Dr. Jim Rheingans
Jim Rheingans has studied Tibetology (major), Classical Indology and Ethnology (minors) in Heidelberg and Hamburg. He completed his Magister Artium in Tibetan Studies at Hamburg University in 2004 with a thesis on the Sa skya and bKa’ brgyud luminary Karma ’phrin las pa. His PhD research was carried out at and funded by Bath Spa University from 2005-2008, and focused on “The Eighth Karmapa’s Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal” (UWE Bristol). After a year of Postdoctoral research funded by the Tara-Foundation, he was a postdoc (“wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) for teaching and research in Tibetan Studies at the University of Bonn, Abteilung für Mongolistik und Tibetstudien. Since April 2011 he has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in a DFG-funded project about the origin and transmission of a Tibetan textual corpus (Mi bskyod rdo rje’s gsung ’bum).
His research interests include Tibetan literature and literary genres (especially hagiographies and narrative dimensions of religious literature), Tibetan history (mainly political and religious history of the 14-17th centuries), and Buddhism (particularly, the Indo-Tibetan mahāmudrā traditions). Since a few years, Jim is also engaged in teaching Classical Tibetan and Tibetan history to young Tibetologists in various projects.
- Forthcoming. Uniting the Two Traditions: The Life and Works of the First Karma ’phrin las pa (1456–1539). Munich: Indus Verlag, Collectanea Himalayica Series 3 (series editor Prof. Franz-Karl Ehrhard), ca. 220 pages.
- In press (ed.). Contributions to Tibetan Literature: Texts, Genres, and Generic Terms, PIATS 2010. Brill: Leiden.
- In press. “Typologies in Tibetan Literature: Genre or Text Type? Reflections on Previous Approaches and Future Perspectives.” In Rheingans, Jim (ed.) Contributions to Tibetan Literature: Texts, Genres, and Generic Terms, PIATS 2010. Brill: Leiden.
- 2015. Review of Ulrike Roesler, Frühe Quellen zum Buddhistischen Stufenweg in Tibet. Indische und tibetische Traditionen im dPe chos des Po-to-ba Rin-chen-gsal. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag 2011. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 2015, 110(1): 1–4.
- 2014. Conermann, Stephan and Jim Rheingans (eds.), Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin: EBV.
- 2014. “Narratology in Buddhist Studies: Dialogues about Meditation in a Tibetan Hagiography.” In Conermann, Stephan and Jim Rheingans (eds.), Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin: EBV, 69–112.
- 2014. with Stephan Conermann. “Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: an Introduction” and “Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: an Outlook. In Conermann, Stephan and Jim Rheingans (eds.), Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin: EBV, 7–19 and 305–309.
- 2012. “Communicating the Innate: Observations on Teacher-Student Interaction in the Tibetan Mahāmudrā Instructions.” In Khammai Dhammmasami, Padmasiri de Silva, Sarah Shaw et. al. (eds) Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation Practice. Academic Papers presented at the 2nd IABU Conference Mahachulalongkornarajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand. International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), 177–202.
- 2011. “Das Verschenken der Ganzen Welt: Mandala-Meditation” und “Die Meditation auf den Lehrer”. In Scherer, Burkhard (ed.), Mögen alle Wesen glücklich sein: Meditationstexte des Buddhismus. Herder: Freiburg, 98–108 und 110–127.
- 2011. “The Eighth Karmapa’s Answer to Gling drung pa: A Case Study.” In Kapstein, Matthew T. and Roger R. Jackson (eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies Bonn. IITBS GmbH: Halle, 345–386.
- 2010. “Narratives of Reincarnation, Politics of Power and the Emergence of a Scholar: the Very Early Years of Mi bskyod rdo rje and its Sources.” In Covill, Linda; Ulrike Roesler and Sarah Shaw (eds.), Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions. Boston: Wisdom Publications, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies Series, 241–299.
- 2009. “Preliminary Reflections on Guru Devotion in Medieval Tibetan bKa’ brgyud pa Great Seal.” In Kucharnov, Nick et. al. (ed.), Vajrayāna Buddhism in Russia: History and Modernity, St. Petersburg: Unlimited Space, 186–209 (Englisch) und 209–249 (Russisch).
- 2008. The Eighth Karmapa’s Life and His Interpretation of the Great Seal. PhD Thesis, University of the West of England, Bristol.
