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Dr Dylan Esler

Institution / Instelling:Center for Religious Studies (CERES), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institut Orientaliste (CIOL), Université catholique de Louvain
Contact:jampalde@yahoo.co.uk
Methodologieën / Methodologies:Filosofie / Philosophie, Godsdienstgeschiedenis / Histoire des religions, Literatuur / Littérature, Religion comparée / Vergelijkende godsdienst
Onderwerpen / Sujets:Ecrits Saints / Heilige Schriften, Hagiologie & Heiligen / Hagiologie & Femmes Saintes-Hommes Saints, Mysticisme, Riten / Rites
Perioden / Périodes:Ca. 500 – ca. 1000 CE, Ca. 1000 – ca. 1500 CE
Regio's / Régions:Asie (algemene) / Azië (algemeen), Asie Centrale / Centraal-Azië
Grote tradities / Traditions majeures:Asie / Azië, Boeddhisme / Bouddhisme

Publicaties | Publications

Articles in peer review publications

• ‘Yamāntaka’s Wrathful Magic: An Instance of the Ritual Legacy of gNubs chen Sangs rgyas ye shes on the Byang gter Tradition via the Figure of rGya Zhang khrom’, in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no.62, February 2022, pp.190-215.

• ‘Negotiating the Absence of Ritual: Dzogchen in the Tantric Manuscripts of Dunhuang and Beyond’, in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.44, 2021, pp.409-440.

• with Yukiyo Kasai, ‘Introduction—Buddhist Rituals and Practices in Central Asia: Texts and Material Culture’, in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.44, 2021, pp.405-408.

• ‘Non-Duality in Chan, Tantra and rDzogs-chen: An Essay in the Transversal Enquiry of Metaphysical Paradigms’, in Counet, Jean-Michel (ed.), La non-dualité : Perspectives philosophiques, scientifiques, spirituelles, Leuven: Peeters / Louvain-la-Neuve: Éditions de l’Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, 2021, pp.51-73.

• ‘The Phurpa Root Tantra of Nyang-rel Nyima Özer’s (1124-1192, Tib. Myang ral Nyi ma ’od zer) Eightfold Buddha Word, Embodying the Sugatas (Tib. bKa’ brgyad bDe gshegs ’dus pa) Corpus: A Thematic Overview and Philological Analysis’, BuddhistRoad Paper 7.1, 2020. (145 pp.) DOI: 10.46586/rub.br.155.131

• ‘The Fruition in a Comparative Perspective’, in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.40, 2017, pp.159-188.

• ‘Moving from the Conditioned towards the Ineffable: Referential Imaging and its Absence in Buddhist Meditation’, in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, vol.93:3, September 2017, pp.431-443.

• ‘L’Époque dynastique de l’empire tibétain’, in Acta Orientalia Belgica, vol.30 [= Dieux, génies, anges et démons dans les cultures orientales & Florilegium Indiae Orientalis, Jean-Marie Verpoorten in honorem (ed. Christophe Vielle, Christian Cannuyer & Dylan Esler), Bruxelles: Société Royale Belge d'Études Orientales], 2017, pp.241-252.

• ‘Traces of Abhidharma in the bSam-gtan mig-sgron (Tibet, Tenth Century)’, in Dessein, Bart, and Teng, Weijen (eds.), Text, History, and Philosophy: Abhidharma across Buddhist Scholastic Traditions, Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp.314-349.

• ‘Méditation graduelle au Tibet ancien’, in Les Cahiers Bouddhiques, no.8, January 2015, pp.97-121.

• ‘On the Life of gNubs-chen Sangs-rgyas ye-shes’, in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no.29, April 2014, pp.5-27.

• ‘The Exposition of Atiyoga in gNubs-chen Sangs-rgyas ye-shes’ bSam-gtan mig-sgron’, in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no.24 (Special issue), October 2012, pp.81-136.

• ‘Note d’oniromancie tibétaine : réflexions sur le Chapitre 4 du bSam-gtan mig-sgron de gNubs-chen sangs-rgyas ye-shes’, in Acta Orientalia Belgica, vol.25, 2012, pp.317-328.

