Holly Gayley
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies

I am a scholar and translator of contemporary Buddhist literature in Tibet. My research areas include gender and sexuality in Buddhist tantra, ethical reform in contemporary Tibet, and theorizing translation, both literary and cultural, in the transmission of Buddhist teachings to North America. I am the author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (2016); co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rime Masters of Tibet (2017), and translator of Inseparable Across Lifetimes: The Lives and Love Letters of Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo (2019)In addition, I am the co-chair of a five-year seminar on "Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America" at the American Academy of Religion, co-founder and director of the Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder, part of the founding team for the Contemplative Resource Center on campus, and organizer and steering committee member for several Tibetan translation conference. For more than a decade, I have regularly led meditation workshops and retreats.