- 2005. With Frank Müller-Witte (trans.). „Die Meditation auf den Lama in vier Sitzungen.” In Douglas N. und M. White, Karmapa: König der Verwirklicher. Wuppertal: Buddhistischer Verlag, 167–185.
- 2014. “Von Yogis, Mönchen und Tulkus: Was machte Buddhisten in Tibet zu prägenden Figuren?” Lecture in the series Ohne Lehrer keine Lehre? In der Nachfolge des Buddha, Numata Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, 16 December.
- 2014. “Tibetan hagiographies in Buddhist teaching: Narrative performances and their reception in past and present”. Presentation at the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna,18-23 August.
- 2013. “Masters, Monks and Myths: Introducing Tibetan Buddhism”. Presentation, Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Malaga (UMA), December 19.
- 2012. (with Stephan Conermann) “Narratology and Narrative Strategies in Hagiographies”. Key note presentation at the International Conference Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing. University of Bonn (BZTN) and University of Hamburg (Center for Buddhist Studies), Hamburg, 2–3 March.
- 2011. “Songs, Empowerments and Dialogues: Embedded Texts and their Function in Tibetan Spiritual Biographies”. Paper presented at the XVIth Congress of the International Association for Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum College, Taipeh, 20–25 June.
- 2011. “Remarks about the Question and Answer (dris lan) Texts of Tibetan Literature as a Textual Type.” Paper presented at Genres littéraires au Tibet/Literary Genres in Tibet, Journées d’étude ASIES (Inalco) et TINEMO, Paris, 27 January.
- 2010. Panel convener of “Contributions to Tibetan Literature: Texts, Genres and Generic Terms”, paper presented: “Collected Writings” (gsung ‘bum) in Tibetan Literature: Towards a Systematic Study of Their Compilation, Redaction and Composition and Its Use for Genre Classifications” 12th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Vancouver, 16–21 August.
- 2009. “Kompilation von tibetisch-buddhistischen Textsammlungen. Untersuchungen zu Autorenschaft, Produktion und Tradition“, Innovation oder Plagiat? Kompilationstechniken in der Vormoderne. Universität Bonn, 18. Dezember 2009.
- 2009. “Religio-Political Conflict and its Solutions in Spiritual Biographies of Medieval Tibet.” Peace in the Buddhist Traditions of India and Tibet: an International Conference, Center for Buddhist Studies, Hamburg University, 14 June.
- 2008. “Approaching Religions Inside/out—Outside/in: Methodological Pluralism in Context.” Lecture presented at a Research Seminar Religious Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, 19 Nov 2008.
- 2008. “Did Politics Influence Religious Doctrine in Tibet? Wars Between Central Tibet and Tsang During the Period of Rinpungpa Dominance (1478-1565).” Joint Postgraduate Conference for Theology and the Study of Religions, Bristol University, 14 March 2008.
- 2007. “Ontologie, Praxis, Text.” Deutscher Orientalistentag (International Oriental Studies Conference of Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Freiburg, 24 September.
- 2007. “Experiencing the Innate (sahaja): The Eighth Karmapa and his Great Seal (Mahāmudrā) in Context.” Joint Postgraduate Conference for Theology and the Study of Religions, Bristol University, 11 March.
- 2006. “Saraha in the 16th Century: Reception, Utilisation and Polemics in the Work of Karma 'phrin las pa and Karmapa VIII Mi bskyod rdo rje.” 11th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Bonn-Königswinter, 28 Aug–1 Sept.
- 2005. “The Life and Works of the First Karma ‘phrin las pa.” Conference of the International Association for Buddhist Studies, SOAS, London, 26 Aug–1 Sept.
- 2005. “The Liberation Story Narratives of Karma ’phrin las pa: A Non-sectarian Master of the 15th Century.“ Paper presented at the Joint Postgraduate Conference for Theology and the Study of Religions, Bristol University, 17 March.
- 2005. “Tibetan Buddhism: Sectarianism, Tolerance and Practice.” Lecture held at the World View Society (Study of Religions and Philosophy and Ethics Research seminar series), Bath Spa University, 12 Feb.
- 2005. “Die Schulen und die Geschichte des Buddhismus.” Keynote address on behalf of Prof. David Jackson at the occasion of an exhibition of Tibetan art and Buddhist relics, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, 17 April.