This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.
The contact details of our members can be found below.
Lelung Tulku (Ruislip/London)
I completed my Buddhist philosophy studies at Loseling College of Drepung University India, becoming Geshe Tsorampa in 2004. Then I studied Tantra at Tantra College of Gyuto Monastery. My current work is focused on the publication of the 46 volumes of my predecessor the 5th Lelung. I have undertaken the responsibility to preserve this tradition by giving teachings and talks in monasteries and universities in the East and West. In 2006 I founded the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre in India and have since organised passing on the oral transmissions of many rare teachings to the younger generation. These teachings were held by great teachers and it is vital to preserve them before we lose them completely. I am continuously engaged in researching and finding rare Buddhist texts and their oral transmissions, oral commentaries, rituals and empowerment lineages. I also give teachings on Buddhist philosophy to general, academic, and practitioner level students in the East and West in an effort to bring happiness to all.
Jeff Watt is a leading scholar and curator of Tibetan and Himalayan art, and well known translator of Tibetan texts. Since 1998 he has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Himalayan Art Resources (HAR) website, probably the most comprehensive on-line resource for Himalayan art and iconography that features thousands of artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia with a catalogue of over 60,000 images. From October 1999 until October 2007 Jeff Watt was also the founding Curator and leading scholar at the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York City which houses one of the largest collections of Himalayan and Tibetan art in North America.
My primary interest is in the development, elaboration, and standardization of sngon 'gro, "preliminary practice" liturgies over time with particular attention to tshogs zhing, "field of accumulation" arrangements. Other interests lie in Himalayan bronze casting styles from the 11th-17th centuries as well as in various iconographic programs employed in Tibetan Buddhist and Bon art. When not in Oxford I spend most of my time in Boudha, Nepal or New York City. I hope to undertake a systematic analysis of the various dream practices, "yogas", or rmi lam in both Buddhist and Bon traditions sometime in the near future.
I’m currently studying for my undergraduate degree in Theology and Oriental Studies. As part of my course I chose Tibetan and am learning both the spoken and literary language. For my dissertation I look at the symbolism of water in Buddhism as a phenomenological study.
I'm a DPhil student in Anthropology. My interests lie primarily in Material Anthropology, Museum Studies, the Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas and Diaspora Studies. In the past I've worked on the representation of Tibetan culture in UK and US museums (something I hope to return to in the future). Currently, I am conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Tibetan refugee settlements of India. My research focuses on the material expression of Tibetan identity in exile and investigates how Tibetan refugees have used material culture to physically and socially re-construct 'Tibet' in a foreign landscape.
My current DPhil research is on Zhepe Dorje Lobzang Thrinley, the fifth incarnation of the Gelug Lelung-Jedrung lineage, who has been called the "Rasputin of Tibet". I am interested in his life and works, especially his writings on protector deites, his role in discovering beyul, or "hidden lands", and his religious and political interactions with various Tibetan rulers. In addition, I am interested in Tibetan-Mongolian political and military relations from the 16th-18th centuries, Tibetan war magic during this period, the mythology of Buddhist deities (mainly dharma protectors) in general, and the history and theory of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tantra.
I have done an undergraduate degree in Japanese and Tibetan and have focused on links between Japan and Tibet through Buddhism, in particular through Ekai Kawaguchi, the first Japanese to enter Tibet. After graduation I will continue studying Tibetan language and Buddhism in Nepal.
My research focuses on the historical reasons for the migration of Tibetan Buddhism into South Asia and Northeast India. This involves documenting primary sources and material evidence relating to the spread of Buddhism from Tibet and Bhutan to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Also of interest are the implications of centuries old debates surrounding lineage, transmission and ‘authenticity’. I have particular interest in the translation, preservation, and digitisation of historical Tibetan texts.
I hold an MPhil (2010) and DPhil (2012) in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. The primary focus of my research is Anglo-Tibetan relations 1860-1914, focusing on the Younghusband Mission to Tibet of 1904. I first became interested in Tibetan history and culture while teaching English at Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery in Dharamsala in 1998. I have conducted field research in Zangskar, Mustang, Tibet, Sikkim, and India, as well as Western archives. In 2007 I co-founded the International Seminar of Young Tibetologsists, and hosted the first conference in London. I served as Secretary General of ISYT from 2007-2012, and edited the proceedings of both the London and Paris Seminars. I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, The Royal Asiatic Society, and an Associate Member of Christ Church College. A full list of my publications can be found here.
My initial interest in the Tibetans sprang from my studies on the relationship between Buddhism and nonviolence. That research has taken me to case studies on the Vietnamese Buddhist nonviolent movement during the 1960s, a Japanese Nichiren Buddhist group called Nipponzan Myohoji, and to the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, which I visited in 2005 and 2012. Currently, in the field of Development Studies, I am working on a thesis on the secularisation of the Tibetan exile polity, looking at how a distinct Tibetan ideology of secularism is being constructed by the exile leadership.
As a Tibetan born and raised in India, I have developed a deep-rooted interest in studying, experiencing, and understanding the Tibetan diaspora. As such, I have explored Tibet and refugee-lived experience in my coursework at my undergraduate, Stanford University and now at Oxford University in Comparative Social Policy.
More broadly, I study welfare economy, poverty, and international law but plan on honing my Masters thesis on international and domestic educational policy, focusing on its impact on youth relations and transnational identity among displaced people. In the near future, I plan on pursuing a DPhil in Social Policy or Sociology and shaping domestic and international policy.
Title of M.Phil. thesis: "Iconography of Buddha Amitabha".
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Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.23 October 2017Imagining the Divine: Exhibition
Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.
Networking21 - 21Nov NovSocial Science TableTuesday 21 November -12:45pm to 1:45pm
The Wolfson Social Science Tables are for any Wolfsonians and guests who want to get together every now and again to talk social science. Whether you’re a student or a fellow, whether you've come back from 2 years in the field or have spent the last 2 years struggling with Stata (or a manuscript!), whether you’re an eminent geographer or just someone who wants to figure out what social science means, we’d love to see you at the tables.Lectures and Seminars21 - 21Nov NovLives and LettersTuesday 21 November -5:30pm to 7:00pm
This discussion centres on an understanding and appreciation of letters as repositories of complex meaning, creating unique possibilities that weave together the textual, visual, material, biographical, and cultural. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Matt Bevis, University of Oxford, and Hugh Haughton, University of York, will talk about their work on literary letters in relation to life-writing and biographical practice.Lectures and Seminars23 - 23Nov NovTravelling and Filming in GandharaThursday 23 November -5:00pm to 6:30pm
In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.