An inter­view with

Helmut Tauscher

Pos­i­tion & Affil­i­ation: Pro­fess­or of Tibetan and Buddhist Stud­ies, Uni­ver­sity of Vienna (retired)
Date: April 11, 2019 in Vienna, Austria
Inter­viewed by: Anna Sehnalova

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Oral His­tory of Tibetan Stud­ies. (2021, Decem­ber 2). An inter­view with Helmut Tauscher. Retrieved 31 Janu­ary 2023, from https://oralhistory.iats.info/interviews/helmut-tauscher/.
“An inter­view with Helmut Tauscher.” Oral His­tory of Tibetan Stud­ies, 2 Dec. 2021, https://oralhistory.iats.info/interviews/helmut-tauscher/.
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Oral His­tory of Tibetan Stud­ies. “An inter­view with Helmut Tauscher.” 2021, Decem­ber 2. https://oralhistory.iats.info/interviews/helmut-tauscher/.

Dis­claim­er: The views and opin­ions expressed in this inter­view are those of the inter­viewee and do not neces­sar­ily rep­res­ent the offi­cial pos­i­tion of the Oral His­tory of Tibetan Stud­ies project.

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Prof. (ret.) Dr. Helmut Tauscher – per­son­al data

 

Helmut Tauscher stud­ied His­tory, Art His­tory, and Ang­list­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck (1970–1974), Tibetan and Buddhist Stud­ies, Indo­logy, and Art His­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Vienna (1974–1981), and Mad­hya­maka philo­sophy at Dre­pung Losel­ing Mon­as­tery, Mun­d­god (South India) (1983–1984).  His PhD (1981) and Habil­it­a­tion (1996), both in the field of “Tibetan and Buddhist stud­ies”, he obtained from the Uni­ver­sity of Vienna where he worked until his retire­ment (2015), focus­ing on Buddhist philo­sophy, with an emphas­is on Tibetan Mad­hya­maka, and Kan­jur research.

As a guest lec­turer he was fre­quently teach­ing at the uni­ver­sit­ies of Brat­is­lava, Brno, Cluj-Napo­ca, Göt­tin­gen, Krakow, Napoli, Praha, and Szeged (2001–2018), and in SS 2017 he was hold­ing the Numata chair for Buddhist Stud­ies at Leiden University.

With­in vari­ous research pro­jects on “West­ern Tibetan Manu­scripts” he was reg­u­larly engaged in field research in the west­ern Him­alaya since 1989. Presently he is dir­ect­ing the research pro­ject “Kan­jur col­lec­tions from Tibet’s south­ern and west­ern borderlands”.

sPug Ye shes dby­angs, mDo sde brgy­ad bcu kungs. An Early Tibetan Sūtra Antho­logy, Intro­duced and Edited. Wien 2021.

Cata­logue of the Gondhla Proto-Kan­jur. Wien 2008.

Phya pa Chos kyi seṅ ge, dBu ma śar gsum gyi stoṅ thun. Wien 1999.

Die Lehre von den Zwei Wirk­lich­keiten in Tsoṅ kha pas Mad­hya­maka-Werken. Wien 1995.

Verse-Index of Candrakīrti’s Mad­hya­makāvatāra (Tibetan Ver­sions). Wien 1989.

Can­drakīrti — Mad­hya­makāvatāraḥ und Mad­hya­makāvatār­ab­hāṣyam (Kapitel VI, Vers 166–222), über­set­zt und kom­men­tiert. Wien 1981.

 

Manu­script frag­ments from Matho. A pre­lim­in­ary report and ran­dom reflec­tions.” M. Clem­ente, O. Nales­ini and F. Ven­turi (eds), Per­spect­ives on Tibetan Cul­ture. A Small Gar­land of For­­get-me-nots offered to Elena De Rossi Filibeck. Revue d’Etudes Tibé­taines 41. 2019. 337–378.

The Rnal ‘byor chen po bsgom pa’i don manu­script of the ‘Gondhla Kan­jur’.” Text, Image and Song in Trans­dis­cip­lin­ary Dia­logue. PIATS 2003: Tibetan Stud­ies: Pro­ceed­ings of the Tenth Sem­in­ar of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­ation for Tibetan Stud­ies, Oxford, 2003. Vol. 7. 79–103.

The ‘Early Mus­tang Kan­jur’ and its Des­cend­ants.” E. Forte, Liang Jun­yan, D. Klimburg-Salt­er, Zhang Yuan, H. Tauscher (eds), Tibet in Dia­logue with its Neigh­bors: His­tory, Cul­ture and Art of Cent­ral and West­ern Tibet, 8th to 15th cen­tury. Beijing: China Tibet­o­logy Pub­lish­ing House & Wien: Arbeit­skre­is für Tibet­ische und Buddhistische Stud­i­en, 2015. 292–295 (plates), 463–481. Co-authored by Bruno Lainé.

