Dagmar Schwerk

Project Description

While at UBC, I will turn my doctoral thesis into a monograph and begin a new research project on Tibetan Buddhism, in particular on identity- and nation-building processes in eighteenth-century Bhutan. My Ph.D. thesis dealt with a very longstanding controversy on a specific Buddhist philosophical doctrine and meditative practices in one of the four Tibetan Buddhist schools. My research and teaching expertise cover Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan and Bhutanese intellectual, political, and social history—particularly between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. In her current research activities, she is especially interested in Buddhist conceptions of state, governance, social structure and civil society, as well as applied Buddhist ethics in secular contexts such as economics and education in Asia and the West. 
I am as well teaching Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist Literature, Genres, and Book Culture in the upcoming academic year 2019/20.

Research Interests

Tibetan Buddhism
Bhutan
History of Buddhism
Buddhist Ethics

Research Methodology

Historical-philological
Social sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Arts