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Contact: kotykj@gmail.com

My name is Jeffrey Kotyk, otherwise Indrajāla in Buddhist circles. I'm from Canada.

In my teenage years I developed a deep interest in Buddhism as well as Classical Chinese thought and literature. I spend a lot of my free time reading on such subjects while trying to digest it all through writing brief articles which I archive here. Any errors or typos are my own.

I also translate Japanese and Chinese. The bulk of my work has been related to Buddhism so far. My main area of expertise is Classical Chinese.

I've traveled around both East and South Asia as a pilgrim, student, monk and scholar. I don't have much of a permanent address and have been wandering for several years now. September 2014 marked my having left Canada for five whole years without returning home. In that time I've stayed in Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, India and Ladakh.

I base my personal ideology on the five sciences that the bodhisattva should strive to master: grammar and composition (śabda-vidyā), the arts and mathematics (śilpakarma-sthāna-vidyā), medicine (cikitsā-vidyā), logic-epistemology (hetu-vidyā), and philosophy (adhyātma-vidyā). Additionally, I take to heart a lot of the teachings of the classical Stoics.

From a young age I've always had an interest in history. In recent years I've started reading more and more on Indian, Persian and Hellenic histories. My area of research from 2014 onward has been Buddhist astrology and star worship in the Tang dynasty, which demands extensive reading of classical Western and Indian histories plus knowledge of ancient astrology.

As of October 2014 I am a PhD candidate with Leiden University (Holland).

For my CV and academic activities see my profile on academia.edu:

Jeffrey Kotyk on academia.edu