Biography of Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies

Department of Religious Studies
Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA


May 05–present:  Director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies (Division of International Comparative & Area Studies)

Oct 03–present:   Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies, Stanford University

Apr–Oct 03:         Postdoc research fellowship at the University of Munich in Indian Studies

Apr 02–Mar 03:    Directing the Nepal Research Centre in Kathmandu (an institute of the German Oriental Society) and the Nepalese branch of the Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project (NGMCP) (a joint project between His Majesty’s Government of Nepal and the Asia-Africa Institute of the University of Hamburg) in Nepal

Apr 00–Mar 02:     Instructor and lecturer in Indian Studies, Hamburg University; working for the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP); preparing the title-catalogue of more than 150,000 texts for digital publication

Educational Background

2000         Ph.D.  University of Hamburg in Indology; Dissertation: “The Tathagatagarbhasutra: A Text-critical and Philosophical Analysis with an Annotated Translation from the Tibetan Canonical Version” (passed with summa cum laude)

1996         M.A.  University of Hamburg in Indology, Tibetology, Japanology; Thesis: “The Nine Illustrations of the Buddha-Nature in the Tathagatagarbhasutra”

1988          Business Manager Diploma: Joint Project between the Robert Bosch Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Stuttgart - Nürnberg, Germany)