Professor for Central Asian Religions
Deputy Director of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES)
Principal Investigator of ERC research project BuddhistRoad
Former KHK Visiting Research Fellow 

Carmen Meinert holds the chair for Central Asian Religions at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) - a unique position in Religious Studies at German universities. Trained in Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Studies and Sinology, she aims to develop the field of Central Asian religions more systematically - also through international cooperations - and to integrate Central Asian and Tibetan Studies, so far niched in small disciplines and unrelated to other fields, into the larger framework of Comparative Religious Studies. Thereby in-depth philological, art historian or other case studies will become relevant to other fields - also connecting Central Asia to the geographically surrounding area studies in the East, West and South. By so doing, the academic discipline of Central Asian religions may mirror the pivotal role Central Asia has played throughout history.

Carmen Meinert has studied and conducted research at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg, Peking University, Sichuan University in Chengdu, Vienna, and at the renowned Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen. She had already been involved with Ruhr University Bochum before she became professor at CERES as a lecturer in the Department for East Asian Studies, a substitute professor for East Asian religions (twice), and a visiting research fellow at the prestigious Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe.

Newest Editions

2018. Buddhist Encounters and Identities Across East Asia, ed. by Carmen Meinert, Ann Heirman and Christoph Anderl, Dynamics in the History of Religion, Vol. 10, Brill, 436 pages.

2015. Transfer of Buddhism Across Central Asian Networks (7th to 13th Centuries), edited by Carmen Meinert, Dynamics in the History of Religion, Vol. 8, Brill: Leiden, 333 pages.

More about the study of Central Asian religions at CERES

Office Hours

on appointment

Areas of Research

Medieval Studies: Transfer of Buddhism in Central Asia, Tibet and China; Early Tantric and Esoteric Traditions in Tibet and China; Manuscript Studies (Dunhuang, Kharakhoto); Buddhism and Art; Buddhism and Violence; Contemporary Studies: Buddhism and Human Rights; Cultural Perspectives on Environmental and Climate Change

2018

Heirman, Ann, Carmen Meinert und Christoph Anderl, Hrsg. 2018. Buddhist encounters and identities across East Asia. Dynamics in the history of religions. Bd. 10. Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004366152, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004366152.

2016

Meinert, Carmen. 2016a. Assimiliation and transformation of esoteric buddhism in Tibet and China: a case study of the adaptation processes of violence in a ritual context. Zentralasiatische Studien 45: 341–360.
---, Hrsg. 2016b. Transfer of Buddhism Across Central Asian Networks (7th to 13th Centuries). Dynamics in the history of religions. Bd. 8. Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004307438, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004307438.
---. 2016c. Introduction - Dynamics of Buddhist transfer in Central Asia. In: Transfer of Buddhism Across Central Asian Networks (7th to 13th Centuries), 1–16.

2013

Meinert, Carmen. 2013a. Buddhist Traces in Song Daoism: a Case from Thunder-Rite (Leifa) Daoism. The e-journal of East and Central Asian religions 1, Nr. 1: 39–52. doi:10.2218/ejecar.2013.1.735, https://doi.org/10.2218/ejecar.2013.1.735.
---. 2013b. Assimilation and transformation of esoteric buddhism in Tibet and China: case study of the adaptation processes of violence in a ritual context. In: Tibet after Empire: culture, society and religion between 850-1000 : Proceedings of the Seminar Held in Lumbini, Nepal, March 2011, 295–312.
---. 2013c. Introduction - Climate and Culture in East-Asia. In: Nature, environment and culture in East Asia: the challenge of climate change, 1–20. doi:10.1163/9789004253049_002, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253049_002">https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253049_002.
---, Hrsg. 2013d. Nature, environment and culture in East Asia: the challenge of climate change. Climate and culture. Bd. 1. Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004253049, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253049.
Meinert, Carmen und Christian Gudehus. 2013. „From Worse to Better“: anti-desertification policies on the Tibetan Plateau in the past decades. In: Nature, environment and culture in East Asia: the challenge of climate change, 231–258. doi:10.1163/9789004253049_011, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253049_011">https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253049_011.

2011

Meinert, Carmen, Hrsg. 2011a. Buddha in der Jurte: Buddhistische Kunst aus der Mongolei. München: Hirmer.
---, Hrsg. 2011b. Buddha in the Yurt: Buddhist Art from Mongolia. Engl. Russ. ed. München: Hirmer.
---. 2011c. Introduction. In: Buddha in the Yurt: Buddhist Art from Mongolia, 1:6–30.
---. 2011d. Einleitung. In: Buddha in der Jurte: Buddhistische Kunst aus der Mongolei, 1:6–30.

