Dr. Orna Almogi

Her research interests extend to a number of areas connected with the Tibetan religio-philosophical traditions and Tibetan Buddhist literature, particularly that of the rNying-ma school. The primary focus of her research the past years has been the concept of Buddhahood in traditional Buddhist sources. Another interest of her is the culture of the book (including manuscripts and block prints) in Tibet in all its variety, specifically in connection with the compilation and transmission of collections of manuscripts and xylographs containing Buddhist works. Her current projects include short studies of subclassifications of Madhyamaka in early Tibetan literature and of the various concepts of Akaniṣṭha (’og min) in rNying ma tantric sources. More

Prof. Dr. Bhikkhu Analayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo was born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995. In the year 2000 he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Satipatthana-sutta at the University of Peradeniya (published by Windhorse in the UK). In the year 2007 he completed a habilitation research at the University of Marburg, in which he compared the Majjhima-nikaya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. At present, he is a member of the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, as a professor, and works as a researcher at Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan. Besides his academic activities, he regularly teaches meditation.

bhikkhuanalayo.ZfB [at] uni-hamburg.de

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Dr. Martin Delhey

Martin Delhey has various research interests in the field of ancient Indian Buddhism, with a strong emphasis on textual studies. While he focused on the Yogācārabhūmi, a medieval Indian encyclopaedia of Buddhist scholasticism, in the early years of his career, he turned his attention to other topics like Buddhist ethics (in particular, history of suicide) and the early Tantric text Mañjusriyamūlakalpa in later times. At present, he occupies a full-time position in the newly established inter-disciplinary Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg in which manuscripts as material artefacts rather than mere containers of texts form the object of historical and comparative research.

Prof. Dr. Michael Friedrich

Professor Friedrich’s main fields of research include Chinese Buddhism in the context of Chinese intellectual history, in particular the formative period up to the 6th century, and the historiography of Chinese Buddhism in modern and contemporary China. He also advises several M.A. and Ph.D. projects and is head of the SFB 950 "Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe".

Prof. Dr. Volker Grabowsky

Volker Grabowsky (Jahrgang 1959) ist seit dem Wintersemester 2009 Professor für Sprache und Kultur Thailands (Thaiistik) und Leiter der Abteilung für Sprachen und Kulturen Südostasiens am Asien-Afrika-Institut der Universität Hamburg. Zuvor war er (von 1999 bis 2009) Professor für die Geschichte Südostasiens am Institut für Ethnologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Sein Spezialgebiet ist die Geschichte und Kultur der Tai-Völker in Festlandsüdostasien und Südwestchina. Nach seiner Habilitation mit einer Arbeit über die Bevölkerungsgeschichte Nordthailands am Fachbereich Orientalistik der Universität Hamburg (1996) arbeitete er von 1996 bis 1999 als DAAD-Langzeitdozent für traditionelle laotische Literatur der Nationalen Universität von Laos in Vientiane. In Zusammenarbeit mit laotischen und thailändischen Wissenschaftlern leitete er mehrere Projekte zur Erforschung von laotischen und anderen Tai-Manuskripten. Zur Zeit arbeitet er an der Edition buddhistischer Inschriften aus Nordlaos. Seit April 2011 leitet er im Rahmen des vom BMBF geförderten Kompetenznetzwerks „Dynamiken von Religion in Südostasien“ das Projekt „Der laotische Sangha und die Moderne: ein buddhistische Archiv aus Luang Prabang“.

Dr. Jörg Heimbel

Jörg Heimbel studied Tibetology and Social Anthropology at the University of Göttingen and  the University of Hamburg, where he received his Magister Artium in 2007 with a thesis on the life and works of the 5th gDong thog sPrul sku bsTan pa’i rgyal mtshan (b. 1933). He received his PhD in Tibetology from the same university in 2014 with the doctoral thesis “Ngor chen Kun dga’ bzang po (1382–1456): An Investigation into the Life and Times of the Founder of the Ngor Subschool of the Sa skya Order,” which he is currently preparing for publication. During his research, he also joint the Tibetan Language Program at Tibet University (TU), Lhasa, China, from 2010–2011 and was a research fellow at the Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI) from 2012–2013.
Currently he is working as  “wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” at the University of Hamburg, where he acts as the lecturer for both Classical and Colloquial Tibetan. For his new research project, he investigates a collection of old Tibetan manuscripts from Ngor monastery.
His field of interest lies in the Tibetan religious history of the phyi dar period and its related literature with a special emphasis on the Sa skya school. Furthermore, he pursues research in Tibetan Buddhist art and Colloquial Tibetan, especially on the Lhasa dialect. More

Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson

Field of research
Indian Buddhism, especially Vajrayana; Indian religious and philosophical literature; Sanskrit poetry. In Buddhist Studies (to which his work is not confined), his research focuses mainly on the yoginitantra traditions of the Vajrayana. He also studies the relationship and interactions of these traditions with non-Buddhist tantric systems, particularly tantric Saivism. More

Prof. Dr. Jörg B. Quenzer



Dr. Jim Rheingans

Jim holds an MA in Tibetan Studies from Hamburg University (with Classical Indology and Ethnology) and has taught Tibetan languages on various levels. A relation to Hamburg University continued as Professor D. Jackson externally supervised Jim’s PhD in Religious Studies about “The Eighth Karmapa’s Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal” at Bath Spa University/UWE Bristol. While in the U.K. he has taught about Indian Religions, Buddhism, and Tibetan history on BA and MA level; he is further engaged in knowledge transfer that discusses academic research and current issues in an accessible manner (International Summer School Hamburg 2008: Buddhism into the 21st Century).
His research interests include narrative and cultural dimensions of religious literature, Buddhist practice and philosophy, along with Tibetan history (medieval and modern), literature, and culture. Focus is laid on meditation guidebooks and hagiographies of medieval Tibet and the Indo-Tibetan mahāmudrā traditions. Methodological plurality is envisioned, combining philological and historical approaches with elements from literary and cultural studies. Jim is currently funded for working on publishing two monographs (related to Karma ‘phrin las pa and the Eighth Karmapa) and is conducting further research about Kagyu Great Seal genres and their contexts.

E-Mail: jimrheingans.ZfB@uni-hamburg.de

Dr. Carola Roloff (Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen)

Senior Researcher in the area of Buddhism with focus on Dialogical Theology and Gender at the Academy of World Religions (Faculty of Education). Carola Roloff studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice with Geshe Thubten Ngawang at Tibetisches Zentrum e.V. from 1981 to 1996, followed by Tibetology and classical Indology, specializing in Buddhism, at the University of Hamburg, where she received her MA degree in 2003 and her doctorate in 2009. Since 2010 she conducts the DFG Research project "The  Ordination  of  Nuns  in  the  Tibetan  Buddhist  Canon, its Presentation  in  the  Tibetan  Commentaries, and Possibilities of the Revival of the Nuns Order in Tibetan Buddhism."

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E-Mail: carolaroloff.ZfBq@uni-hamburg.de

Prof. em. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen

Studies in Indology, Philosophy and Islam at the Universities of Bonn, Cologne, Vienna and Münster. 1973-2005 Professor of Indology and Buddhist Studies in the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies at the Asia-Africa Institute of the University of Hamburg. His work is devoted to the research of Buddhism in India, Buddhist ethics, and the Yogaacaara School. More

Prof. Dr. Dorji Wangchuk

Dorji Wangchuk was born in 1967 in East Bhutan. After the completion of his ten-year training (1987–1997) in the Tibetan monastic seminary of Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at Bylakuppe, Mysore, South India, he studied classical Indology and Tibetology, with a focus on Buddhism, at the University of Hamburg, where he received his MA (2002) and PhD (2005) degrees. He worked as an academic employee at the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg, and was teaching Tibetan language as well as being engaged in research activities. Since 2009 he is Professor for Tibetan Studies at the same Department. His special field of interest lies in the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism and in the Tibetan Buddhist literature. More

Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann

Professor Zimmermann studied Classical Indology, Tibetology and Japanology at the University of Hamburg. His dissertation dealt with the origin of the buddha-nature theory in India. Four years of his PhD studies were spent at universities in Kyoto and Tokyo. He later worked for the Nepalese-German Manuscript Preservation Project of the German Research Council (DFG) in Hamburg and Kathmandu where he also directed the Nepal Research Centre from 2002 to 2003. After four years as assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies of Stanford University (USA) and director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies, in 2007, he became professor for Indian Buddhism at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of the University of Hamburg. 
His research focuses on all aspects of Mahayana Buddhism in India, in particular its textual-historical dimension, based on the study of primary sources in the Buddhist canonical languages of India, Tibet and China. He is also interested in questions of Buddhist ethics such as the relation of Buddhism to political ideas and violence. The analysis of contemporary developments in the Buddhist traditions of East and West serve to illustrate how ancient questions are reconsidered among scholars, religious specialists and followers of modern Buddhism. More