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Claudio Cicuzza, PhD (University of Rome, “La Sapienza”).

Faculty, Global Citizenship Program, Indology, Buddhist Studies, and Philosophy.

claudiocicuzza55@webster.edu

Education:

- MA in Indology – University of Rome, “La Sapienza”.
- PhD in Indology and Buddhist Studies – University of Rome “La Sapienza” and ICABS, Tokyo.
- Post Doc – University of Naples, “L’Orientale”.
- Associate Professor Qualification (M.I.U.R. – Italian Ministry of University and Research).

Biography and Research Interests:

Claudio Cicuzza studied at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, where he received his MA and PhD in Indology. He has taught courses on Buddhist philosophy and philology at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza” and in Mahidol University. In the last two years and a half he also served as Director of the Lumbini International Research Institute (Lumbini, Nepal). His current research focuses on the Pali literature of Central Siam and Pāla period scholasticism of Northern India.

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • PhD Level Instructor: Textual Criticism, Pali Language, Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Buddhist Hermeneutics.
  • Graduate Level Instructor: Religions and Philosophies of India, Indology, Pali Language.
  • Undergraduate Level Instructor: History of Buddhism, Introduction to Buddhism, Buddhism and Human Rights, Introduction to Philosophy: Hindu and Buddhist philosophical schools, World Religions, Roots of Religion, Thai Ways, Religion and the Arts, Existence and Meaning, Sacred Texts, Environments and Religions, Religions and Human Rights, Thinking through religions.

Selected Publications (B = Book / A = Article):

2018

(B) (as General Editor of the Series) Olivier de Bernon, Kun Sopheap, Leng Kok An, Inventaire provisoire des manuscrits du Cambodge. Deuxième partie. Les bibliothèques institutionnelles de Phnom Penh, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 15, École française d'Extrême-Orient and Fragile Palm Leaves, Paris and Bangkok. Pp. i-670, ISBN: 978-2-85539-255 4.

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.) “Katā me rakkhā, katāme parittā”. Proceedings of the Second International Pali Studies Week. Paris 2016, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 14, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-285.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The Wat Pho manuscript of the Uṇhissavijaya: edition of the Pali text”, in Claudio Cicuzza (ed.) “Katā me rakkhā, katāme parittā”. Proceedings of the Second International Pali Studies Week. Paris 2016, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 14, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. 143–156.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Introduction”, in Claudio Cicuzza (ed.) “Katā me rakkhā, katāme parittā”. Proceedings of the Second International Pali Studies Week. Paris 2016, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 14, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. xiii–xxi.

2017

(B) (as General Editor of the Series) Santi Pakdeekham, Tāṃrā Traipiṭaka. A Handbook of the Tripiṭaka, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 13, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-186, ISBN: 978-888-00110-6-4.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Thai Manuscripts in Italian Libraries. Three Manuscripts from G.E. Gerini’s Collection kept at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’”. In Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Shoemberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (2/1): 106–124.

(B) (as General Editor of the Series) Daniel M. Stuart, The Stream of Deathless Nectar. The Short Recension of the Amatarasadhārā of the Elder Upatissa. A Commentary of the Chronicle of the Future Buddha Metteyya with a Historical Introduction, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 12, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-271, ISBN: 978-888-00109-1-1.

2015

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The Bodhisattva Vajrapāṇi’s Laghutantraṭīkā and the rotation of yoginīs. Structure of the maṇḍala and dynamic motion” in David Templeman and Andrea Di Castro, Asian Horizons: Tucci, Himalayan, Indian, Buddhist and Central Asian Studies, Melbourne, pp. 216–234.

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.), A Descriptive Catalogue of Burmese Manuscripts in the Fragile Palm Leaves Collection. Volume 3, by Peter Nyunt, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 11, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-881, ISBN: 978-888-00096-3-4.

2014

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.), A Descriptive Catalogue of Burmese Manuscripts in the Fragile Palm Leaves Collection. Volume 1, by Peter Nyunt, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 9, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-655, ISBN: 978-888-000-743-2.

