a public event
Buddhist Sermons: On the Extant Parts of the Parikatha Literature
Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium with Michael Hahn
Friday, May 20, 2005
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Royce Hall 243
Los Angeles, CA 90095
A little known genre of the Indian Buddhist literature are the parikathas (also called kathas) that are related to the Buddhist epistles and roughly correspond to the Christian sermons. They are preserved partly in Sanskrit, partly in Tibetan (or both), a few also in Chinese. During the past 25 years a great part of them were edited, translated and studied so that now it has become possible for the first time to describe them in toto, define their characteristics and outline their development.
Michael Hahn was trained at the universities of Goettingen, Marburg and Bonn in Germany. He obtained a BA in psychology, a Ph.D. and a D.Litt. in Indian and Tibetan Studies. He taught as professor in Hamburg, Bonn and Marburg. He held various temporary appointments in Nepal, Japan, Canada, England and the USA. His main fields of research are classical Sanskrit literature, Buddhist and Tibetan literature as well as the Tibetan language and linguistics. He had more than 30 M.A. and Ph.D students from Germany and abroad."