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Fall Term 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5 pm
The Meditation-Tradition of Interpreting the Maitreya-Works: Taking Yogācāra and Buddha-Nature as a Basis of Mahāmudrā Pith Instructions
Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
180 DOE Library

The Meditation-Tradition of Interpreting the Maitreya-Works

Based on an analysis of new material from the collected works of the Kadampa school (bKa´ gdams bka´ ´bum), this presentation will show how the Eighth Abbot of sNar thang sKyo ston sMon lam Tshul khrims (1219-1299) endorsed the meditation tradition of the Maitreya works. From a doctrinal point of view he avoids the ontological commitments of the Jo nang pas, however, and comes close to ‘Gos Lo tsā ba gZhon nu dpal’ s (1381-1481) mahāmudrā-interpretation of the Ratnagotra-vibhāga.

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes is the Chair of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. His current research deals with Tibetan Madhyamaka, Yogācāra and the interpretations of Buddha nature in the 15th and 16th centuries. Before coming to Vienna in February 2010 he worked with Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson in a project supported by the German Research Council (DFG) on the Indian origins of Mahāmudrā and the history of its reception in Tibet.


Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:00
IEAS Residential Research Fellows Brownbag Series
Ticks, Dots, and Doodles: Bibliographic Insights into the Tibetan Manuscripts from Dunhuang
Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures
IEAS Conference Room
180 Doe Library

Paul Pelliot examining manuscripts at Dunhuang

Paul Pelliot examining manuscripts at Dunhuang

Thanks to a number of largely French and Japanese scholars, the 1970s witnessed a rush of interest in the Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang. More recently, driven in part by the digitalization of large portions of the collection, there has been a second surge of interest, this time among a far wider circle of scholars. A range of discoveries over the past decade have shed some much-needed light on the nature of the Dunhuang collection as a whole, and many of these advances have been rooted in methods of bibliography. The present talk takes stock of some of the most significant of these advances and offers some further reflections on this unique collection of ancient yet still very-much-alive manuscripts.

Cosponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Free and open to the public • Wheelchair accessible


Spring Term 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5 pm
2015 Khyentse Lecture
David Germano, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Toll Room, Alumni House
Co-sponsored by the Khyentse Foundation

2015 Khyentse Lecture

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5-7 pm
Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth
Sara McClintock, Department of Religion, Emory University
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Center for Buddhist Studies