Born in Germany. Awarded a Ph.D in Buddhist Studies by the University of Hamburg. After four years as assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies of Stanford University (USA) and director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies, in 2007, he became professor for Indian Buddhism at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of the University of Hamburg. He is the co-director of the Numata Centre for Buddhist Studies in Hamburg. His main research areas are: Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism; transmission of Buddhism in various regions of Asia; Buddhist ethics; and contemporary developments in the Buddhist traditions of East and West.
Prof. Harunaga Isaacson
Born in Shikoku, Japan. Awarded a Ph.D in Sanskrit by the University of Leiden. After holding positions for research and teaching at the Universities of Oxford, Hamburg and Pensylvania, in 2006, he was appointed professor of Classical Indology at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of the University of Hamburg. He is the director of the Centre for Tantric Studies at the University of Hamburg. His research focuses on Indian Buddhism, especially Vaijrayāna; Indian religious and philosophical literature; and Sanskrit poetry.
Prof. Dorji Wangchuk
Born in East Bhutan. After the completion of his ten-year training in a Tibetan monastic seminary in South India, he studied classical Indology and Tibetology at the University of Hamburg (Ph.D, 2005). He worked as a teacher and researcher at the Tibetan monastery and the University of Hamburg. Since 2009, he is professor for Tibetology at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of the University of Hamburg. He is the director of the Khyentse Centre for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship. His special field of interest is in the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism and in the Tibetan Buddhist literature.