Johannes Bronkhorst

1946 –
Sanskrit, Indian studies
emeritus professor

Curriculum vitae

1946born in Schiedam on July 17
1964final examination gymnasium B, Vlaardingen
1964-1968studies of physics, mathematics with astronomy, VU Amsterdam
1969-1972study of Sanskrit, Jaipur
1972-1974study of Sanskrit and Pali, Poona
1975-1979continued study of Sanskrit and Pali, Poona
1979PhD under the supervision of S. D. Joshi, Poona
1980PhD under the supervision of T. Vetter, Leiden
1980-1987postgraduate researcher Indian studies, Leiden
1987-2011full professor of Sanskrit, Indian studies, Lausanne


  • Houben, Jan E.M., “Johannes Bronkhorst and Indian studies.” In: F. Voegeli et al. (eds), Devadattīyam: Johannes Bronkhorst felicitation volume, Bern etc. 2012 (Worlds of South and inner Asia 5), pp. 1-8.
  • “Johannes Bronkhorst: an ongoing bibliography.” In: F. Voegeli et al. (eds), Devadattīyam: Johannes Bronkhorst felicitation volume, Bern etc. 2012 (Worlds of South and inner Asia 5), pp. 825-847.

Publications: 1979-1987

Bronkhorst’s publications in his Leiden/Dutch period, including some later works related to Dutch Indology, are listed. For a complete list of his works, see his personal page on the site of the Université de Lausanne.
1979 “Yāska’s classification of nipātas.” ABORI 60: 137-149.
1980  Theoretical aspects of P āṇini’s grammar, Leiden. – PhD thesis Leiden.
“The role of meanings in Pāṇini’s grammar.” Indian Linguistics 40: 146-157.
“Asiddha in the Aṣṭādhyāyī: a misunderstanding among the traditional commentators?” JIP 8: 69-85.
1981  “Nirukta and Aṣṭādhyāyī: their shared presuppositions.” IIJ 23: 1-14.
“The orthoepic diaskeuasis of the Ṛgveda and the date of Pāṇini.” IIJ 23: 83-95.
“Yoga and seśvara Sāṃkhya.” JIP 9: 309-320.
“Meaning entries in Pāṇini’s Dhātupāṭha.” JIP 9: 335-357.
“On some Vedic quotations in Bhartṛhari’s works.” SII 7: 173-175.
1982  “Some observations on the Padapāṭha of the Ṛgveda.” IIJ 24: 181-189.
“The variationist Pāṇini and Vedic.” IIJ 24: 273-282.
“The Ṛgveda-Prātiśākhya and its śākhā.” SII 8/9: 77-95.
“Early evidence for Jaina meditation in the Buddhist canon.” Tulasī-Prajñā (The Journal of the Jain Vishva Bharati; Ladnun, Rajasthan, India) 7: 14-42.
Review of: S.D. Joshi and J.A.F. Roodbergen, Patañjali’s Vyākaraṇa-Mahābhāṣya: Vibhaktyāhnika, Poona 1980. IIJ 24: 302-305.
Review of: Wilhelm Rau (ed.), Vākyapadīyaprameyasaṃgraha: ein anonymes Scholion zum zweiten Kāṇḍa des Vākyapadīya, München 1981. Kratylos 27 (1982)[1983]: 78-81.
1983  “On the history of Pāṇinian grammar in the early centuries following Patañjali.” JIP 11: 357-412.
“God in Sāṃkhya.” WZKS 27: 149-164.
1984  “Nirukta, Uṇādi Sūtra, and Aṣṭādhyāyī.” IIJ 27: 1-15.
“Akālika in the Buddhist canon.” SII 10: 187-190.
“Patañjali and the Yoga sūtras.” SII 10: 191-212.
Review of: Paul Kiparsky, Some theoretical problems in Pāṇini’s grammar, Poona 1982. IIJ 27: 309-314.
1985  “A possible quotation from the Niruktavārttika known to Durga in the Yuktidīpikā.” In: Proceedings of the Vth World Sanskrit Conference, New–Delhi: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, pp. 90-100.
“Pāṇini and the Kramapāṭha of the Ṛgveda.” ABORI 66: 185-191.
“The origin of an Indian dietary rule: evidence for a lost Mānava work on Dharma.” Aligarh Journal of Oriental Studies 2,1/2 (Ram Suresh Tripathi commemoration volume): 123-132.
“Dharma and Abhidharma.” BSOAS 48: 305-320.
“Nāgārjuna and the Naiyāyikas.” JIP13: 107-132.
“On the chronology of the Tattvārtha Sūtra and some early commentaries.” WZKS 29: 155-184.
1986  The two traditions of meditation in ancient India, Stuttgart (Alt- und Neu-Indische Studien 28). – 2nd ed. Delhi 1993; reprint 2000.
Tradition and argument in classical Indian linguistics: the Bahiraṅga-Paribhāṣā in the Paribhāṣenduśekhara, Dordrecht. (Studies in Classical India 6).
“Tantra and Prasaṅga.” Aligarh Journal of Oriental Studies 3: 77-80.
1987  Edition and translation, with notes, of the Mahābhāṣyadīpikā of Bhartṛhari, Ahnika I, Poona (Post-Graduate and Research Department Series 28).
Three problems pertaining to the Mahābhāṣya, Poona (Post-Graduate and Research Department Series 30, “Pandit Shripad Shastri Deodhar Memorial Lectures” [Third Series]).
“Further remarks on Bhartṛhari’s Vedic affiliation.” Studies in Indian Culture: S. Ramachandra Rao felicitation volume, Bangalore, pp. 216-223.
Review of: Toru Yagi, Le Mahābhāṣya ad Pāṇini 6.4.1-19, Paris 1984 (Publications de l’Institut de Civilisation Indienne 8,50). IIJ 30: 111-112.
Review of: Madhav M. Deshpande, Ellipsis and syntactic overlapping: current issues’ in Pāṇinian syntactic theory, Poona (Post-graduate and Research Department Series 24) 1985. IIJ 30: 296-301.
Review of: Wilhelm Rau, Die vedischen Zitate im Vyākaraṇa-Mahābhāṣya, Mainz 1985. Kratylos 32: 52-57.
1990  General editor of: Panels of the VIIth world Sanskrit conference: Kern Institute, Leiden, Augustus 23-29, 1987, 11 vols, Leiden 1990-1992.
1996  “Sanskrit and reality: the Buddhist contribution.” In: Jan E.M. Houben (ed.), Ideology and status of Sanskrit: contributions to the history of the Sanskrit language, Leiden (Brill’s Indological Library 13), pp. 109-135.
1999  Why is there philosophy in India? Amsterdam (Sixth Gonda lecture, held on 13 November 1998 on the premises of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences).
2004  “Śaṅkara and Bhāskara on Vaiśeṣika.” In: H.W. Bodewitz and Minoru Hara (eds), Gedenkschrift J.W. de Jong, Tokyo (Studia Philologica Buddhica monograph series 17), pp. 27-38.
2009  “Hendrik Kern and the body of the Buddha” AS/EA 63,1: 7-27.