Guiding Concepts and Responsibilities
The University of Hamburg's Center for Buddhist Studies promotes the development and coordination of academic resources on Buddhism in three focus areas: teaching, research, and academic exchange/public outreach.
Promotion of Teaching
Promotion of Research
Forum for Interdisciplinary Academic Exchange and Public Outreach
In order to firmly establish the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg as a leading institution in Europe and to further expand its program, one important goal is the development of an international M.A. program in Buddhist Studies. In order to strengthen the Center's academic foundation, the Center also plans to establish a third professorship in Southeast or East Asian Buddhism (for instance Chinese Buddhism) in addition to the two pillars of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.
The Center relies on financial support from sponsors who are interested in the successful development and enhancement of the Center and who support its goals, the expansion of its fellowship programs, and its international profile.
The Center for Buddhist Studies is embedded in the University of Hamburg’s scholarly and logistical infrastructure. Particularly relevant for the study of Buddhism are:
- Professorships, posts as lecturers and junior positions in classical Indology, Indian Buddhism, Chinese Studies, Tibetan Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean, Thai, and Vietnam Studies.
- The Numata Professorship for the Study of Buddhism.
- The library of the Asia-Africa Institute, with its primary focus on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.
- The newly established Centre for Tantric Studies.
- The Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship
- The University of Hamburg provides the Center for Buddhist Studies with office space, equipment and facilities for events.