Ulrike Roesler


Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies 

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / Wolfson College



Research Interests:

  • Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
  • The Kadampa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Tibetan narrative literature
  • Tibetan historiography, biographical literature, and travelogues

Current Projects:

  • Tibetan Monasticism in the Making: The Case of the Kadampas
  • Religious Communities of the phyi dar

Courses Taught:

  • Elementary Tibetan
  • Readings in classical and literary Tibetan
  • Tibetan history and civilization
  • Religions of Tibet
  • The Tibetan literary heritage

Recent Articles:

2021    "Tigers and Leopards for the Monastery: An Inventory of Gifts from Narthang to Reting." In Gateways to Tibetan Studies: A Collection of Essays in Honour of David P. Jackson on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Ed. by Volker Caumanns, Jörg Heimbel, Kazuo Kano, and Alexander Schiller. 2 vols. Hamburg: Dept. of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universitat Hhamburg, pp. 779-801.

2021    "The Final Time of the Dharma." In Das alles hier: Feschrift für Konrad Klaus zum 65. Geburtstag. Ed. by Ulrike Niklas et al. Heidelberg, Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks, pp. 301-321.

2020    "Explaining the Dalai Lama to the Tibetans: Basil Gould's Report on the Enthronement of the 14th Dalai Lama." In On a Day of a Month of the Fire Bird Year: Festschrift for Peter Schwieger on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Ed. by Jeannine Bischoff, Petra Maurer, and Charles Ramble. Lumbini: LIRI, pp. 647-664.

2019    “Atiśa and the Kadampa Masters.” Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol. II., editor-in-chief Jonathan Silk. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 1145-1158.

2019    “Between Self-Expression and Convention: Tibetan Reflections on Tibetan Life Writing.” In The Selfless Ego: Memory and Imagination in Tibetan Life Writing. Edited by Lucia Galli and Franz Xaver Erhard. Special Issue of Life Writing (2020). https://doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2019.1620581.

2019    “Biographies, Prophecies, and Hidden Treasures: Preliminary Remarks on Some Early Bka’ gdams pa Sources.” In: Unearthing Himalayan Treasures. Ed. by Marta Sernesi, Nicolai Solmsdorf, and Volker Caumanns. Marburg: Indica et Tibetica Verlag, pp. 345-366.

2018    "Rgya gar skad du – in Sanskrit? Indian Languages as Mirrored in Tibetan Travel Accounts.” Saddharmāmṛtam: Festschrift für Jens-Uwe Hartmann zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Oliver von Criegern, Gudrun Melzer und Johannes Schneider. Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, pp. 351-368.

Recent presentations:

"The Sixteen Spheres Meditation Practice of the Kadam Tradition", Hong Kong University, March 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIox-zZf1wE

"Travelling in Time: the Role of Jataka Stories and Prophecies in the Construction of the Kadampa School", Paris, SFEMT, March 2022,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLfNqUpCTOo

"An Epic Journey: The Tibetan Rama Story from Dunhuang in its Literary Context", Cambridge, Dunhuang and Silk Road Studies seminar series, February 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rSQHu6vtWk&t=149s


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Ulrike Roesler