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.), A Descriptive Catalogue of Burmese Manuscripts in the Fragile Palm Leaves Collection. Volume 2, by Peter Nyunt, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 10, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini. Pp. i-1045, ISBN: 978-888-000-744-9.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, Review on Naomi Appleton, Sara Shaw and Toshiya Unebe, “Illuminating the Life of the Buddha. An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth-Century Siam”, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2013. In Sambhasa: Nagoya Studies in Indian Culture and Buddhism 31 (2014): 76–82.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, Review of Tomomi Ito, “Modern Thai Buddhism and Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. A Social History”, Singapore: NUS Press, 2012. In Journal of Siam Society 102 (2014): 317–322. 

2012

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed. together with Peter Skilling, Jason A. Carbine, and Santi Pakdeekham), How Theravāda is Theravāda? Exploring Buddhist Identities, Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai. Pp. 640, ISBN: 9786162150449. (The book has been chosen as one of the seven best books on Buddhist studies for 2012 by well-known Buddhist magazine Buddhadharma [http://www.thebuddhadharma.com/web-archive/2012/12/19/the-best-buddhist-books-of-2012-selections-from-the-review-e.html].)

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The Benefit of Ordination according to the Paramatthamaṅgala” in Peter Skilling, Jason A. Carbine, Claudio Cicuzza, and Santi Pakdeekham (eds.), How Theravāda is Theravāda? Exploring Buddhist Identities, Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, pp. 355–369.

2011

(B) Claudio Cicuzza, A Mirror Reflecting the Entire World. The Pāli Buddhapādamaṅgala or “Auspicious signs on the Buddha’s feet”. Critical edition with English Translation, Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 6, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini.

2010

(A) Claudio Cicuzza (with Peter Skilling), “The number of stanzas in the Vessantara-jātaka. Some preliminary observations”, in Silvio Vita and Giacomella Orofino (eds) Buddhist Asia 2. Papers from the Second Conference of Buddhist Studies Held in Naples in June 2004. Kyoto (Italian School of East Asian Studies), pp. 35–45.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Luang Pu Thuat: culto e adorazione di un santo buddhista thailandese”, in Alberto Pelissero et all. (eds), Tīrthayātrā. Essays in Honour of Stefanio Piano. Alessandria: Department of Oriental Studies, University of Turin, Italy, pp. 85–100.

2009

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.), Peter Skilling. Buddhism and Buddhist Literature of Siam. Selected Papers. Materials for the Study of the Tripiṭaka, vol. 5, Fragile Palm Leaves and Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok and Lumbini.

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (ed.), Thai International Journal for Buddhist Studies, published by the International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies of Mahidol University, Bangkok (December).

2008

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Human Rights from a Buddhist perspective”, in International Human Rights Faculty Essays, College of Arts and Science – Webster University, St Louis. Published in the University Web Site: http://www.webster.edu/depts/artsci/ihr/essays.htm

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The Buddha, Letters and Time”, in Franco Maria Ricci 28: 109–128.

2006

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Peculiarità dell’idea di ‘sacro monte’ e di ‘pellegrinaggio’ nel Buddhismo dell’India e del Sudest asiatico”, in A. Barbero e S. Piano (ed.), Religioni e Sacri monti, Ponzano Monferrato, pp. 214–246.

2005

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, Review of Kamala Tiyavanich, The Buddha in the Jungle, Chiang Mai, 2003, inJournal of Siam Society 93 (2005): 296–299.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The study of Pāli and Theravāda Buddhism in Italy”, in Luciano G. Gerini, Kanokwan Rittipairoj, Judith Arndt (ed.), G.E. Gerini and the Mosaic of Genius, Bangkok 2005, pp. 449–451.