2010

Meinert, Carmen, Hrsg. 2010a. Traces of humanism in China: tradition and modernity. Der Mensch im Netz der Kulturen. Bd. 6. Bielefeld: Transcript. doi:10.14361/9783839413517, https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839413517.
---. 2010b. „Glatte Worte und schmeichelnde Mienen …“: Humanistischer Anspruch und (in)humane Wirklichkeit in China. In: Kultur der Verantwortung - Verantwortung der Kultur: eine Vorlesungsreihe, 121–137.
---. 2010c. Introduction: In Search of Humaneness in China. In: Traces of humanism in China: tradition and modernity, 9–18. doi:10.14361/9783839413517-intro, https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839413517-intro">https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839413517-intro.
---. 2010. Lun Chanding muju de jiegou: Sheng ru wu fenbie zongchi jing ‘si zhengxing’ yu Chanding muju sige zhuyao zhangjie zhi bijiao. In: Historical and philological studies of China’s western regions: dedicated to Prof. Wang Yao's 80th birthday, 149–164.
Meinert, Carmen und Hans-Bernd Zöllner. 2010a. Introduction. In: Buddhist approaches to human rights: dissonances and resonances, 9–20. doi:10.14361/9783839412633-intro, https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839412633-intro">https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839412633-intro.
---, Hrsg. 2010b. Buddhist approaches to human rights: dissonances and resonances. Der Mensch im Netz der Kulturen. 1. Auflage. Bd. 3. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. doi:10.14361/9783839412633, https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839412633.

2009

Meinert, Carmen. 2009. Gangkar Rinpoché between Tibet and China: A Tibetan Lama among Ethnic Chinese in the 1930s to 1950s. In: Buddhism between Tibet and China, 215–238.
Schroeder, Ulrich von, Heidi von Schroeder und Carmen Meinert. 2009. Tibetan Art of the Alain Bordier Foundation. 1st ed. Hong Kong: Visual Dharma Pub.

2008

Meinert, Carmen. 2008. Gestückelte Schriften: Überlieferungsgeschichten der dem Meditationsmeister Wolun zugeschriebenen Dunhuang-Manuskripte. Oriens extremus 47: 215–245.

2007

Meinert, Carmen. 2007a. The Conjunction of Chinese Chan and Tibetan rDzogs chen Thought: Reflections on the Tibetan Dunhuang Manuscripts IOL Tib J 689-1 and PT 699. In: Contributions to the cultural history of early Tibet, 239–301. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004160644.i-310.43, https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004160644.i-310.43.
---. 2007b. A pliable Life: facts and fiction about the figure of the Chinese meditation master Wolun. Oriens extremus 46: 184–210.

2006

Meinert, Carmen. 2006a. Between the profane and the sacred?: On the context of the rite of “Liberation“ (sgrol ba). In: Buddhism and violence, 99–130.
---. 2006b. The Legend of Cig car ba Criticism in Tibet: a List of Six Cig car ba Titles in the Chos ’byung me tog snying po of Nyang Nyi ma ’od zer (12th century). In: Tibetan Buddhist Literature and Praxis: Studies in its Formative Period, 900-1400 ; PIATS 2003, 31–54.
---. 2006c. Plötzliches oder allmähliches Erwachen:  konträre Positionen im chinesischen Meditationsbuddhismus. In: Gewalt und Gewaltlosigkeit im Buddhismus: Vorträge aus dem Wintersemester 2004/2005 ; Vortragsmanuskripte, 17–37. https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/4-publikationen/buddhismus-in-geschichte-und-gegenwart/bd9-k02meinert.pdf.

2004

Meinert, Carmen. 2004. Chinesische Chan- und tibetische rDzogs chen-Lehre: eine komparatistische Untersuchung im Lichte des philosophischen Heilskonzeptes „Nicht-Vorstellen“ anhand der Dunhuang-Dokumente des chinesischen Chan-Meister Wolun und des Werkes bSam gtan mig sgron des tibetischen Gelehrten gNubs chen Sangs rgyas ye shes. Bonn. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:5-03799.

2003

Meinert, Carmen. 2003. Structural analysis of the bSam gtan mig sgron: a comparison of the fourfold correct practice in the Āryāvikalpapraveśanāmadhāraņī and the Contents of the Four Main Chapters of the bSam gtan mig sgron. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 26, Nr. 1: 175–195.

2002

Meinert, Carmen. 2002. Chinese Chan and Tibetan Rdzogs Chen: Preliminary Remarks on Two Tibetan Dunhuang Manuscripts. In: Religion and secular culture in Tibet, 289–307.

1996

Meinert, Carmen. 1996. Weisheit und Liebe: 1000 Jahre Kunst des tibetischen Buddhismus ; [anlässlich der Ausstellung Weisheit und Liebe - 1000 Jahre Kunst des Tibetischen Buddhismus, die vom 10. Mai bis 25. August 1996 in der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, stattfindet ; Stationen der Ausstellung Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 17. April - 18. August 1991 ... Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, August - September 1997]. Hg. von Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A. F. Thurman, und Britta Lanzerath. Expanded ed. Köln: DuMont.

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