Dr. Kazuo Kano is the current Numata Visiting Professor at the STB Department for summer semester, 2015. Dr. Kano is an associate professor at Koyasan University in Japan and a specialist of Sanskrit and Tibetan tathāgatagarbha literature. His particular research interests focus on philosophical interpretations of the Ratnagotravibhāga. Dr. Kano is teaching three courses at the department this semester: a PhD seminar on Tibetan and Buddhist Literature, History and Culture, a lecture on the hermeneutics of Mahāyāna Texts, and one course that is co-taught with Dr. Hong Luo from the the China Tibetology Research Center titled, “Analyzing and Translating Buddhist Literature. Part 1: Ratnagotravibhāga I.13-26; Part 2: Ratnākaraśānti´s Prajñāpāramitā-Upadeśa.” For further details on Dr. Kano's classes and courses taught at the STB Department, see the Course Catalogue.
A program supported by the Khyentse Foundation at the University of Vienna to encourage competence in translating Buddhist texts.
Buddhist Studies at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (STB) at the University of Vienna builds many of its courses around working with Buddhist textual sources on the basis of the high philological standards needed for translation work. In Vienna, as in other universities, great importance is attached to integrating a wide range of approaches from related disciplines such as Cross-Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Religious Studies into its Buddhist Studies curriculum. Buddhist Translation Studies (BTS) at the STB Department seeks to draw upon such disciplines to broaden the base of acquired expertise needed to meet the diverse challenges posed by translation, and to highlight Translation Studies itself as a core component of the wider discipline.
BTS provides a firm grounding in translation theory and in the practical application of it. Students are encouraged to put the necessary effort into mastering such difficult languages as Classical Tibetan, Sanskrit, Pāli, and Classical Chinese. In the end, recipients of a Tibetan and Buddhist Studies diploma will have acquired the tools needed to pursue a professional career as translators.
This Khyentse Foundation−sponsored program thus supports in a fundamental way the stimulating and multifaceted academic pursuit of Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna.
For more information on the activities of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the university, go to the STB website.