Yaroslav KomarovskiAssociate Professor

Department of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
240 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0337
(402) 472-2420

Yaroslav Komarovski (Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2007) teaches and conducts research on Asian religions, in particular Tibetan Buddhism. His research focuses on Madhyamaka and Yogācāra interpretations of the nature of reality and related epistemological, philosophical, and contemplative issues. In particular, he focuses on writings of a seminal Tibetan Buddhist thinker Shakya Chokden (1428–1507) who articulated a startlingly new reconsideration of the core areas of Buddhist thought and practice, such as epistemology, ethics, tantric rituals, and the relationship between philosophy and contemplation. Prior to his doctoral training at the University of Virginia, Komarovski studied Buddhism in several Tibetan monastic institutions of higher learning in India and Nepal for nine years, and for more than fifteen years worked as a translator and interpreter from Tibetan. Among his publications are the manuscript Visions of Unity: The Golden Paṇḍita Shakya Chokden’s New Interpretation of Yogācāra and Madhyamaka (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2011); as well as “From the Three Natures to the Two Natures: On a Fluid Approach to the Two Versions of Other- Emptiness from 15th Century Tibet,” Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, forthcoming in 2014; “Buddhist Contributions to the Question of (Un)mediated Mystical Experience,” Sophia, vol. 51, no. 1 (2012): 87-115; and “Reburying the Treasure—Maintaining the Continuity: Two Texts by Śākya Mchog Ldan on the Buddha-Essence,” Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol. 34, no. 6 (2006): 521-570.