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International encounters in the Himalayas and beyond

Thursday 12 December 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
Verbarium, 1.04

International encounters in the Himalayas and beyond

We sometimes tend to think of the Sanskrit and Tibetan corpora we study as closed worlds, so we feel a rare excitement when we discover hard evidence for international communication. The present talk will examine some items of direct documentary evidence for encounters between Indians and Tibetans, Newars and Tibetans, as well as Transylvanians and Tibetans.

Péter-Dániel Szántó

Dr. Péter-Dániel Szántó (1980, Cluj/Kolozsvár) first studied at ELTE Budapest (Diploma in Tibetology 2004, Diploma in Indology 2006) and obtained his doctorate at the University of Oxford (Balliol, 2006-2010, defended in 2012). He was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College (2010-2013), a Nachwuchsinitiative Stipendiant at Hamburg University (2013-2014), and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College (2014-2019). He is currently a post-doc with the Open Philology Project at Leiden University. His main area of study is Indo-Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, but he has also published papers about Mahāyāna Buddhism, Indo-Tibetan poetics, Indian epigraphy, South Asian material culture, and Śaivism.

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