Richard K. Payne

Richard K. Payne

Richard K. Payne finished his training and received ordination as a Shingon priest in 1982. He currently serves as the dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, which is affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union and with Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He is the author of Tantric Buddhism in East Asia (Wisdom Publications).

Recent Articles

In Defense of Ritual

Richard Payne takes a serious look at the role of ritual in Buddhist practice and the reasons why Westerners might feel resistant to it.

A momunment at Père Lachaise Cemetery reads "Aux Morts," or "to the dead," with stautes of people surrounded by flowers.

Learning From the Dead

Carolyn Campbell shares how studying the famous Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France sparked an awareness of death that helped her wake up to life.

Vajrayana / Tibetan Buddhism Shingon Richard Payne Buddhadharma

Burning with the Fire of Shingon

Richard Payne's account of his experience with the Shingon tradition.