List of all IATS Seminars

1st IATS SeminarEthnographic Museum of the University of Zürich, ZürichPer Kværne, Martin BrauenJUN 26 – JUL 1, 1977
2nd IATS SeminarSt John’s College, OxfordMichael ArisJUL 1 – 7, 1979
3rd IATS SeminarColumbia University, New YorkBarbara Nimri AzizJUL 25 – 31, 1982
4th IATS Seminar*Schloss Hohenkammer, MunichHelga Uebach, Jampa L. PanglungJUL 21 – 27, 1985
5th IATS SeminarNaritasan Institute for Buddhist Studies, NaritaZuihō Yamaguchi,
Shōren Ihara
AUG 27 – SEP 2, 1989
6th IATS SeminarICRHC (Oslo), FagernesPer KværneAUG 21 – 28, 1992
7th IATS SeminarIKGA (Wien), Schloss SeggauErnst SteinkellnerJUN 18 – 24, 1995
8th IATS SeminarIndiana Bloomington University, BloomingtonElliot SperlingJUL 25 – 31, 1998
9th IATS SeminarLeiden University, LeidenHenk BlezerJUN 24 – 30, 2000
10th IATS SeminarSt Hugh’s College, OxfordCharles RambleSEP 6 – 12, 2003
11th IATS SeminarBonn University (Seminar for Central Asian Studies), KönigswinterPeter SchwiegerAUG 27 – SEP 2, 2006
12th IATS SeminarUniversity of British Columbia, VancouverTsering ShakyaAUG 15 – 21, 2010
13th IATS SeminarMongolian Academy of Sciences & National University of Mongolia, UlanbaatarS. Chuluun (MAS),
D. Bum-Ochir (NUM), U. Bulag (Cambridge),
U. Roesler (Oxford)
JUL 21 – 27, 2013
14th IATS SeminarUniversity of Bergen, BergenHanna HavnevikJUN 19 – 25, 2016
15th IATS SeminarINALCO, CNRS, EPHE & EFEO, ParisFabienne Jagou, Matthew Kapstein, Françoise Pommaret, Françoise Robin, Nicolas SihléJUL 7 – 13, 2019
16th IATS SeminarCharles University (Faculty of Arts) & Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, PragueDaniel Berounský, Jarmila PtáčkováJUL 3 – 9, 2022
17th IATS SeminarDulikhel2026
* In the context of the Munich seminar, it was decided it should be considered as the 4th IATS Seminar, retrospectively counting the 1977 Seminar of Young Tibetologists as the 1st IATS Seminar (similarly to some of the prestigious Tibetan reincarnation lineages). This decision then affected the numbering of the 2nd and 3rd Seminars, too.

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In Memoriam: Jeffrey Hopkins (1940–2024)

Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Jeffrey Hopkins passed away in Vancouver (BC) overnight following complications with cancer.

Born Paul Jeffrey Hopkins in Barrington, Rhode Island in 1940, Hopkins attended Pomfret Preparatory School, following which he matriculated at Harvard University. It was there that he met his fellow student Robert Thurman, who in turn, encouraged him to pursue their mutual studies with Geshe Wangyal in Freewood Acres, New Jersey.

After four years of study with Geshe Wangyal and his community of scholars and practitioners, Hopkins matriculated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to pursue an advanced degree in Buddhist Studies under Richard Robinson. Working closely with the former abbot of the Gomang College of Drepung Monastic University, Kensur Ngawang Lekden, as well as other learned scholars from the Tibetan tradition, Hopkins completed his PhD in 1973, “Meditation on Emptiness,” an extensive response to T.R.V. Murti’s contention that meditation in Prāsaṅgika-Mādhyamika lacked an object, a work that was eventually published by Wisdom Publications in 1983.

Hopkins’s first academic appointment was in the Religious Studies department at the University of Virginia, where he proceeded to build what would become the premier program of studies in Tibetan Buddhism in the Western hemisphere, serving as advisor to eighteen completed Ph.D. and thirty-one masters students, and where he remained throughout the rest of his academic career until his retirement in 2005.

In his personal reflections and autobiographical writings, Hopkins stated that he remembered elements of his previous life as a monk in Tibet, including the manner of his death. In addition, as a child, he maintained that he had a private language in which he thought, and from which he needed to translate into English when speaking with others. Having abandoned his internal language around the age of ten for the ease of communicating in English, it was not until he began his studies with Geshe Wangyal in the 1960s that he realized that the private internal language of his childhood was Tibetan.

Feeling a close personal connection to Tibet, throughout his career, Hopkins performed many additional roles in the larger sphere of Tibetan Buddhism, such as serving as the Dalai Lama’s official interpreter from 1976 to 1996, testifying before the U.S. congress as an expert witness on the Tibetan political situation, as well as organizing conferences and the visitations of leading Tibetan scholars to the University of Virginia for his students to study with.

He was 83 years old.

Paul Hackett

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