Short bio

Kurt Tropper studied Latin and Physical Education at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg from 1981 to 1987 and completed his studies with the first state examination for the teaching profession at secondary schools (M.A. equivalent). After travelling around the world for several years, he enrolled in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna (Ph.D. conferred in 2001). He joined the Institute in 2013 as the principal researcher in the projects “Historical and religious inscriptions in mNga’ ris (Western Tibet, PR China)” and “The Jātaka inscriptions at Zha lu Monastery”, both financed by the Austrian Science Fund.


Kurt Tropper, 2016
The Inscription in the ’Du khang of Dgung ’phur Monastery, Spu rang (Mnga’ ris). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2016 (download [open access] or order online).

Kurt Tropper, 2008
The Founding Inscription in the gSer khaṅ of Lalung (Spiti, Himachal Pradesh). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 2008 (download introduction, pp. 1–19).

Kurt Tropper, 2005
Die Jātaka-Inschriften im skor lam chen mo des Klosters Zha lu: Einführung, textkritische Studie, Edition der Paneele 1–8 mit Sanskritparallelen und deutscher Übersetzung. (WSTB 63.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2005 (download pp. 1–156 and 271–280 / order online).

Kurt Tropper 1996
Die Akṣobhyavyūhasūtra-Inschrift in Alchi. Ein Beitrag zur Kanjurforschung. Wien 1996 (Vienna University MA-thesis). (Download here)

Edited volumes

Kurt Tropper (ed.), 2014
Epigraphic Evidence in the Pre-Modern Buddhist World: Proceedings of the Eponymous Conference Held in Vienna, 14-15 Oct. 2011. (WSTB 85.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2014 (download [open access] or order online).

Kurt Tropper, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub (eds.), 2013
Tibetan Inscriptions: Proceedings of a Panel Held at the Twelfth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Vancouver 2010. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2013 (order online).

Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Kurt Tropper, Christian Jahoda (eds.), 2007
Text, Image and Song in Transdisciplinary Dialogue. (Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the IATS, 2003, Volume 7.) Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2007 (order online).