Trent Walker

Research on Southeast Asian Buddhist Chant, Literature, and Manuscripts

I am a scholar of Southeast Asian Buddhist chant, manuscripts, and literature. I work on palm-leaf and bark-paper manuscripts in Khmer, Khom, Thai, Tham Lanna, and Tham Lao scripts as well as a variety of printed and oral texts in Pali, Sanskrit, Khmer, Thai, Lanna, Lao, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

I recently defended my 2018 PhD dissertation in the Group in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, titled Unfolding Buddhism: Communal Scripts, Localized Translations, and the Work of the Dying in Cambodian Chanted Leporellos. Before coming to Berkeley, I completed a BA thesis at Stanford University in Religious Studies, focusing on contemporary Cambodian Buddhist chant.

This website provides access to some of my research publications and other work, including audio recordings, liner notes, translations, and exhibit catalogs. For information on my PhD dissertation, visit Unfolding Buddhism. For recordings and translations of Cambodian chants, check out Dharma Songs. For a complete list of publications, including links to PDFs for selected documents, see CV and Publications. For media articles and interviews, go to Press. To contact me, click Contact.