David Mellins is scholar of Buddhism, Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit Poetics. He received his PhD in Sanskrit from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he studied Buddhist philosophy and textual hermeneutics with Robert Thurman. He has has taught at Columbia, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Yale Universities and served as an initial co-director of the Buddhist Translator’s Workbench, a Berkeley-based digital resource providing contextualizing lexical tools for Buddhist translators working across multiple source languages. He currently works as a translator of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scriptures for 84000 where he specializes in Dhāranī and Sutra literature. He has lectured at conferences and seminars
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