Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic
Berliner Straße 43
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DR. ROLF SCHEUERMANN
In 2004, Rolf Scheuermann obtained a diploma in Buddhist Studies from the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi. From 2005 to 2017, he studied at the University of Vienna and received a Magister in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (2010) and a doctorate in Buddhist Studies (2017).
His dissertation focused on the famous doctrine of the Four Dharmas of sGam po pa (Dwags po chos bzhi), a short work that belongs to the genre of the Stages of the Path (lam rim), which has been relatively neglected so far in Western studies. Its author is the famous monk yogi sGam po pa bSod nams rin chen (1079-1153) who played a crucial role during the second spread of Buddhism in Tibet.
Apart from this work on the early bKa' brgyud tradition, his further research focuses on Tibetan eschatology, Tibetan strategies for coping with the future, the Jo nang tradition's gZhan stong-Madhyamaka philosophy and its specific interpretation of buddha nature, the translation of Buddhist works, but also cultural exchange processes.
From October 2014 to April 2021, he worked as a research coordinator at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe." From April 2017 to September 2018, he was on partial leave in order to substitute the Junior Professor of Central Asian Studies at the University of Leipzig.
Since March 2021, he serves as research area coordinator and is responsible for event management at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS).