Dr Jim Rheingans

PhD Tibetan Buddhist Studies (Bristol); Magister Artium Tibetan Studies (Hamburg)
Khyentse-UBEF Lecturer for Tibetan Buddhism

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Jim holds an MA in Tibetan Studies from the University of Hamburg (with minors in Classical Indology and Ethnology)and a PhD from the University of the West of England (taught at Bath Spa University).Next to various postdoctoral research projects at the University of Hamburg, he has taught at the University of Copenhagen and as Acting Professor for Tibetan Studies in Bonn. Jim has been engaged in various interdisciplinary teaching projects and acted as interpreter for Tibetan. His research focuses on Tibetan literary genres, religious history of the Tibetan plateau and Buddhist meditative traditions. Recent publications include Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types (2015) and the monograph The Eighth Karmapa’s Life and His Interpretation of the Great Seal (2017). He is currently completing a monograph about The Life and Works of the First Karma phrin las pa (1456–1539).

Research interests

  • History of Tibet
  • Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
  • Literature in Tibetan languages
  • Translating Cultures and Terms

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • India, China, Tibet: Cultural Relations
  • Survey of Buddhism
  • Sanskrit
  • Tibetan Language and Culture (forthcoming)

Supervision

  • Tibetan History
  • Tibetan and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
  • Tibetan Literature

Current projects

  • SSSHARC Huddle: A Conceptual Framework for the Interdisciplinary Exploration of Tibetan Visual Meditation
  • The Tibetan Concept of “Collected Writings“ (gsung ’bum)

Associations

  • International Association for Buddhist Studies
  • International Association for Tibetan Studies
  • Australian Association for Asian Studies

In the media

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rheingans, J. (2019). A Contribution to the Historical Study of Tibet: Life and Works of the First Karma 'phrin las pa (1456-1539) (in press). Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
  • Rheingans, J. (2017). The Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal: A Religious Life and Instructional Texts in Historical and Doctrinal Contexts. Bochum: Projekt Verlag.

Edited Books

  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: From Genre Classification to Transformation. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Conermann, S., Rheingans, J. (2014). Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

Book Chapters

  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Introduction. Typologies in Tibetan Literature: Genre or Text Type? Reflections on Previous Approaches and Future Perspectives. In Jim Rheingans (Eds.), Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: From Genre Classification to Transformation, (pp. 1-28). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Rheingans, J. (2014). Narratology in Buddhist Studies: Dialogues about Meditation in a Tibetan Hagiography. In Stephan Conermann and Jim Rheingans (Eds.), Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe, (pp. 69-112). Berlin: EB-Verlag.
  • Rheingans, J. (2011). Das Verschenken der Ganzen Welt: Mandala-Meditation. In Burkhard Scherer (Eds.), Mogen alle Wesen glucklich sein: Meditationstexte des Buddhismus, (pp. 98-108). Freiburg: Herder.
  • Rheingans, J. (2011). Die Meditation auf den Lehrer. In Burkhard Scherer (Eds.), Mogen alle Wesen glucklich sein: Meditationstexte des Buddhismus, (pp. 110-127). Freiburg: Herder.
  • Rheingans, J. (2010). Narratives of Reincarnation, Politics of Power and the Emergence of a Scholar: the Very Early Years of Mi bskyod rdo rje and its Sources. In Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler, Sarah Shaw (Eds.), Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions, (pp. 241-299). Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Journals

  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Review: Ulrike Rosler, Fruhe Quellen zum Buddhistischen Stufenweg in Tibet. Indische und tibetische Traditionen im dPe chos des Po-to-ba Rin-chen-gsal. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 110(1), 77-80. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rheingans, J. (2012). Communicating the Innate: Observations on Teacher-Student Interaction in the Tibetan Mahamudra Instructions. 2nd Iinternational Association of Buddhist Universities Conference, Ayutthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.
  • Rheingans, J. (2011). The Eighth Karmapa's Answer to Gling drung pa: A Case Study. the 11th seminar of the International Association for Tibetian Studies, Koonigswinter, 2006, Halle: International Institute for Tibetian and Buddhist Studies.

2019

  • Rheingans, J. (2019). A Contribution to the Historical Study of Tibet: Life and Works of the First Karma 'phrin las pa (1456-1539) (in press). Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.

2017

  • Rheingans, J. (2017). The Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal: A Religious Life and Instructional Texts in Historical and Doctrinal Contexts. Bochum: Projekt Verlag.

2015

  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Introduction. Typologies in Tibetan Literature: Genre or Text Type? Reflections on Previous Approaches and Future Perspectives. In Jim Rheingans (Eds.), Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: From Genre Classification to Transformation, (pp. 1-28). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Review: Ulrike Rosler, Fruhe Quellen zum Buddhistischen Stufenweg in Tibet. Indische und tibetische Traditionen im dPe chos des Po-to-ba Rin-chen-gsal. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 110(1), 77-80. [More Information]
  • Rheingans, J. (2015). Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: From Genre Classification to Transformation. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

2014

  • Conermann, S., Rheingans, J. (2014). Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin: EB-Verlag.
  • Rheingans, J. (2014). Narratology in Buddhist Studies: Dialogues about Meditation in a Tibetan Hagiography. In Stephan Conermann and Jim Rheingans (Eds.), Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life Writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe, (pp. 69-112). Berlin: EB-Verlag.

2012

  • Rheingans, J. (2012). Communicating the Innate: Observations on Teacher-Student Interaction in the Tibetan Mahamudra Instructions. 2nd Iinternational Association of Buddhist Universities Conference, Ayutthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

2011

  • Rheingans, J. (2011). Das Verschenken der Ganzen Welt: Mandala-Meditation. In Burkhard Scherer (Eds.), Mogen alle Wesen glucklich sein: Meditationstexte des Buddhismus, (pp. 98-108). Freiburg: Herder.
  • Rheingans, J. (2011). Die Meditation auf den Lehrer. In Burkhard Scherer (Eds.), Mogen alle Wesen glucklich sein: Meditationstexte des Buddhismus, (pp. 110-127). Freiburg: Herder.
  • Rheingans, J. (2011). The Eighth Karmapa's Answer to Gling drung pa: A Case Study. the 11th seminar of the International Association for Tibetian Studies, Koonigswinter, 2006, Halle: International Institute for Tibetian and Buddhist Studies.

2010

  • Rheingans, J. (2010). Narratives of Reincarnation, Politics of Power and the Emergence of a Scholar: the Very Early Years of Mi bskyod rdo rje and its Sources. In Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler, Sarah Shaw (Eds.), Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions, (pp. 241-299). Boston: Wisdom Publications.

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