Glenn Wallis

Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

Teaching Interests

Contemporary Philosophy; Asian Philosophy; Buddhism; Anarchism; Friedrich Nietzsche; Philosophy of Religion; Ritual; Contemplative Studies; General Humanities.


Ph.D., Harvard University, Sanskrit and Indian Studies
M.A., Harvard University, Sanskrit and Indian Studies, 

  • (Also studied at:) 
    • Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, Indology and Buddhist Studies; Freie University, Berlin, Germany, Religious Studies

B.A., Temple University, Philosophy



Nietzsche NOW! The Great Immoralist on Wokeness, Equality, Pronouns, and More. (New York: Warbler Press, 2023. Forthcoming).

Non-Buddhist Mysticism: Performing Irreducible and Primitive Presence (Roskilde, Denmark: EyeCorner Press, 2022).

An Anarchist’s Manifesto (New York: Warbler Press, 2020).

How to Fix Education (New York: Warbler Press, 2020).

A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).

Cruel Theory | Sublime Practice: Toward a Revaluation of Buddhism (Roskilde, Denmark: EyeCorner Press, 2013) (co-authored with Tom Pepper and Matthias Steingass).

Buddhavacana: A Pali Reader (Onalaska, Wash: Pariyatti Press, 2011).

Basic Teachings of the Buddha (New York: Random House, 2007).

The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way (New York: Random House, 2004).

Mediating the Power of Buddhas: Ritual in the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa (Albany: State  University of New York Press, Buddhist Studies Series, 2002).

Selected Articles and Chapters 

(* = peer reviewed)

“Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti,” in Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes, Adam Burke (eds.), Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer International Publishing, 2016): 495-504.*

“Nascent Speculative Non-Buddhism.” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 12 (35), (Summer 2013): 222-247.*

“om vakya da namah: Mañjuśrī’s mantra and its Use in Historical Perspective,”  in Edward Arnold (ed.), As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2009): 169-178.*

“Gautama vs. the Buddha.” Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly 8 (2), (Winter 2009): 68-73.

"On Translation.” Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly 7 (4), (Summer 2009): 83-85.

"The All." Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly 7 (2), (Winter 2008): 78-79. 

"Gotama the Seeker wrote a very strange poem." Introduction to "Forum: Does Buddhism make you happier? Debating the Third Noble Truth." Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly 6 (3), (Spring 2008): 32.

“The Buddha Counsels a Theist: A Reading of the Tevijjasutta (Dighanikaya 13).” Religion 38 (2008): 54-67.* 

“What’s dukkha? What’s not?” Shambhala Sun 16 (5), (May 2008): 47-48.

"Wer war Han Shan? Buddhistische Denkfiguren bei Rolf Dieter Brinkmann," in: Karl-Eckhard Carius (ed.), Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Schnitte im Atemschutz (Rowohlt: München: text + kritik, 2008).  [With Martin Kagel; in German.]: 132-141.*

"Advayavajra's Instructions on the adikarma." Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies 5 (Fall 2003) [appeared Fall 2004]: 203-230.*

“The Buddha’s Remains: mantra in the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 24 (1), (2001): 89-125.*