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Visiting Research Fellow 2013, University Research Lecturer and Research Officer, Oriental Studies Faculty, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Robert Mayer is University Research Lecturer in the Oriental Studies Faculty of the University of Oxford, where he has been since 2002. Prior to that, he has held teaching posts at the University of Wales, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the University of Kent. He has also twice been a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College. He completed his BA (Hons) at Bristol, and his PhD at Leiden.

He is a specialist in the rNying ma school of Tibetan Buddhism, and has published a number of books, monographs and articles on the subject. One of his goals is to clarify the early rNying ma period by studying the Dunhuang texts in context. Another is to improve the standards of philology and critical editing within Tibetan Studies. A third goal is to preserve, protect and describe the few surviving witnesses of the once much more plentiful 'Ancient Tantra Collection', or rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum. As KHK Visiting Research Fellow he is going to work on monographic study about the inter-religious dynamics between Tibetan Buddhism and Bon.


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, Rijks Universiteit Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1996
  • B.A., Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 1985

KHK Fellowship

Duration: April 2013 to March 2014
Project: A monograph on the inter-religious dynamics between Tibetan Buddhism and Bon.

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University of Oxford


Mayer, Robert und Cathy Cantwell. 2015a. Authors and editors in the literary traditions of Asian Buddhism. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 36-37, Nr. 1-2: 195–204.
---. 2015b. The winged and the fanged. In: From Bhakti to Bon: Festschrift for Per Kvaerne, 153–170.


Cüppers, Christoph, Robert Mayer und Michael Walter, Hrsg. 2013. Tibet after Empire: culture, society and religion between 850-1000 : Proceedings of the Seminar Held in Lumbini, Nepal, March 2011. LIRI seminar proceedings series. Bd. 4. Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute.

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