Institut für Indologie und Zentralasien- wissenschaften  


JProf. Dr. Berthe Jansen
Tel: +49 341 97-37127
Zimmer: 106 (1. Etage)
E-Mail: berthe.jansen[at]

Lehre: Zentralasienwissenschaften/Tibetologie


My fields of interest include Tibetan language, literature, religion, and history and how these affected and still affect Tibetan societies. My interests range widely from Tibetan oral traditions and folk culture (and religion) to Buddhist philosophy, social and legal history, and heritage studies.


Academic positions

  • Appointed Junior-Professor Tibetan Studies (W1 tenure track to W2), Leipzig University (appointment date October 1, 2018)
  • September, 2016- present (end date August 2020): Researcher, VENI grant (NWO), Leiden University
  • August, 2015- June, 2016: Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies, Leiden University
  • March, 2016- June, 2016: Instructor of Classical Tibetan 2 and lecturer of Tibet: State and Society, Leiden University
  • September, 2015- March, 2016: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Heidelberg, Cluster of Excellence Asia-Europe
  • January, 2015- June, 2015: post-doc in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice


  • 2015 (Feb.): PhD title conferred
    2010-2014: PhD candidate in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice (
  • 2008-2010: MPhil (with distinction) in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Oxford University
  • 2005-2008: BA in Languages and Cultures of India and Tibet at Leiden University (average grade equivalent to ‘distinction’)
  • 2003-2005: Tibetan language and interpreting (with distinction) at the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Programme, India
  • 2000-2003: Courses in Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India

Teaching experience

  • 2015 – present: supervisor and examiner of BA and MA theses in Sinology and Languages and Cultures of South and South-east Asia
    2016: Instructor of the BA course ‘Tibet: State and Society,’ Leiden University
    2016: Instructor of the BA course ‘Classical Tibetan 2,’ Leiden University
    2016: Instructor of the MA course ‘Buddhism and Social Justice,’ Leiden University (as Numata Professor)
    2015: Instructor of the BA course ‘Diasporas of South Asia’, Leiden University (as Numata Professor)
    2015: Lecturer of the BA course ‘Anthropology of Buddhism’, Leiden University (as Numata Professor)
    2012: Instructor of the BA/MA course ‘Monasticism in World Religions’, Leiden University
    2012: Instructor second year Classical Tibetan, Leiden University
    2012: Teaching-assistant for the BA course ‘Culture of Tibet’, Leiden University
    2011: Assistant instructor for the one month Colloquial Tibetan Summer intensive at Heidelberg University
    2007-2008: Tibetan language instructor at the Maitreya Instituut (FPMT)

Ancillary positions

  • 2017 – present: advisor to Leiden University Library, Asian Collections
  • 2015 - present: editor for ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol. 2: Persons and Personages
  • 2015- present: forensic linguist for de Taalstudio (freelance)
  • 2012 - present: Board member of the International Seminar for Young Tibetologists (ISYT)
  • 2011- 2013: Member of the LIAS Advisory Council
  • 2011-2012: Chair of the LIAS PhD council
  • 2010-2011: Secretary of the LIAS PhD council


  • In press: “A Preliminary Investigation into Monk-tax: grwa khral/ btsun khral/ ban khral and its Meanings.” In When the Taxman Cometh: Tax, Corvée and Community Obligations in Tibetan Societies. Charles Ramble, Peter Schwieger and Alice Travers, eds. Leiden: Brill.
  • In press (2018): “Law and Order during the Lhasa Great Prayer Festival.” In: Festschrift in honour of Peter Schwieger. Jeannine Bischoff, Petra Maurer, and Charles Ramble, eds. Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute.
  • Forthcoming (2019): “A Note on Tibetan Legal Documents and their Authors (17th and 18th centuries).”
  • Forthcoming (2019): “Ḍākinī.” with Nobumi Iyanaga. In: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol 2. Jonathan Silk et al, eds. Leiden: Brill.
  • 2018. The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-modern Tibet, Berkeley: California University Press.
  • 2017: “Serendipity among Books: the Van Manen Collection at the Asian Library.” In: Voyage of Discovery Leiden: Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library. Alexander Reeuwijk, ed. Leiden: Leiden University Press: 126-131.
  • 2017: Review of Christopher Hatchell’s Naked Seeing: The Great Perfection, the Wheel of Time, and Visionary Buddhism in Renaissance Tibet (Oxford University Press, 2014). International Journal of Asian Studies 14/2: 226-227.
  • 2017: Review of Shayne Clarke’s Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticism (Hawai’i University Press 2014). South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 40/1: 2: 211-13.
  • 2016. “Monastic Guidelines (bCa’ yig): Tibetan Social History from a Buddhist Studies Perspective.” In Social Regulation: Case Studies from Tibetan History (Proceedings of the International Association of Tibetan Studies Conference, Ulan Baatar, 2013). Jeannine Bischoff and Saul Mullard, eds. Leiden: Brill: 64-98.
  • 2016. “The Disciplinarian (dge skos/ dge bskos/ chos khrims pa/ zhal ngo) in Tibetan Monasteries: his Role and his Rules”, Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, 37: 145–161.
  • 2016. De Dalai Lama: een boeddhistische vluchteling over te veel vluchtelingen (The Dalai Lama: a Buddhist refugee on ‘too many refugees’)
  • 2015. “Monastic Organizational Guidelines.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism vol. 1: Preview. Jonathan Silk et al, eds. Leiden: Brill: 442-49.
  • 2015. “Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.” with Jonathan Samuels. In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism vol. 1. Jonathan Silk et al, eds. Leiden: Brill: 621-38.
  • 2015. Over aardbevingen, kloosters en dubbele karma-punten. (On earthquakes, monasteries, and double karma-credits)
  • 2015. Review of Jane Caple’s Seeing beyond the state? The negotiation of moral boundaries in the revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in contemporary China (Leeds University 2011).
  • 2014: “The Monastic Guidelines (bCa’ yig) by Sidkeong Tulku: Monasteries, Sex and Reform in Sikkim.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 24/4: 597-622.
  • 2013: “Selection at the Gate: Access to the Monkhood and Social Mobility in Traditional Tibet.” In The Proceedings of the International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, 2012, Kobe. Tsuguhito Takeuchi, Kazushi Iwao, Ai Nishida, Seiji Kumagai, and Meishi Yamamoto eds., Current Issues and Progress in Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Kobe 2012 (Journal of Research Institute, vol. 51), Kobe: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies: 111-39.
  • 2013: “How to Tame a Wild Monastic Elephant: Drepung Monastery According to the Great Fifth.” In The Tibetans that Escaped the Historian’s Net. Charles Ramble, Peter Schwieger, and Alice Travers, eds. Kathmandu: Vajra Books: 109-39.
  • 2013: “Zelfverbrandingen gericht op ommekeer Chinees overheidsbeleid” (Self-immolations for policy-change in China). China Nu 38/2: 18-22.
  • 2013: “Belgische jongen mag naar India om Boeddhistisch monnik te worden” (Belgian boy is allowed to become a Buddhist monk in India).
  • 2012: Review of Tibet: a History by Sam van Schaik. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 2: 255-58.
  • Forthcoming: De Soetra van het Gouden Licht. A translation of the Suvarṇaprabhasottama sūtra from the Tibetan and Sanskrit into Dutch, to be published as an in house publication by the Maitreya Instituut.
  • Forthcoming: A translation of the Vajracchedikā sūtra from the Tibetan and Sanksrit into Dutch, to be published as an in house publication by the Maitreya Instituut.

letzte Änderung: 27.11.2018 


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