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Jonathan Samuels, DPhil (Oxford)


Jonathan Samuels, DPhil (Oxford)

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About Jonathan Samuels

Jonathan Samuels spent 20 years in Tibetan communities in India and Nepal. He holds a Geshe degree, the highest academic degree in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic educational system. He has many years experience teaching Tibetan, and conceived and organised teaching programmes for translators and interpreters from Tibetan to English. He completed MSt and DPhil degrees at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford, and has recently produced a textbook on Colloquial Tibetan with Routledge.


Selected publications



2017  Geluk Epistemology. Volume 21 of Library of Tibetan Classics. Boston: Wisdom Publications (forthcoming). 

2016  Are We Legend? Reconsidering Clan in Tibet. In Tibetan Traditions, Old and New: Proceedings of the Fourth International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Leipzig 2015, edited by Xaver Erhard. Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines (forthcoming: December).

2016  Revisiting the Emic Perspective: Lessons to be Learnt from the Worldly–Other-worldly Distinction in Tibet and Elsewhere. Buddhism and the Dynamics of Transculturality, Religion and Society. Berlin: de Gruyter (forthcoming).  

2016  Review of Lama Jabb’s Oral and Literary Continuities in Modern Tibetan Literature: The Inescapable Nation, Lexington Books, 2015, International Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 13, Issue 02 (July)

2015  Tibetan Philosophical Literature (co-written with Berthe Jansen), entry for Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism Volume One.

2014  Tamang Clan Culture and its Relevance to the Archaic Culture of Tibet. DPhil Thesis, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.

2014  Colloquial Tibetan: The Complete Course for Beginners. London and New York: Routledge.

2014  Review of James B. Apple Stairway to Nirvāṇa: A Study of the Twenty Saṃghas Based on the Works of Tsong Kha Pa, New York: State University of New York Press, 2008. Indo-Iranian Journal. Volume 57, Issue 1-2: 146– 150.

2013  An Avuncular Profile: An Examination of the Maternal Uncle (Azhang) and his Significance in Tibetan Culture. Current Issues and Progress in Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Kobe 2012 (Journal of Research Institute, vol.51), edited by Tsuguhito Takeuchi, Kazushi Iwao, Ai Nishida, Seiji Kumagai and Meishi Yamamoto. Kobe: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.