2004

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (coeditor), La rivelazione del Buddha. Volume secondo. Il Grande veicolo, edited by Raniero Gnoli. Introduction to the translated texts by Claudio Cicuzza and Francesco Sferra with contributions of Mauro Maggi and Cristina Pecchia, I Meridiani. Classici dello Spirito, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano. [Claudio Cicuzza, translation from Sanskrit of Aṣṭādaśasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitā (selection from chapters 70-3), Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra (selection from chapters 3, 4 e 24), Samādhirājasūtra (chapters 1, 8, 19 e 22), Laṅkāvatārasūtra (selection from chapters 2 e 6), Daśabhūmikasūtra (chapter 8), Pratītyasamutpādahṛdayasūtra, Triṃśikā, Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra (short edition), Laghutantraṭīkā (chapters 17–8); (with Francesco Sferra e contributions of Mauro Maggi and Cristina Pecchia) Introduction to the translated texts; (with Francesco Sferra) Glossary, Bibliography].

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “The spiritual teacher in Theravāda Buddhism: inner motivations and foundations of mindfulness”, in Antonio Rigopoulos (ed.), Guru. The Spiritual Master in Eastern and Western traditions. Authority and charisma, Cafoscarina, Venezia, pp. 373–407.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Osservazioni sul concetto di natura nel Buddhismo antico. Causalità ed equanimità”, in G. Boccali – P.M. Rossi (eds.) Atti del Seminario “La natura nel Pensiero, nella Letteratura e nelle Arti dell’India” in occasione dell’Undicesimo Convegno Nazionale di Studi Sanscriti (Milano 23 novembre 2002), Torino: 1–19.

2002

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (coeditor with F. Sferra), I discorsi del Buddha, Oscar Classici Mondadori, Milano, pp. 277.

2001

(B) Claudio Cicuzza (coeditor), La rivelazione del Buddha. I testi antichi, edited by Raniero Gnoli. Translations and commentaries by C. Cicuzza, R. Gnoli e F. Sferra, I Meridiani. Classici dello Spirito, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano. [Claudio Cicuzza, translations from pāli of Dhammacakkapavattanasutta, Mahānidānasuttanta, Visuddhimagga (one chapter), Kaccānagottasutta, Assutavāsutta, Ānandasutta, Vipallāsutta, Mahāsāropamasutta, Brahmajālasutta, Rohitasutta, Mahāsatipatthānasutta, Kassakasutta, Upayasutta, Mahācundasutta, Ādittasutta, Sallasutta, Sedakasutta, Aṅgulimālasutta, Samacittavagga, Itivuttaka, Suttanipāta (1-2), Mahāparinibbānasuttanta; translation from Sanskrit of a text from Adhikaraṇavastu. With Francesco Sferra, Introduzione. I testi antichi, Glossario].

(B) Claudio Cicuzza, The Laghutantraṭīkā of Vajrapāṇi. A Critical edition of the Sanskrit Text, Roma, IsIAO, (Serie Orientale Roma 86).

(B) Editorial collaboration in editing the volume Le parole e i marmi. Studi in onore di Raniero Gnoli nel suo 70° compleanno (ed. by Raffaele Torella with the collaboration of Claudio Cicuzza, Marino Faliero, Bruno Lo Turco, Francesco Sferra and Vincenzo Vergiani, and the participation of Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios), SOR XCII, 1/2, Roma.

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “Il capitolo XXX del Saṃvarodayatantra”. In: Raffaele Torella (ed. with the collaboration of Claudio Cicuzza, Marino Faliero, Bruno Lo Turco, Francesco Sferra and Vincenzo Vergiani, and the participation of Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios), Le parole e i marmi. Studi in onore di Raniero Gnoli nel suo 70° compleanno, SOR XCII, 1/2, Roma, pp. 213–228.

1998

(A) Claudio Cicuzza, “La Laghutantraṭīkā di Vajrapāṇi”, in Atti del sesto e del settimo Convegno nazionale di studi sanscriti, Venezia, 23 novembre 1990 – Palermo, 20-21 maggio 1993, ed. by Oscar Botto, Torino, Associazione italiana di studi sanscriti, 167–181.

1997

(A) Claudio Cicuzza (with F. Sferra), “Brief notes on the beginning of the Kālacakra literature. The bodhisattva corpus and related texts”, Dhīḥ, Journal of Rare Buddhist Texts Research Project 23: 113–126.