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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of Asian and African Studies | Regional Departments | Central Asian Seminar | 10.05. Tibet & Himalaya Lecture Series: Textual Treasures and Endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas Lecture Series: Textual Treasures and Endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas

10.05. Tibet & Himalaya Lecture Series: Textual Treasures and Endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas Lecture Series: Textual Treasures and Endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas

"Textual Treasures and endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas" Lecture by Dr. Markus Viehbeck, University of Vienna as part of the Tibet & Himalaya Lecture Series. All are welcome!
  • When May 10, 2021 from 06:15 to 08:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
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Textual Treasures and endangered Manuscript Traditions in the Himalayas

by Dr. Markus Viehbeck, University of Vienna

 

Collections of Tibetan canonical literature – most famously Kanjurs and Tanjurs – constitute a textual heritage of Tibetan Buddhism that is crucial for indigenous Tibetan scholastics and modern academic scholars alike. As representations of the speech of the Buddha, Kanjurs, in particular, are also important symbolic objects. Often, they are produced in lavish deluxe editions and they play an important role in seasonal rituals that ensure communal well-being. While common ideas about the Tibetan Buddhist canon are based mostly upon the mainstream Kanjurs that emerged in the fourteenth century, the recent documentation of manuscript collections in the remote Himalayan regions of Mustang and Dolpo allows for delineating alternative models.

 

In this talk, Markus Viehbeck will report about these recent documentation and digitization activities conducted within the Tibetan Manuscript Project Vienna, describe the canonical model that such collections constitute and its relation to mainstream Kanjurs, and offer some speculations about the socio-historical context of such manuscript collections.

 

Markus Viehbeck works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of South Asian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna. His research interests address diverse topics within Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan intellectual history, and the interlinkage of religious and social history, with a focus on working with textual sources. His publications include Polemics in Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism (Vienna, 2014) and Transcultural Encounters in the Himalayan Borderlands: Kalimpong as a “Contact Zone” (Heidelberg, 2017). In a new project he studies Tibetan canonical literature and contributes to building up a comprehensive database at Resources for Kanjur & Tanjur Studies (rKTs): www.istb.univie.ac.at/kanjur/rktsneu/ 

 

 

Registration: Tara Herbener herbenet@hu-berlin.de

Contact / Lecture Series: Dr. Nike-Ann Schröder nike-ann.schroeder@hu-berlin.de