Dr. Carola Roloff (Bhikṣuṇī Jampa Tsedroen) - Curriculum Vitae

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Current Position:

Senior Researcher in the area of Buddhism
with focus on Dialogical Theology, Gender and Contemporary Buddhism

Further current research project (DFG):

  • Die buddhistische Nonnenordination im tibetischen Kanon, ihre Darstellung in den tibetischen Kommentaren und Möglichkeiten zur Erneuerung des Nonnenordens im tibetischen Buddhismus (mit terminologischer Analyse und ITLR-Datenbank-Erweiterung im Bereich monastischer Fachtermini)
  • project details (DFG)

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary Buddhism, intra-Buddhist and interreligious dialogue
  • Gender, human and women's rights in Buddhism
  • Ordination of Buddhist nuns, monastic rituals and rules in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya along with its treatment in the Tibetan commentarial literature
  • Tibetan biographies and hagiographies
  • Vinaya ordination lineages and ordination of Tibetan women in the religious history of Tibet

Academic Experience:

  • 12/2010 – today
    • Principal Investigator on "The ordination of nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist canon and its presentation in the Tibetan commentaries"
    • Department of India and Tibet, University of Hamburg
    • funded by the Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 02/2013 – 11/2014
    • Post-Doc Research Fellow
    • Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg
    • Re-Di Project "Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies"
    • funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 04 – 07/2012
  • 2010 – 2013
    • Post-Doc Research Fellow
    • Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg, Department of India and Tibet
    • DFG project “The ordination of nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist canon and its presentation in the Tibetan commentaries”
  • 2009
    • Ph.D.
    • Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg
      Dissertation summa cum laude: "Red mda' ba. Buddhist Yogi Scholar of the Fourteenth Century. The Forgotten Reviver of Madhyamaka Philosophy in Tibet."
    • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. David P. Jackson
    • Reviewers: Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann, Prof. Dr. Eva Neumaier
  • 2003 – 2009
    • Post-graduate student, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg
  • 2003
    • M.A. thesis magna cum laude: "Red mda’ pa (1349-1412) und Tsong kha pa (1357-1419): zwei zentrale Figuren des tibetischen Buddhismus und ihr wechselseitiges Lehrer- Schüler-Verhältnis."
    • Supervisors/Reviewers: Prof. Dr. David P. Jackson, Prof. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen
  • 1997 – 2002
    • Basic and Main M.A. studies, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg
      • Major 1: Language and Culture of Tibet
      • Major 2: Language and Culture of Ancient and Medieval India (Sanskrit, Pāli)
  • 1981 – 2001
    • Traditional training in the context of Tibetan monastic universities with Geshe Thubten Ngawang and other teachers at Tibetisches Zentrum e.V., Germany
      • 1980 – 2001 Tibetan Buddhist dialectics
      • 1988 – 1996 Buddhist philosophy (Tibetan doxographic literature)
      • 1981 – 1991 Vinaya (Tibetan Mūlasarvāstivāda)
  • 1988 – 1992
    • Vinaya Research on behalf of the Studienstiftung für Tibetischen Buddhismus
  • 10 – 11/1985
    • Three Platform Ordination and traditional Chinese Dharmaguptaka Vinaya training at Miao-T'ung Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 08 – 10/1980
    • Study visit at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India

Grants and scholarships:

  • 03/2011
    • Erasmus short-term lectureship
  • 2009
    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 3-year temporary position in conjunction with a research grant in Germany
  • 2009
    • PhD thesis printing costs grant Tibetisches Zentrum e.V., Germany
  • 2008 – 2009
    • PhD stipend Tara-Stiftung, Munich (2 years)
  • 2007
    • Research grant Tara-Stiftung, Munich (for expedition to India)
  • 2007
    • Travel grant Studienstiftung für Buddhismus, Hamburg (award-giving Bangkok)
  • 2005 – 2007
    • PhD stipend Tibetisches Zentrum e.V., Germany
  • 01/1999 – 09/2002
    • Government grant BAFöG, (under)graduate scholarship, Germany

Teaching experience:

  • 1996 – today
    • (Co-)Lecturer, University of Hamburg
      • 10/2010-03/2011 Der Buddhismus im Kontext der Weltreligionen und Bildung, EPB
      • 04/2010-09/2011 Die acht schweren Regeln und die Gründung des buddhistischen Nonnenordens, Department Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets
      • 10/2009-03/2010 Gender und Buddhismus in Asien, Asien-Afrika-Institut
      • 04/1997-09/1997 Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, AWW
      • 10/1996-03/1997 Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, AWW
      • 10/1990-03/1991 Stellung der Frau in den Religionen, Sozietät Interreligiöser Dialog, Ev. Theologie and exhibition at the Ev. Studentinnen- und Studentengemeinde
  • 07/2002 – today
    • Teacher, 7-year Systematisches Studium des Buddhismus, Tibetisches Zentrum e.V.
  • 1986 – today
    • Courses, seminars, and lectures on various Buddhist topics, Germany and abroad
  • 1988 – 2002
    • Tutor, 7-year Systematisches Studium des Buddhismus, Tibetisches Zentrum e.V.

Vocational training and work experience:

  • 1981 – today
    • Activities as Buddhist nun at Tibetisches Zentrum e.V. Hamburg
      • 1981 – 2011 translator and interpreter Tibetan-German/German-Tibetan
      • 2005 – 2010 scientific advisor, lecturer, editor
      • 1983 – 2008 manager of the Tibetan refugee relief (several projects in India)
      • 1989 – 1995 managing director
      • 1981 – 1998 project manager, program coordinator, office manager, accountant
  • 1977 – 1981
    • Training college for and occupation as doctor's assistant, Germany

Awards and Memberships

  • 2011
    • Karl H. Ditze Award of the University of Hamburg for outstanding doctoral thesis
  • 2009 – today
    • Member of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
  • 2007 – today
    • Councilor Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg
  • 2007
    • Outstanding Buddhist Women Awards, In Honor of the UN International Women’s Day, United Nations Bangkok
  • 2006 – today
    • Member of the Bhikkhuni Ordination Committee of The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration
  • 2005 – today
    • Member of the Committee for Bhikshuni Ordination (CBO) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (former CWB)
  • 1987 – today
    • Member of the editorial staff of "Tibet und Buddhismus", quarterly magazine of Tibetisches Zentrums e.V. Hamburg (circulation 3500 copies)
  • 1988 – 2001
    • Councilor of the Foundation for Tibetan Buddhist Studies (now: Foundation for Buddhist Studies), Hamburg (area of Vinaya Research)
  • 1987 – 1995
    • Executive Member of Sakyadhita, International Buddhist Women's Organization (National Representative and Vice President 1991-1995)
  • 1984 – 1988
    • Member of the board of directors Deutsche Buddhistische Union e.V. and councilorf the Buddhistische Religionsgemeinschaft Germany (non-profit nationwide umbrella organization of Buddhist societies and individual members)
  • 1981 – 1993
    • Member of the board of directors Tibetisches Zentrum e.V., Germany (non-profit organization founded in 1977 under the patronage of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama)
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