 

Other specialist articles

• – as translator (from Tibetan): Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin, ‘Assessing the Greatness of Tibet’s Early Translations according to Rong-zom Mahāpaṇḍita’, in Temenos Academy Review, no.16, 2013, pp.21-42.

 • ‘Discovering Treasure: A Mode of Scriptural Revelation in the rNying-ma School of Tibetan Buddhism’, in Temenos Academy Review, no.15, 2012, pp.117-145.

• ‘rDzogs-chen and Heidegger: A Confluence of Thought or a Mistaken Conflation?’, in Roy, Prabitrakumar (ed.), Buddhism, World Culture and Human Values, Sarnath: CIHTS, 2009, pp.1-19.

• ‘The Light of “Perennial Philosophy” on the Study of Religion’, in Sophia, vol.13:1, Spring/Summer 2007, pp.81-113.

• ‘The Origins and Early History of rDzogs chen’, in The Tibet Journal, vol.30:3, Autumn 2005, pp.33-62.

 

Book reviews

• ‘Review of Butters, Albion M.: Illuminating the Goal. Rdzogs Chen and Doxography in 14th-Century Tibet’, in Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, vol.116: 4-5, 2021, pp.410-413. https://doi.org/10.1515/olzg-2021-0131

• ‘Compte-rendu de: Cantwell, Cathy, Dudjom Rinpoche’s Vajrakīlaya Works: A Study in Authoring, Compiling, and Editing in the Tibetan Revelatory Tradition’, in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no.56, October 2020, pp.305-314.

• ‘Compte-rendu de: Henrion-Dourcy, Isabelle, Le théâtre ache lhamo: Jeux et enjeux d’une tradition tibétaine’, in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no.54, April 2020, pp.261-266.

• ‘Review of Tadeusz Skorupski, Kriyāsaṃgraha: Compendium of Buddhist Rituals – An Abridged Version’, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.67:2, 2004, pp.264f.

 

General interest articles

• ‘Entering the Hidden Land of Pemakö’, in The Middle Way, vol.83:2, August 2008, pp.95-104.

• ‘Le Mantra de Stockhausen’, in Kulturissimo, no.65, 14 février 2008, pp.34f.

• ‘L’approche tibétaine de le mort’, in Kulturissimo, no.63, 20 décembre 2007, pp.36f.

• ‘A Vision of Unity – Outlines of a Holistic Worldview’, in Journal of Dharma, vol.32:2, April-June 2007, pp.181-190.

 

Edited volumes

Buddhist Rituals and Practices in Central Asia: Texts and Material Culture (Special panel, ed. Dylan Esler & Yukiyo Kasai), in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.44, 2021, pp.405-556.

Dieux, génies, anges et démons dans les cultures orientales & Florilegium Indiae Orientalis, Jean-Marie Verpoorten in honorem (ed. Christophe Vielle, Christian Cannuyer & Dylan Esler), Bruxelles: Société Royale Belge d'Études Orientales, 2017 (Acta Orientalia Belgica, vol.30).

(xxx, 402 pp.)

 

Translations of Tibetan Buddhist texts

• Dudjom Rinpoche, The Bountiful Cow of Accomplishments: Directives for the Two Phases of the Profound Path of the Khandro Thugthig, Khye’u-chung Lotsāpa Translations (Edited by Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin, translated by Dylan Esler), Norderstedt: BoD, 2015.

(xviii, 116 pp.: Tibetan text with English translation)

• Dudjom Lingpa / Dudjom Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, The Gladdening Laughter of the ākinī: The Activity Rite of the Terrifying Tamer of Demons, the Fierce Sihamukhā, Khye’u-chung Lotsāpa Translations (Edited by Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin, translated by Dylan Esler and Nicolas Chong, with a Preface by Dr Jean-Luc Achard), Sarnath: NSWC, Central University of Tibetan Studies, 2011.

(xiv, 163 pp.: Tibetan text with English translation)