Short bio

BA McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; MA University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; PhD University of Vienna, Austria.

Anne MacDonald has been working at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia since April 2010. Her primary focus is the development of Madhyamaka thought in India and Tibet. She is engaged in research on Candrakīrti’s Prasannapadā and Madhyamakāvatārabhāṣya based on newly available manuscripts of these works.


  • In Clear Words. The Prasannapadā, Chapter One. Vol.I: Introduction, Manuscript Description, Sanskrit Text. Vol.II: Annotated Translation, Tibetan Text. [Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 863; Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens 86]. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015. (Order here or download the open accesss version.)

Selected articles

  • “Pragmatic Translating: The Case of Pa tshab Nyi ma grags.” In Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya. Patrick Mc Allister, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Helmut Krasser, eds, Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2015. 249–278.
  • “Who is that Masked Man? Candrakīrti’s Opponent in Prasannapadā I 55.11-58.7.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 39 (2011): 677-694.
  • “Knowing Nothing: Candrakīrti and Yogic Perception.” In Yogic Perception, Meditation and Altered States of Consciousness. Eli Franco & Dagmar Eigner, eds., Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences 2009, 133–169.
  • “Recovering the Prasannapadā.” Critical Review for Buddhist Studies 3 [Geumgang Centre for Buddhist Studies, Nonsan, Korea] (2008): 9–38.
  • “Revisiting the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Text-critical Proposals and Problems.” Studies in Indian Philosophy and Buddhism [University of Tokyo] 14 (2007): 25–55.