Bharati Puri | Humanities & Social Sciences

Bharati Puri

Bharati Puri
Associate Professor

Contact Information

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas,New Delhi-110016
Tel:+91-11-2659 6532 (O)

Research Areas

Philosophy of Culture and History, Moral and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Thought and Intellectual History, Deep Ecology, Buddhism/and Politics, Exile and Travel, Religion/and Politics, Religion in East Asia, Peace Studies, Tibet/ Tibetan Literature and Politics, Ethnicities and Margins, Culture Religion and Politics in Ladakh, Children and Literature.

Academic Background

PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, 2002.

Employment History

Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, July 2006~January 13.

Visiting Research Fellow, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006.

Guest Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, July 2005~ December 2005.

Research Associate (Ford Foundation Grant), Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, 2005.

Editor (Academic), Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh, Ladakh.
Conducted extensive research and field work on Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh borderlands, Jammu & Kashmir in the Changthang region, 2004.

Post Doctoral Fellow (Infinity Foundation Grant), Indic Studies Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, 2003.

Visiting Faculty, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, Maharashtra, 2002.

Researcher, University Grants Commission, project: Polyandry in District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, 1993~ 1994.


Select Publications


Engaged Buddhism: The Dalai Lama's Worldview, Oxford University Press, 2006, (Reprinted in 2009).


“Transmission of an idea called Tibet,” (submitted as working paper forthcoming as article).

“Traveler on the Silk Road: Rites and Routes of Passage in Rahul Sankrityayan’s Himalayan Wanderlust,” China Report (Sage: Social Science Citation Index), Vol. 47, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2011, pp. 37-58.

"Interpreting Gandhi on Non Violence", Journal of Peace Studies, vol. 16, no. 1-2, January-June 2009, pp. 33- 44.

“Discourse and Method of the ‘Earlier’ Dalai Lama and the ‘Later’ Dalai Lama”, China Report, vol.44, no. 2, 2008, pp. 175- 184.

“Deconstructing The Dalai Lama On Tibet,” The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), August 24-30, 2002, vol. XXXVII, No. 34, pp. 3500- 3503


“Deep Ecology and Buddhism: Imperatives for the Himalayan Region’ in Chetan Singh, Recognizing Diversity: Society and Culture in the Himalaya, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 193- 201.

“Universal Responsibility in The Dalai Lama’s Worldview”, in Understanding The Dalai Lama, edited by Rajiv Mehrotra, Delhi: Viking, 2006; (Delhi: Penguin, 2004), pp. 105- 17.


“Buddhist Interpretation of Rights and Responsibility’ in Freedom, Human Rights and Democratic Transition of Exile Tibetan (seminar proceedings), Taipei: Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission, 2004, pp. 217- 33.

“The Dalai Lama’s Formulation of Engaged Buddhism: Implications for Tibet and the International Community” in 21st Century Tibet Issue: Symposium on Contemporary Tibetan Studies (seminar proceedings), Taipei: Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission, 2003, pp. 581- 619.


“A Prolegomena to Contemporary Tibetan Writings”, Bi-monthly Journal on Mongolian and Tibetan Situation, vol.16, no.2, 2007, pp. 21- 46.
Chinese translation:

“Deconstructing Engaged Buddhist Ethic” Indic Studies Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), 2004.


“International Symposium on Exile Tibetan Issues: Freedom, Human Rights and Democratic Transition of Exile Tibetan,” China Report, vol.41, no.2, April-June 2005, pp.189- 192.


Douglas Osto, Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism, London and New York: Routledge, (2008) 2011, forthcoming.

“Prisoner’s of Shangri-La: Buddhism and the West”, Donald S. Lopez Jr., in China Report, vol.41, no. 3, pp. 343- 345, 2005.

Introduction to Religious Philosophy by Y. Masih, 2006 in The Weekend Observer, New Delhi, April 1996.

“Competing Nationalisms in South Asia: Essays for Asghar Ali Engineer,” edited by Paul R. Brass and Achin Vanaik (New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2000) in Seminar, October 2002.

“The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras” translated by R.C. Jamieson (London: Francis Lincoln, 2000) in The Book Review, New Delhi, vol. xxv, no. 8, August 2001.

Teaching Areas

Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Intellectual History, Philosophy of History, Buddhism/and Politics, Deep Ecology/ Environmental Ethics, Critical Thinking, Concept of Exile, Peace Studies.