Dr. N. (Nirajan) Kafle

Position:
  • PhD student
Expertise:
  • Asian studies


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1741
E-Mail: n.kafle@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.01a


PhD defence

Date: 15 October 2015
Time: 11.15
Venue: Academy building, Rapenburg 67-73, Leiden

Fields of interest

Sanskrit Language and Literature; Indian Philosophy; Śaivism; Buddhist Sanskrit; Pali Language, Literature and History; Buddhist Culture; Buddhist Logic; Manuscriptology; Epigraphy; Documents; Ancient and Modern History; Ancient and modern Law; Text Editing.

PhD research

Critical edition and annotated translation of the Niśvāsamukha

Supervisors: Prof.dr. Peter Bisschop, Prof.dr. Dominic Goodall (EFEO)

For my doctoral research I will prepare a critical edition and annotated translation of the Niśvāsamukha, the opening book of the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā. The Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā is one of the oldest surviving Hindu tantric scriptures. Various scholars, such as Śāstrī (1905:lxxvii; 137–140), Goodall and Isaacson (2007:4), Goudriaan and Gupta (1981:33–36), Sanderson (2006:152) and Bagchi (1929:757ff.), have repeatedly stressed the religious and historical importance of the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā in their works, especially for the study of Indian religious history. The text has not yet been published. Since there is only a single surviving manuscript, dating back to the 9th century, my research will prevent the very real threat of decomposition into unintelligibility of this significant historical document and its loss to the scholarly community.
In order to contextualize the historical evolution of the Niśvāsamukha as a text, it shall be presented jointly with the first five chapters of the Śivadharmasaṅgraha, a work of lay Śaivism. The text of these five chapters will be presented in an appendix. They are closely linked content-wise with the Niśvāsamukha.

CV

Current Position:

Researcher/Cataloguer
(June 2011 to Present)
Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project (NGMCP), Nepal Research
Centre (NRC), Kathmandu Branch
Lecturer (2012 to present)
Lumbini University, Kathmandu

University education:

• Master (Honours with gold medal) in Classical Indology (2005)
Special subject: Sanskrit Philosophy 
Nepal Sanskrit University, Balmeeki Campus, Kathmandu

• BA (Honours) in Classical Indology (2003)
Special subjects: Astrology and Mathematics
Nepal Sanskrit University, Balmeeki Campus, Kathmandu

• IA (Honours) in Classical Indology (2001)
Special subjects: Astrology and Mathematics 
Nepal Sanskrit University, Balmeeki Campus, Kathmandu

Teaching and Research experiences:

2002–2007:
Cataloguer/assistant researcher at Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project / Nepal Research Centre, Kathmandu

2007 – 2008:
Lecturer at Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies, Kathmandu Nepal

2008 – 2011:
Full time research officer at Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Centre de Pondichéry, India

Workshops and conferences attended:

  • Workshop on the Maṇicūdajātaka, University of Pune, India, 1-18 November 2011. Coordinator: Dr. Albrecht Hanisch, Nepal Research Centre, Kathmandu.
  • The third international workshop on Early Tantra, University of Hamburg, Germany 2010.  Coordinators: Dr. Dominic Goodall and Prof. Harunaga Issaccion.
  • The first International Indology Graduate Research Symposium, University of Oxford, 2009.

  • The second international workshop on Early Tantra, EFEO, Pondicherry 2009.  Coordinators: Dr. Dominic Goodall and Prof. Harunaga Issaccion.

  • The first international workshop on Early Tantra, NRC, Kathmandu, Nepal 2008.  Coordinators: Dr. Dominic Goodall and Prof. Harunaga Issaccion.

  • An international workshop on the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā, EFEO, Pondicherry 2007. Coordinator: Dr. Dominic Goodall.

  • A South Asian University youth conference, University of Nagpur, India, 2002.

Selected publications

  1. The Liṅgodbhava myth in early Śaiva sources, from Oxbow Books Press, Oxford (in press).
  2. A new edition and annotated translation of the Dohākośa in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes, from University of Vienna (forthcoming).
  3. A critical edition of Dharmaputrikā in collaboration with Dr. Anil Kumar Acharya (forthcoming)

Contact information:

Nepal Research Centre,
P.O.B 180
Icchunadi marga, house no. 127
Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: nirajan.kafle@gmail.com

Last Modified: 11-12-2015