Berthe Katrien Jansen

1980 –
Tibetology, Tibetan monastic institutions, Buddhist philosophy
Tibet, Himalayan region

Curriculum vitae

2015 (Jan.)-present: post-doc in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice
2010-2015: PhD candidate in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice

1980born in Amsterdam
1998examination Barlaeus Gymnasium, Amsterdam
2000-2003courses in Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India
2003-2005Tibetan language and interpreting at the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program, Dharamsala, India
2004-presentfreelance interpreter of Tibetan for among others: Buddhist teachers (among whom the Dalai Lama), Amnesty International, lawyers and courthouses, Dutch television, and the documentaries ‘The Only Son’ (2012) and ‘Carnot Straat 17’ (2015)
2005-2008BA Languages and Cultures in India and Tibet, Leiden University
2005-2008interpreter (part-time), Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
2008-2010MA Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Oxford University
2010-2014PhD researcher, VICI-project ‘Buddhism and Social Justice’, Leiden University
2015post-doc in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice (Jan. 2015 – June 2015)
2015PhD under the supervision of J.A. Silk, Leiden University
2015-2016visiting Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, LIAS, Leiden University (August, 2015 – end date 30 June, 2016)
2015-2016visiting research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence, Asia-Europe, University of Heidelberg (September, 2015- end date 31 March, 2016)
2015-present post-doc in the VICI project Buddhism and Social Justice, Leiden University

Special activities and positions

  • Member of the LIAS Advisory Council, 2011-2013
  • Board member of the International Seminar for Young Tibetologists, 2012-present
  • Co-organizer of conferences among which ‘Buddhism and Social Justice’ (Leiden University 2014) and ‘Perspectives on women and women’s perspectives in Tibetan Buddhist societies (17th to the 20th centuries)’ (Leiden University 2015)
  • Contributor and lecturer at many conferences (Leipzig, Leiden, Kyoto, Tokyo, Paris etc.), 2010-present
  • Editor for ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol. 2: Persons and Personages, 2015-present



2012  Review of: Sam van Schaik, Tibet: a history, New Haven, CT etc.: Yale University Press 2011. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 2: 255-58.
2013  “How to tame a wild monastic elephant: Drepung Monastery according to the Great Fifth.” In: Charles Ramble, Peter Schwieger, and Alice Travers (eds), The Tibetans that escaped the historian’s net: studies in the social history of Tibetan societies, Kathmandu, pp. 111-139. pdf
“Zelfverbrandingen gericht op ommekeer Chinees overheidsbeleid” (Self-immolations for policy-change in China). China Nu 38,2: 18-22.
“Belgische jongen mag naar India om Boeddhistisch monnik te worden” (Belgian boy is allowed to become a Buddhist monk in India). leidenreligieblog
2014  “The monastic guidelines (bCa’ yig) by Sidkeong Tulku: monasteries, sex and reform in Sikkim.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Third Series) 24,4: 597-622.
“Selection at the gate: access to the monkhood and social mobility in traditional Tibet.” In: Tsuguhito Takeuchi et al. (eds), Current issues and progress in Tibetan studies: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Kobe 2012 (Journal of Research Institute 51), Kobe: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, pp. 137-164. pdf
2015  The monastery rules: buddhist monastic organization in pre-modern Tibet, Leiden: Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). – PhD thesis Leiden University.
Review of: Jane Caple, Seeing beyond the state? The negotiation of moral boundaries in the revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in contemporary China (PhD Leeds University 2011).
“Monastic organizational guidelines.” In: Jonathan Silk et al. (eds), Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism vol. 1: Preview, Leiden: Brill, pp. 442-49.
& Jonathan Samuels, “Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.” In: Jonathan Silk et al. (eds), Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism vol. 1, Leiden: Brill, pp. 621-38.
“Over aardbevingen, kloosters en dubbele karma-punten. (On earthquakes, monasteries, and double karma-credits) leidenreligieblog
2016 “Monastic Guidelines (bCa’ yig): Tibetan social history from a Buddhist studies perspective.” In: Jeannine Bischoff and Saul Mullard (eds), Social regulation: case studies from Tibetan history (Proceedings of the International Association of Tibetan Studies Conference, Ulan Baatar, 2013), Leiden: Brill, pp. 64-98.
“The Disciplinarian (dge skos/ dge bskos/ chos khrims pa/ zhal ngo) in Tibetan monasteries: his role and his rules.” Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines 37:145–161.
“De Dalai Lama: een boeddhistische vluchteling over te veel vluchtelingen (The Dalai Lama: a Buddhist refugee on ‘too many refugees’).”
2017 “Serendipity among books: the van Manen Collection at the Asian Library.” In: Alexander Reeuwijk (ed.), Voyage of discovery. Leiden: Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library, Leiden: Leiden University Press, pp. 126-131.
Review of: Christopher Hatchell, Naked Seeing: The Great Perfection, the Wheel of Time, and Visionary Buddhism in Renaissance Tibet, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. International Journal of Asian Studies 14/2: 226-227.
Review of: Shayne Clarke, Family matters in Indian Buddhist monasticism, Hawai’i University Press 2014. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 40/1: 2: 211-13.
2018The monastery rules: Buddhist monastic organization in pre-modern Tibet. Berkeley: The university of California Press.
2020 “The origins of Tibetan law: some notes on intertextuality and the reception history of Tibetan legal texts.” Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines 55: 221-244.
“Law and order during the Lhasa great prayer festival.” In: Bischoff J., Maurer P. & Ramble C. (eds), On a day of a month of the fire bird year: Festschrift for Peter Schwieger on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Lumbini: LIRI, pp. 415-435.
2021 “From sacred commodity to religio-economic conundrum: tracing the Tibetan term dKor. Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines 57: 162-192.
2022 “Building a religious empire: Tibetan Buddhism, bureaucracy, and the Rise of the Gelukpa.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 90(1): 287-290.

“A preliminary investigation into Monk-tax: grwa khral/ btsun khral/ ban khral and its meanings.” In: Charles Ramble, Peter Schwieger and Alice Travers (eds), When the taxman cometh: tax, corvée and community obligations in Tibetan Societies, Leiden: Brill.
De Soetra van het Gouden Licht : a translation of the Suvarṇaprabhasottama sūtra from the Tibetan and Sanskrit into Dutch, to be published as an in house publication by the Maitreya Instituut.
A translation of the Vajracchedikā sūtra from the Tibetan and Sanksrit into Dutch, to be published as an in house publication by the Maitreya Instituut.