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The Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) is a research facility of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In terms of geo­graphic and cultural area, research is done on East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia, which encom­passes the fields of Indo­logy, Tibeto­logy, Sino­logy, Japano­logy, Buddhist Studies and Reli­gious Studies. The research focus at the IKGA lies in the editing and analysis of original textual sources related to the philosophical and religious history of India and Tibet, as well as studies on the religious and mentality history of Japan. Most of the research deals with pre-modern history, attempting thereby at providing a basis for an understanding of the traditional foundations of the thought and action in modern Asian societies.


IKGA Colloquium

The institute's colloquium takes place monthly every first Tuesday between and (c.t.). The colloqium is a platform for discussing current research at the institute and research literature. Guests are very welcome; in order to receive material please write to

Upcoming topics

  • 4.4.2017: Stefan Köck, “They give up the Buddha but still visit temples in secret” – An outline of the project “Shintō-uke – Religious Control via Shintō-Shrines”

New Publications


Kurt Tropper, 2016
The Inscription in the ’Du khang of Dgung ’phur Monastery, Spu rang (Mnga’ ris). (BKGA 93.) Wien: VÖAW, 2016 (order online).
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Klaus-Dieter Mathes, 2016
A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa`s Collection of Texts on Non-conceptual Realization (Amanasikāra). (BKGA 90.) Wien: VÖAW, 2016 (order online).
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Alessandro Graheli, 2016
History and Transmission of the Nyāyamañjarī: Critical Edition of the Section on the Sphoṭa. (BKGA 91.) Wien: VÖAW, 2016 (order online).
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Xuezhu Li, Yoshimichi Fujita, ed., 2017
Pañcaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā: Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts. (STTAR 20.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2017 (order online).
Ernst Steinkellner, 2016
Dharmakirti`s Hetubindu: Critically edited by Ernst Steinkellner on the basis of preparatory work by Helmut Krasser with a translation of the Gilgit fragment by Klaus Wille. (STTAR 19.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2016 (order online).
Daniel M. Stuart, 2015
A Less Traveled Path: Saddharmasmṛtyupasthānansūtra chapter 2. (STTAR 18.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015 (order online).

Andere Verlage

Elisa Freschi, Philipp André Maas, ed., (2017)
Adaptive Reuse of Texts, Ideas and Images in Classical India. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, (2017) (download [open access]).
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Cristina Pecchia, 2015
Dharmakīrti on the Cessation of Suffering: A Critical Edition with Translation and Comments of Manorathanandinʼs Vṛtti and Vibhūticandraʼs Glosses on Pramāṇavārttika II.190–216. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015 (order online).
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Elisa Freschi, ed., 2015
The reuse of texts in Indian philosophy. (Special issue of the Journal of Indian Philosophy 43:2–3 and 4–5.) Springer, 2015.

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