Eva Natanya Rolf

Advisors: David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer
Year Entered Program
: 2010
Currently Pursuing: PhD
Current Status: Coursework
Educational Background: Fordham University; Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

Research Interests

Drawing upon a multi-faceted background in Christian Theology and Tibetan Buddhism, I am currently focusing my research on classical topics of Buddhist philosophy — including an enquiry into the meaning of causation, valid perception, and the ethical nature of the world of appearances — especially as these issues were treated in 14th century Tibet. I am particularly interested in the relationships drawn by Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) between a logical understanding of “emptiness” in the Mahayana Sutra tradition, and the most complex and advanced meditative techniques of the Vajrayana. In my dissertation research, I would like to explore how Je Tsongkhapa’s presentation of a comprehensive soteriological system may be relevant to contemporary questions of medicine and neuroscience, as well as to pressing questions of interreligious dialogue and current practices of meditation and yoga.