Georgios T. Halkias

Dr Georgios T. Halkias is currently Assistant Professor of Buddhism at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong.  He received his DPhil in Oriental Studies (Tibetan and Himalayan Studies) in 2006 at the University of Oxford and has extensive fieldwork experience in India and Nepal. He specializes in Tibetan Buddhism,  the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet, and Himalayan history and culture. Dr Halkias has been a  Visiting Associate Researcher at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford since 2007, and a Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies since 2009.

Previous  posts include:

Research Fellow and Coordinator for Religions of Central Asia, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 2011-2012  http://www.ceres.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/people/details/georgios-halkias/

British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, 2010-2011 http://www.soas.ac.uk/religions/staff/

Research Fellow, Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, April 2009 to December 2009  http://ikgf-server.vm.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

Research Assistant, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2007-2008 http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/index.php?id=160

Select Publications

Luminous Bliss: a Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet. With an Annotated Translation and Critical Analysis of the Orgyen-ling golden short Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra. University of Hawai‘i Press, 348 pages, 2012. http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8933-9780824835903.aspx

Contemporary Visions in Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the First International Seminar of Young Tibetologists SOAS, London 2007. Co-edited with Brandon Dotson et al. Chicago: Serindia Publications, 416 pages, 2009. http://www.serindia.com/item.cfm/455

“The Earliest Scriptural Transmissions of Pure Land Buddhism in Tibet.” The Middle Way Journal, Vol. 87. No 1, 2012: 27-30.

“The Muslim Queens of the Himalayas: Princess Exchange in Ladakh and Baltistan.” In Islam-Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes, eds. Anna Akasoy et al. Ashgate Publications, 2011: 231-252.

“Compassionate Aspirations and their fulfilment: Dol-po-pa’s A Prayer for Birth in Sukhāvatī.” In As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kālachakra Tantra in Honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, ed. Edward Arnold. Snow Lion Publications, 2009: 259-275.

“Loss of Memory and Continuity of Praxis in Rampur-Bashahr: an Itinerant Study of Seventeenth-Century Tibetan Murals.” In Contemporary Visions in Tibetan Studies, eds. Brandon Dotson et al. Serindia Publications, 2009:139-155.

“Until the Feathers of the Winged Black Raven Turn White: Sources for the Tibet-Bashahr Treaty of 1679-1684.” In Mountains, Monasteries and Mosques: Recent Research on Ladakh and the Western Himalaya, eds. John Bray et al. Supplement to Rivista Degli Studi Orientali, Nuova Serie, Volume LXXX, 2009: 61-86.

“Buddhist Meditation Traditions in Tibet: The Union of the Three Vehicles.” In Buddhist Meditation: An Introduction, Chapter Eight, ed. Sharah Shaw. Rutledge Press, 2008: 159-186.

“Between Breaths.” In Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture, ed. Monika Bakker. Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2007: 48-61.

“Pure-Lands and other Visions in Seventeenth-Century Tibet: a Gnam-chos sādhana for the pure-land Sukhāvatī revealed in 1658 by Gnam-chos Mi-’gyur-rdo-rje (1645-1667).” In Power, Politics and the Reinvention of Tradition: Tibet in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century, eds. Brian Cuevas et al. Brill Publishers, 2006: 121-151.

“Tibetan Buddhism Registered: Imperial Archives from the Palace-Temple of ’Phang-thang.” The Eastern Buddhist, Kyoto. Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 1 and 2, 2004: 46-105.

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“Tibetan Buddhism Registered: Imperial Archives from the Palace-Temple of ’Phang-thang.” The Eastern Buddhist, Kyoto. Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 1 and 2, 2004: 46-105. [PDF]

“The Muslim Queens of the Himalayas: Princess Exchange in Ladakh and Baltistan.” In Islam-Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes, eds. Anna Akasoy et al. Ashgate Publications, 2011: 231-252. [PDF]