Kan­jur.” J.A. Silk (ed.), Brill’s Encyc­lo­pe­dia of Buddhism. Vol. 1: Lit­er­at­ure and Lan­guages. Leiden 2015. 103–111.

Manu­scripts en Route.” In: Patrick McAl­lister, Cristina Scher­­rer-Schaub, Helmut Krass­er (eds.), Cul­tur­al Flows across the West­ern Him­alaya. Wien 2015. 365–392.

Remarks on Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge and his Mad­hya­maka treat­ises.” In: Roberto Vitali (ed.), The Earth Ox Papers. Pro­ceed­ings of the “Inter­na­tion­al Sem­in­ar on Tibetan and Him­alay­an Stud­ies Held at the Lib­rary of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharam­sala Septem­ber 2009. Dharam­sala 2010. 1–35.

West­ern Tibetan Kan­jur Tra­di­tion.” Deborah Klimburg-Salt­er, Liang Jun­yan, Helmut Tauscher, Zhou Yuan (eds): The Cul­tur­al His­tory of West­ern Tibet. Recent research from the China Tibet­o­logy Research Cen­ter and the Uni­ver­sity of Vienna. Wien, Beijing 2008. 339–362. Co-authored by Bruno Lainé.

The Rnal ‘byor chen po bsgom pa’i don manu­script of the ‘Gondhla Kan­jur’.” Text, Image and Song in Trans­dis­cip­lin­ary Dia­logue. PIATS 2003: Tibetan Stud­ies: Pro­ceed­ings of the Tenth Sem­in­ar of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­ation for Tibetan Stud­ies, Oxford, 2003. Vol. 7. Ed. Deborah Klimburg-Salt­er, Kurt Trop­per, Chris­ti­an Jahoda. Leiden, Boston 2007. 79–103.

Phya pa chos kyi seṅ ge as a Svātan­trika.” The Svātan­trika-Prāsaṅ­­gika Dis­tinc­tion. Ed. Georges B.J.Dreyfus & Sara L.McClintock. Boston 2003. 207–255.

Con­tro­ver­sies in Tibetan Mad­hya­maka exeges­is: sTag tshaṅ Lotsāba’s cri­tique of Tsoṅ kha pa’s asser­tion of val­idly estab­lished phe­nom­ena.” Études Bouddhiques, Offertes a Jaques May a l’Occasion de son Soix­ante-cin­quième Anniver­saire. Asi­at­ische Stud­i­en, Études Asi­atiques 46/1. Ed. J.Bronkhorst, K.Mimaki, T.J.F.Tillemans, Bern etc. 1992. 297–306.

Education

1996Habil­it­a­tion (Tibetan and Buddhist Studies)
1983–1984Stud­ies of Mad­hya­maka philo­sophy at Dre­pung Losel­ing Mon­as­tery, Mun­d­god (South India)
1981Ph.D. (Tibetan and Buddhist Studies)
1974–1981Uni­ver­sity of Vienna (Tibetan and Buddhist Stud­ies, Indo­logy, Art History)
1970–1974Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck (His­tory, Art His­tory, Anglistics)

Career history

 

2001-04, 2006-10Deputy Dir­ect­or of the Dept. for South Asi­an, Tibetan and Buddhist Stud­ies, Uni­ver­sity of Vienna
2000Dir­ect­or of the Insti­tute for Tibetan and Buddhist Stud­ies, Uni­ver­sity of Vienna
1997–2015Asso­ci­ate Professor

Career-related activities

2017(-2022) Research pro­ject “Kan­jur col­lec­tions from Tibet’s south­ern and west­ern bor­der­lands” (pro­ject leader)
2017 (sum­mer term)Numata vis­it­ing pro­fess­or at Leiden University
2001–2015Vis­it­ing lec­turer at the uni­ver­sit­ies of Brat­is­lava, Brno, Cluj-Napo­ca, Göt­tin­gen, Krakow, Napoli, Praha, Szeged
1991–2013Research pro­ject “West­ern Tibetan Manu­scripts” (2001–2013 pro­ject leader)
1989, 1991, 1995–2016Field research in Lahaul-Spiti and Kin­naur, Himach­al Pra­desh, and Ladakh / Zans­kar, Jam­mu & Kash­mir, India

Research interests

Buddhist Philo­sophy, with an emphas­is on Tibetan Madhyamaka

Kan­jur research