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Gregory Forgues

Contact information

Email:
yc8@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de

Curriculum vitae

Areas of interest

  • Buddhist philosophy (e.g., Madhyamaka, Pramāṇa) and meditative practices (e.g., śamatha/vipaśyanā, rituals, rDzogs chen).

  • The Ris med movement: ’Jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse’i dbang po & ’Ju mi pham rgya mtsho.

  • Theories and Methods: history of philosophy and ideas, cultural studies (e.g., cultural transfers, histoire croisée), corpus linguistics, critical thinking and informal logic (reasoning and arguments).

Education

2011- 2015

PhD candidate at the Doctoral College “Cultural Transfers and Cross-Contacts in the Himalayan Borderlands”, Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS), University of Vienna, Austria. PhD dissertation project: “The Interplay of Knowledge and Liberation in Tibetan Hermeneutics: The Propaedeutic Role of the Two Truths in the Works of ’Ju Mi pham rNam rgyal rGya mtsho (1846–1912).”

2004- 2011 

Undergraduate and graduate studies, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. MA in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies with distinction (equiv. to summa cum laude). Focus of studies: Tibetan and Buddhist philosophy (see texts read below). Main research languages: Tibetan and Sanskrit. MA thesis: “Materials for the Study of Gesar Practices.” Advisor: Prof. Helmut Tauscher.

Teaching experience

Summer Term 2013

Lecturer, ‘Introduction to the Theory and Method of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Teaching Language: English. Focus: Cultural Studies (e.g., cultural transfers, histoire croisée, discourse analysis, and narratives).

Winter Term 2012

Lecturer, ‘Introduction to Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Teaching Language: German.

Summer Term 2012

Lecturer, ‘Introduction to the Theory and Method of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Teaching Language: English. Focus: Heuristic, Textual Criticism, Hermeneutics.

Winter Term 2011

Lecturer, ‘Introduction to Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Teaching Language: German.

Summer Term 2011

Lecturer, ‘Introduction to the Theory and Method of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Teaching Language: English.

Conferences, presentations, and guest lectures

Oct 2014

“Who is Gesar? Gesar Rituals and Practices of the Ris med Tradition.” Presented at ‘The Many Faces of Ling Gesar - Homage to Rolf A. Stein, 27-28 october 2014,’ conference organized by Profs. M. Kapstein and C. Ramble at the Collège de France, Paris.

Aug 2014

Convener at the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Vienna. Panel: “Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist ‘Philosophical’ Traditions” with the participation of Professor Akira Saito (University of Tokyo) and Khenpo Choying Dorjee (Abbot of Dzongsar Chokyi Lodrö Institute).

Aug 2014

“The Transmission, Transformation, and Appropriation of Yogācāra-Madhyamaka ideas by ’Ju Mi pham.” Presented at the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Vienna.

May 2014

Co-convener with Prof. Klaus-Dieter Mathes of the Khyentse Foundation and CIRDIS workshop "Translating and Transferring Buddhist Literature: From Theory to Practice" organized by the University of Vienna with the participation of Professors Matthew Kapstein (University of Paris/Chicago), Akira Saito (University of Tokyo), Tom Tillemans (University of Lausanne), Dorji Wangchuk (University of Hamburg).

May 2014

“Towards Mapping Translation Issues and Methods in Buddhist Studies.” Presented at the Khyentse Foundation and CIRDIS workshop “Translating and Transferring Buddhist Literature: From Theory to Practice,” University of Vienna.

July 2013

“The Magic of Healing in the Gesar Rituals and Practices of the Ris-Med Tradition.” Presented at the XIIIth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Ulaanbaatar.

April 2013

“Verantwortung leben in der tibetischen Gesar-Tradition: eine Mahayāna- bzw. Vajrayāna-Perspektive.” Presented on the occasion of the 30 year Jubilee of the Austrian Buddhist Association (Österreichische Buddhistische Religionsgesellschaft), University of Vienna, Vienna.

Scholarship awards

2013-2014

Khyentse Foundation Program in Buddhist Translation Studies at the University of Vienna.

2011-2014

3-year PhD scholarship, Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS), Vienna, Austria.

Main research languages

Tibetan, Sanskrit, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, Pali.

Other Languages

French, English, German, Vietnamese, Latin.


Selected publications

Books

2015

  • Journeys to Freedom: A transdisciplinary and cultural history of the Great Turning in Gesar Rituals. Forthcoming.

Articles

2015

  • Who is Gesar? Gesar Rituals and Practices of the Ris med Tradition.” Profs M. Kapstein and C. Ramble (eds.). Forthcoming.

2014

  • “The Magic of Healing in Gesar Rituals” in Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris, edited by Prof. Charles Ramble and Dr. Ulrike Roesler. Kathmandu: Vajra Publications, 2015.

Translations

2014

  • The Noble Sūtra of the Great Vehicle entitled “The Strength of the Elephant” (a translation of Hastikakṣyanāmamahāyānasūtra), Toh.207, Vol.62, folios 95a7-109a5, 84000.co, under the supervision of Prof. Tom Tillemans (ed.). Forthcoming.
  • The Noble Sūtra of the Great Vehicle entitled “The Description of the Miracles and Magical Transformations that are the Attainment of the Buddha’s Powers” (a translation of Āryabuddhabalādhānaprātihārya-vikurvāṇanirdeśanāmamahāyānasūtra), Toh.186, sDe dge Kangyur Vol.61, folios 143b4-158a4, 84000.co, under the supervision of Prof. Tom Tillemans (ed.). Forthcoming.
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