Ulrike Roesler


Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Wolfson College



Research Interests:

  • Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
  • The Bka‘ gdams pa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Tibetan narrative literature
  • Tibetan historiography, biographical literature, and travelogues

Current Projects:

  • The early history of Reting monastery
  • Bon monasticism

Courses Taught:

  • Elementary Tibetan
  • Readings in classical and modern Tibetan
  • Tibetan history and civilization
  • Religions of Tibet
  • The Tibetan literary heritage

Recent Publications:


2019      “Atiśa and the Kadampa Masters.” Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol. II., editor-in-chief Jonathan Silk. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 1145-1158.

2019      “Between Self-Expression and Convention: Tibetan Reflections on Tibetan Life Writing.” In The Selfless Ego: Memory and Imagination in Tibetan Life Writing. Edited by Lucia Galli and Franz Xaver Erhard. Special Issue of Life Writing (2020). https://doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2019.1620581.

2019      “Biographies, Prophecies, and Hidden Treasures: Preliminary Remarks on Some Early Bka’ gdams pa Sources.” In: Unearthing Himalayan Treasures. Ed. by Marta Sernesi, Nicolai Solmsdorf, and Volker Caumanns. Marburg: Indica et Tibetica Verlag, pp. 345-366.

2018    "Rgya gar skad du – in Sanskrit? Indian Languages as Mirrored in Tibetan Travel Accounts.” Saddharmāmṛtam: Festschrift für Jens-Uwe Hartmann zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Oliver von Criegern, Gudrun Melzer und Johannes Schneider. Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, pp. 351-368.

Books edited:

Tibetan & Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris. Edited by Charles Ramble and Ulrike Roesler.Kathmandu: Vajra Books 2015.

Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions. Proceedings of the Conference held in Oxford, 28-29 April 2007. Edited by Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler and Sarah Shaw. Boston: Wisdom Publications 2010.

Full Publications

Ulrike Roesler