From 1980-1984 he lived in the Himalayas and studied Buddhism, later obtaining a master's degree in Tibetology from the University of Bonn and then a Doctorate from Marburg in 1994 with a study of the Yogācāra text Dharmadharmatāvibhāga (published in 1996 in the series Indica et Tibetica). He served as the director of the Nepal Research Centre and the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project in Kathmandu from 1993 to 2001. He was then a lecturer and visiting professor variously at the University of Hamburg, Vienna, and EPHE, Paris, until his current appointment in March 2010 as full Professor of Tibetology and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. In 2014 he and his team hosted the IABS meeting in Vienna and has organized and presented at many other conferences and symposiums.
His publications include A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Gö Lotsawa´s Mahāmudrā Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga (Wisdom, 2008) and A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa's Collection of Texts on Non-conceptual Realization (Amanasikāra) (Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015). His latest work, The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in India and Tibet (coedited with Michael Sheehy) was published by SUNY Press in 2019. He is also a regular contributor to the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies.
From 2021-2022, Klaus will be translating his previously published critical edition of 'Gos Lo tsā ba gZhon nu dpal's Commentary on the Ratnagotravibhāgavyākhyā with Katrin Querl and Jamie Creek as part of a project supported by Tsadra Foundation.
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About this person
- Recent Writing of Interest from Doctor Mathes:
- "The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet. Edited with Michael Sheehy. Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2019.
- "Introduction: The Philosophical Grounds and Literary History of Zhentong.’” The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Discourse in Tibet. Albany: SUNY Press, 1-27 , 2019.
- "Liberation through Realizing the Emptiness of Dependent Origination: A Modern Interpretation of the Buddhist “Beyond” in the Light of Quantum Physics." Experiencing the Beyond: Intercultural Approaches. Ed. by Gert Melville and Carlos Ruta (Challenges of Life: Essays on Philosophical and Cultural Anthropology 4). Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 198-211, 2018.
- "The Eighth Karmapa Mi bskyod rdo rje (1507-1554) on the Relation between Buddha Nature and its Adventitious Stains." Critical Review for Buddhist Studies 22 (2017. 12), 63-104.
- "Did ‘Gos Lo tsā ba gZhon nu dpal (1392-1481) Espouse a gZhan sTong View?" In: Fifteenth Century Tibet: Cultural Blossoming and Political Unrest. LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series 8. Lumbini 2017, 291-311.
- "Introduction: The History of the Rang stong/Gzhan stong Distinction from Its Beginning through the Ris-med Movement". Journal of Buddhist Philosophy 2 (2016), 4-8.
- "Presenting a Controversial Doctrine in a Conciliatory Way: Mkhan chen Gang shar dbang po's (1925-1958/59?) Inclusion of Gzhan Stong ("Emptiness of Other") within Prāsaṅgika". Journal of Buddhist Philosophy 2 (2016), 114-131.
Affiliations & relations
- Universität Wien · workplace affiliation
- Universität Hamburg · secondary affiliation
- Rangjung Yeshe Institute · secondary affiliation
- CIRDIS · secondary affiliation
- IABS · secondary affiliation
- IATS · secondary affiliation
- http://www.tantric-studies.uni-hamburg.de/people/klaus-dieter-mathes/ · websites