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Richard Hayes (aka Dharmacārī Dayāmati) (born 1945) is an Emeritus professor of Buddhist philosophy at the University of New Mexico.[1] He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Toronto in 1982. Hayes moved to Canada in 1967 in order to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War.[2]

Hayes is a noted scholar in the field of Buddhist Sanskrit, specializing in the study of Dharmakīrti and Dignāga.[3]

Hayes was formerly Professor of Sanskrit at McGill University in Canada. He joined the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2003.[4] and retired in 2014.

For many years Hayes was moderator and a prolific contributor to the now defunct online discussion group Buddha-L. Buddha-L attracted a mix of scholars and amateurs and hosted vigorous and at times acrimonious debates.

As well as teaching Buddhism and Sanskrit, Hayes is himself a Buddhist and a Quaker. In a brief blog bio he says he was "Initiated as a dharmachari with the name Dayāmati into the Triratna Buddhist Order on January 26, 2000. I am also a member of Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).[5] Hayes is a noted essayist (Land of No Buddha) and blogger (New City of Friends, Out of a Living Silence) of considerable wit and clarity. He has expressed vehement political opinions, and been critical in particular of Republican politicians.


  • Hayes, R. P. (1988). Dignāga on the Interpretation of Signs (Studies of Classical India). Springer. ISBN 90-277-2667-1.
  • Hayes, Richard P. (1998). Land of No Buddha: Reflections of a Sceptical Buddhist. Birmingham: Windhorse Publications. ISBN 1-899579-12-5.
  • Hayes, Richard P.; Hori, Victor Sogen; Shields, James Mark (2002). Teaching Buddhism in the West: From the Wheel to the Web. Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism. Routledge Curzon. ISBN 0-7007-1556-8.


  1. ^ Hayes, Richard P. "UNM Philosophy Department Faculty: Dr. Richard Hayes".
  2. ^ Land of No Buddha, p.18
  3. ^ Hayes, Richard P. "Richard Hayes' Research Activities".
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  5. ^ Dayamati. New City of Friends.

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