Matilda Perks

Matilda Perks

Ph.D. student, Religious Studies, McGill University

My area of research is Buddhism in the modern era. I focus on how Buddhist doctrines, practices, texts, and communities have dialogued with modernity and negotiated new challenges like increased globalization. I research how Buddhists translated, adapted, upheld, reinforced, reformulated, and interpreted their religious identities and traditions in this era.

Supervisor : Dr. Lara Braitstein

Keywords: History of Religions; Asian Religions in North America; Buddhism in the Modern Era; Tibetan Literature; Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy (Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna); Buddhist Ethics. 

Publications

PERKS, M. “Crying from an Alien Island: Tibetan Literary Themes in the English Poems of Chögyam Trungpa”. In Resistant Hybridities: New Narratives of Exiled Tibet. Edited by Shelly Bhoil. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (submitted). 

PERKS, M. The Skylark’s Song: Tibetan Literary and Religious Themes in Chögyam Trungpa’s English Poetry. Master’s Thesis, McGill University, 2019.  

Invited Presentations

2018  “A Song by Chögyam Trungpa,” Workshop Presentation at the Lotsawa Workshop, Boulder, Colorado. Hosted by the Tsadra Foundation and University of Colorado.

2017  “Vajra Master: the role of the guru in Tibetan Buddhism” lecture at McGill University as part of Tibetan Buddhism course in the School of Religious Studies, Winter 2017, February 14.

2017  “Modern Buddhism: Tibetan Buddhism meets 1970’s American counter-culture” lecture at McGill University as part of Tibetan Buddhism course in the School of Religious Studies, Summer 2017, June 5.