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Altenburg Gerjan, Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

Gerjan Altenburg

Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

Graduate Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Gerjan is interested in Indian Buddhist monastic literature extant in Sanskrit and Tibetan. Supervisor: Dr. Shayne Clarke


  • McMaster University, M.A. in Religious Studies, 2014
  • Dalhousie University, B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics, 2012


TA Experience

  • Introduction to Buddhism, McMaster University, Winter Term 2017
  • Approaches to the Study of Religion, McMaster University, Fall Term 2016
  •  What on Earth Is Religion?, McMaster University, 2015–2016
  •  Great Books in Asian Religions, McMaster University, Winter Term 2015
  •  Introduction to Buddhism, McMaster University, Fall Term 2014
  •  Great Books in Asian Religions, McMaster University, Winter Term 2014
  •  Theory and Practice of Nonviolence, McMaster University, Winter Term 2013


Academic Presentations

  • “A New Role for the Bhikuvarāgrapcchā: a Training Manual for Junior Monks.” Presented within the Panel “Recent Scholarship on Buddhist Monastic Law Codes” at the Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, April 28th, 2017
  • “The Intertextuality of Verses from the Vinayastotra.” Poster Presented at the 50th Anniversary of McMaster Religious Studies Alumni Weekend, March 14th, 2016