Dr. Albion M. Butters

Albion is a valued member of our editorial team and provides expert editorial work for our corpus of texts. He brings to his role both his academic understanding of Buddhism, supported by his study and practice with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, and a decade of editorial experience working with many types of texts and translators. 

Albion has a PhD from Columbia University. He is a scholar of the history of religion, with specialization in Tibetan Buddhism. After moving to Finland in 2010, his interests expanded to include cultural studies (he is currently writing a book on “spi-fi”—spiritual fiction—in comics), and American studies, with a focus on competing ideological movements in the United States. Albion is affiliated with the University of Turku. He has also worked as a consultant language-revisor and editor for various Finnish universities and their language centers, and he is the editor of Studia Orientalia Electronica, an online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original research articles and reviews in all fields of Asian and African studies.

Albion’s own publications include an overview of the life and contributions of the Omniscient Longchenpa, Illuminating the Goal: rDzogs chen and Doxography in 14th-century Tibet (2018). 

Outside of academia he is an avid gamer and one of the creatives behind the Mandala graphic novel (Dark Horse Comics, 2014), part of a larger cross-media project to gamify collective awakening. He lives in Finland with his wife and three children.