Robert Mayer

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Career Profile

Robert has worked widely in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, especially focusing on Tibetan tantric ritual, including both contemporary and historical sources of different periods. He completed his BA in Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol in 1985), continuing his studies into Buddhist Tantric texts at SOAS and Oxford, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Leiden in 1996 for a thesis on rNying-ma'i rGyud-'bum (NGB) and its editing. Part of this thesis was published in a revised version in 1996 as A Scripture of the Ancient Tantra Collection. The Phur-pa bcu-gnyis (Oxford and Gartmore: Kiscadale); a revised version is in preparation. He has taught at the University of Wales, Lampeter and at the University of Bristol and from 1999 to 2001 was Gastprofessor für Tibetologie, at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. From 1998 to 2001 he was co-director with Prof David Germano (University of Virginia, USA) of the Nyingma Tantras Research Project (an international project to promote research into the NGB).

He is currently Numata Research Officer, and Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit at the University of Oxford.


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Additional Information

Rob also works as a researcher at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, where he is Numata Research Officer, and Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit.

Page revised 10 October 2010
by Geoffrey Samuel.