spring semester 2008. He spent a semester as a Visiting scholar at ECAI, International Area Studies, The University of California, Berkeley in 2008. He is currently serving as Director of Nagarjuna Institute of Buddhist Studies, Lalitpur, Nepal. He has been serving as a founder member of the Maitri Project, Los Angeles which provides funds for health care, housing, food, and financial support for nuns and monks of Nepal (themaitriproject.com).

Selected Publications

“Nepali Artist Arniko’s Artistic Legacy and its Influence on the Buddhist Art in China” in South Asian Studies: Building Cultures. A Felicitation Volume to Celebrate the Life and Work of Navin Doshi,SASA, USA, 2020.

“The Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon: Problems and Possibilities,” Buddhism and Digital Humanities, De Gruyter press, Germany, 2019.

“Impact of Digital Technology on Buddhist Education.” In Buddhism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution edited by Most Ven. Dr. Thich Nhat Tu & Most Ven. Thich Duc Thien, 207-217. Vietnam: Hong Duc Publishing House, 2019

Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts, Vol 2, Rosemead CA, University of the West, 2019.

“Bodhisattva Mañjusrī in the Nine Mahāyāna Vaipulya Sūtras” p. 63-74. Itihas Pravah, Annual Journal of Nepalese Studies, Vol. 6. Number 1, 2015.

“Digital Preservation of Sanskrit Buddhist Texts” p 143-152. Buddhist Culture and Technology: New Strategies for Study, Vietnam Buddhist University Series 26, May 2014.

Co-editor, Sacred Art of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal: Handicraft Association of Nepal, 2013. (Revised edition)

Editor, Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts: Vol 1, Rosemead, CA: University of the West, 2010.

Essay on “Bodhicitta” Paleswan Journal Vol. 19, Lalitpur: Nepal Lotus Research Center, 2002.

UWest Courses

PALI 500A, 500B, 501A, 501B First and Second Year Pali
SNSK 500A, 500B, 501A, 501B First and Second Year Sanskrit
REL 520 Religions of India
REL 645 Seminar: Regional Buddhist Traditions: Indian Mahayana Buddhism
REL 645 Seminar: Regional Buddhist Traditions: South Asian Buddhism