Dr. Rolf Scheuermann

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen




Curriculum Vitae

After graduating from the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI), New Delhi, with a diploma in Buddhist Studies (2004), I entered the Magister program in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (major) and Indology (minor) at the University of Vienna. During this time, I alternately worked as a teaching assistant (Colloquial Tibetan and Classical Tibetan), and also as an assistant librarian. Having completed my studies with a thesis on an influential philosophical work by the famous sixteenth century Tibetan luminary, Tāranātha (2010), I then embarked on the doctoral studies program (Buddhist Studies) at the University of Vienna. Shortly afterwards, I was appointed researcher at the multidisciplinary doctoral college (IK) “Cultural Transfer and Cross-Contacts in the Himalayan Borderlands” at the University of Vienna, focusing on my dissertation, which is entitled “When Sūtra Meets Tantra – Sgam po pa’s Four Dharma Doctrine as an Example of his Synthesis of the Bka’ gdams and Mahāmudrā Systems”. During this period, I also lectured on the undergraduate program in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna and other institutions as well as working as a freelance interpreter and translator of Tibetan language. Since October 2014, I have been coordinating the research projects of the IKGF together with Dr. Esther-Maria Guggenmos. My own research focuses on the early Tibetan Bka’ brgyud tradition, the Jo nang tradition and general Tibetan and Buddhist strategies for coping with the future.

Selected Bibliography

  • “When Sūtra Meets Tantra – Sgam po pa’s Four Dharma Doctrine as an Example for his Synthesis of the Bka’ gdams- and Mahāmudrā-Systems.“ Dissertation, Universität Wien, 2015 (350 pp.).
  • „The Four Dharmas of Sgam po pa – A Brief Examination of Padma dkar po’s Famous <i>Dwags poʼi chos bzhiʼi rnam bshad skyes bu gsum gyi lam nyin mor byed pa</i>“. In: Zentralasiatische Studien No. 44. Andiast: IITBS, 2015, 121–144.
  • “When Buddhist Teachings Meet – Preliminary Remarks on the Relationship between the Four Dharmas of Sgam po pa and Kun dga’ snying po’s Parting from the Four Attachments.” In: Current Issues and Progress in Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Kobe 2012 (Journal of Research Institute, vol. 51). Tsuguhito Takeuchi, Kazushi Iwao, Ai Nishida, Seiji Kumagai and Meishi Yamamoto (eds.), Kobe: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, 2014, 465-487: http://tibetan-translation.com/Dateien/PISYT3_scheuermann.pdf
  • The Noble Sūtra of the Great Vehicle “The Three Bodies”. English Translation of the Āryatrikāyanāmamahāyānasūtra. Rolf Scheuermann and Casey Kemp. 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, Khyentse Foundation, 2013: http://read.84000.co/#!ReadingRoom/UT22084-068-017/0
  • Das Gzhan stong dbu ma'i rgyan des Rje btsun Tāranātha Kun dga' snying po - Tibetischer Text und Übersetzung. Diploma thesis, July 2010 (University of Vienna): http://othes.univie.ac.at/9753/
  • The Noble Sūtra of the Great Vehicle “Dependent Arising”. English Translation of the Āryapratītyasamutpādanāmamahāyānasūtra. Mit Casey Kemp und Khenpo Konchok Tamphel. 84000:Translating the Words of the Buddha, Khyentse Foundation. (forthcoming 2015)
  • The Sūtra of the Teaching on the Magical Display of Miracles Produced by the Buddha’s Powers. English Translation of the Buddhabalādhānaprātihāryavikurvāṇanirdeśasūtra. Mit Gregory Forgues, Casey Kemp und Khenpo Ngawang Wöser. 84000:Translating the Words of the Buddha, Khyentse Foundation (forthcoming 2015).
  • „Alcoholic Drinks and Drinking, Buddhism“. In: Arvind Sharma (ed.). Encyclopedia of Indian Religions. Dordrecht: Springer (forthcoming 2015).

Lectures, and conference/symposium papers, etc. (a selection)

2015 “Religiöse Traditionen und Praktiken Tibets.” KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Mathematisch-Geographische Fakultät
2015 “Purifying Karma by Reciting Sūtras? A Tibetan Perspective.” XXI IAHR World Congress, Erfurt.
2015 “Sgam po pa’s Doctrine: A Systematic Way of Coping with the Future for Beings of Varying Capacity, Both Gradual and Sudden?” ISYT Conference, Leipzig, September 9, 2015.
2014 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Wien: “A Seventeenth Century Criticism on the Tibetan Reception of Buddhism – Tāranātha’s Ornament of Gzhan stong Madhyamaka.”
2014 Workshop “Translating and Transferring Buddhist Literature”, University of Vienna: “Translating the Dharma(s): Some Notes on the Translation of the Four Dharmas of Sgam po pa.”
2013 13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Ulaanbaatar: “Solving the Unsolvable: Padma dkar po's Commentary on the Four Dharmas of Sgam po pa.”
2012 Workshop “Sacred Topography and Cultural Transfers in the Himalayas”, University of Vienna: „The Bka’ gdams pa Connection: A Fourfold topos for the Gradual Path and its Journey of Transformation throughout the Religious Landscape of Tibet.”
2012 Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi: “Educating Translators for Buddhist Texts (Special Lecture).”
2012 Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal University: “Tracing Cultural Transfers Between the Tibetan Buddhist Traditions and India (Special Lecture).”
2012 3rd International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Kobe: “When Buddhist Teaching Meet – Preliminary Remarks on the Relationship Between the Four Dharmas of sGam po pa and Kun dga’ snying po’s Parting from the Four Attachments.”