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Guest Lectures

  • January 25, 2023: Dr. Hiromitsu IKUMA (Taishō University): “The Four Inconceivable Points (acintyasthāna) in the Tathāgataguhyaka-sūtra and Its Influence on Early Mahāyāna Notions of Buddhahood” (Program)
  • July 23, 2019: Prof. Dr. Kazuo Kano (Komazawa University): "Materials and Scripts: Irregular Combinations of Manuscript Materials and Scripts across Indo-Tibetan cultural borders" (Program)
  • July 16, 2019: Dr. Marta Sernesi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University of Oxford): "A New Medium for an Old Message: Printing Buddhist Texts in Tibet" (Program)
  • July 1, 2019: Dr. Andrew Ollett (Harvard University): "Letters and Literization" (Program)
  • May 25, 2019: Dr. Petra Kieffer-Pülz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz): "Wrong Readings, Distorted Readings. Implications of Changed Text Illustrated with Examples from Vinaya Literature in Pāli" (Program)
  • May 25, 2019: Prof. Dr. Dennis Schilling (Renmin University of China): "Life and Consciousness in Early Chinese Mahāyāna Buddhism" (Program)
  • May 24, 2019: Prof. Dr. Robert Rhodes (Ōtani University, Kyōto): "Pure Land Practice in Genshin's Ōjōyōshū" (Program)
  • November 28, 2018: Prof. Dr. Hong Luo (Center for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University): "Opening the Vinayasūtra— atha niryāṇavṛttam" (Program)
  • October 16, 2018: Geshe Damchoe Gyaltsen (Drepung Loseling Monastic University, Mundgod): "Present-day monastic education in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India" (Program)
  • June 18, 2018: Prof. Dr. Chanwit Tudkeao (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok): "Die Vorstellungen vom Kosmos in zwei kosmologischen Werken aus Thailand"
  • February 8, 2018: Prof. Dr. Adalbert Gail (Freie Universität Berlin): "Von Kathmandu nach Kambodscha" (From Katmandu to Cambodia) (Program)
  • November 24, 2017: Dr. Katharina Sabernig (Universität Wien): "Moderne und klassische Körperkonzepte in Tibet" (Modern and Classic Concepts of the Body in Tibet) (Program)
  • October 20, 2017: Prof. Dr. Bart Dessein (Universität Ghent): "Madhyamaka Critique on the Sarvāstivādin Interpretation of Causality" (Program)
  • July 20, 2017: Rafal Stepien, Ph. D. (University of Oxford): "On Emptying Self of View: A Buddhist Critique of First Philosophy" (Program)
  • July 7, 2015: Prof. Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi (École normale supérieure, Paris): "Contradictions in Textual Narrations and Confusion in Visual Art: Revisiting the Seven Weeks After the Enlightenment of the Buddha"
  • January 29, 2014: Prof. Dr. Steven Heine (Florida International University): "Zen Writes, Zen Rites, Zen Rights"
  • December 6, 2013: Prof. Dr. Michael Radich (Victoria University of Wellington, Neuseeland): "The Authorship and Provenance of the Chapters of the Suvarna(pra)bhasa Ascribed to Paramartha, and Implications for the History of Buddhist Texts"
  • May 31, 2012: Prof. Dr. Brian Victoria (Oxford): "D.T. Suzuki, Zen and the Nazis"
  • November 17, 2011: Prof. Jonathan Silk (Buddhist Studies, Leiden University): "Presence of Absence and Absence of Presence: Toward the Avoidance of Hubris"
  • July 12, 2011: Prof. Dr. Urs App (Kyoto): "Die europäische Entdeckung orientalischer Philosophie" (The European Discovery of Oriental Philosophy)
  • May 26, 2011: Michaela Mross, M.A.: "Ritual und Rhetorik: Strategien buddhistischer Zeremoniale (koushiki) im Zen" (Ritual and Rhetoric: Strategies of Buddhist Ceremonies in Zen Buddhism)
  • December 15, 2010: Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleine (Leipzig): "Devotion oder Meditation? Die Praxis der Buddha-Vergegenwärtigung (buddhanusmrti) im Wandel der Zeit" (Devotion or Meditation? The Practice of Keeping in Mind the Buddha in the Course of Time)
  • November 3, 2010: Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann (Hamburg): "The Ethical Base of Socially Engaged Buddhists: Unity in Difference?"
  • July 2, 2010: Dr. Lila Russell-Smith (Museum für Asiatische Kunst zu Berlin): "Uygur Patronage in Dunhuang: Regional Art Centres on the Northern Silk Road in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries"
  • June 19, 2010: Prof. Dr. Christopher Ives (Stonehill College): "Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen's Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics"
  • June 18, 2010: Prof. Dr. Brian Bocking (Cork): "Study of Religions in a Smart Society"
  • May 28, 2010: Prof. Dr. Robert Sharf (Berkeley): "The Buddha's Finger Bones at Famen-si and the Art of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism"
  • January 20, 2010: Prof. em. Dr. Michael Pye (Marburg/Kyoto): "What Counts as Buddhism? Various Perspectives on an Unavoidable Question"
  • November 25, 2009: Prof. Dr. Alexander von Rospatt (Berkeley): "Vergangenheit und Gegenwart. Überlegungen zum Studium des Newar-Buddhismus des Kathmandu-Tals" (Past and Present: Thoughts on the Study of Newar Buddhism in Kathmandu Valley)
  • November 11, 2009: Prof. em. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen (Hamburg): "Zum Problem des Verhältnisses von spiritueller Praxis und theoretischen Aussagen im Buddhismus" (On the Problem of the Relation Between Spiritual Practice and Theoretical Statements in Buddhism)