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Associate Professor


Contact details

• Phone: (+81) (0)75-762-2126
• E-mail: deroche.marchenri.6u[at]kyoto-u.ac.jp
• Office at Kyoto University Higashi Ichijo-Kan


Research fields

  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Buddhist studies
  • Tibetan and Himalayan studies

Research topics

  • The search for sustainable ways of life, the idea of wisdom across cultures, “philosophy as a way of life” (Pierre Hadot), the articulation of “learning, reflection and practice” (聞・思・修) in Buddhism
  • Philosophical anthropology of mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based programs
  • Buddhist philosophy of mind, Buddhist psychology, Buddhist theories and manuals of meditation/yoga
  • Mindfulness according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen (rDzogs chen) with a focus on Longchenpa’s (1308-1364) writings (JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists B, No. 17K13328, FY 2017-2020)

Profile

Born in France, I have focused my studies and research on living Buddhist traditions, particularly in Tibet and the Himalayas where I have travelled extensively, as well as in Japan, my country of adoption since 2008. I carry Bachelor and Maîtrise in social anthropology (Bordeaux University) with minor in philosophy; Diploma in Tibetan language and civilization (INALCO, Paris); DEA and then PhD (2011) in Religious and Asian studies (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris). I have also researched in the Department of Buddhist studies at Kyoto University as grantee of the scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) from 2008 to 2013. My doctoral publication and forthcoming book, Une quête tibétaine de la sagesse: Prajñāraśmi (1518-1584), and many publications have investigated ecumenism in Tibet by studying eclectic works on Indo-Tibetan lineages of scholastic exegesis and yogic practices, with the analysis of the traditional model of threefold wisdom: “listening, reflection and practice.” From 2013, as a Hakubi Assistant Professor in Buddhist studies at Kyoto University, I have researched and published about the philosophy of mind of the “Great Perfection” (Tib. rDzogs chen).

In 2015, I took my current position as Associate Professor in GSAIS, Shishu-Kan, in the section of philosophy and humanities. There, my contribution aims at bridging classical humanities —from the standpoint of “philosophy as a way of life” (Pierre Hadot) and especially of Buddhist philosophy—, with psychological and medical sciences around the notion and techniques of mindfulness. Those are of Buddhist origins but have been researched scientifically in the last decades, giving rise to innovative –and thus sometimes questionable– social applications in order to alleviate suffering and enhance human flourishing. In relation to this aim, I have been a collaborator and then fellow of the Mind and Life Institute (USA). At GSAIS, I supervise the Research Group on Mindful Living, in search for more resilient, satisfying, ethical, responsible and sustainable ways of life. I work presently on two interrelated book projects on mindfulness, the first as an essay in anthropological philosophy of mindfulness, the second as a monograph in Buddhist studies based on the classical writings of Tibetan author Longchenpa.

Given the interdisciplinary context of GSAIS, students work together with me and a co-supervisor on mindfulness from diverse and complementary perspectives, especially Buddhist studies, Japanese philosophy, education, psychology, etc.

Selected Publications

  1. Deroche, M.-H. "Mindful wisdom: The path integrating memory, judgment, and attention." Asian Philosophy, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/09552367.2021.1875610
  2. Deroche, M.-H. “The Conversion of Attention: Mindfulness in Classical Dzogchen.” Philosophy East and West, 71-4, forthcoming October 2021.
  3. Deroche, M.-H. (Translated in Japanese from the English by Masatake Shinohara)「生き方としての哲学――「聞・思・修」の意義と可能性」(“Philosophy as a Way of Life: Significance and Potentialities of ‘Listening, Reflection, and Practice’”). In 池田裕一編『実践する総合生存学』京都大学学術出版会, Yuichi Ikeda (ed.), Human Survivability Studies in Practice. Kyoto, Kyoto University Press, forthcoming.
  4. Deroche, M.-H. “Quelle sagesse pour le XXIe siècle? Philosophie transculturelle des approches fondées sur la mindfulness” in Humanisme et Mindfulness, une éducation pour le XXIe siècle, Frédéric La Combe (L. Lhündroup), Annie Pech & Eveline Grieder (eds). Paris: Dervy, 2020, pp. 58-68.
  5. Deroche, M.-H. ‟Along the Middle Path, in Quest for Wisdom: The Great Madhyamaka in Rimé Discourses.” In The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet, Klaus-Diether Mathes and Michael Sheehy (eds). New York: State University of New York Press, 2019, pp. 323-349.
  6. Deroche, M.-H. “Buddhist Philosophy as a Way of Life: Perspectives on the Three Wisdoms from Tibet and Japan.” In Dan Arnold, Cécile Ducher, Pierre-Julien Harter (eds), Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions. Studies in Honor of Matthew Kapstein. Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2019, pp. 277-290.
  7. Deroche, M.-H. “On Being ‘Impartial’ (ris med): From Non-Sectarianism to the Great Perfection.” Paris: Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 44, March 2018, pp. 129-158.
  8. Deroche, M.-H. ‟Instructions on the Great Perfection. Jamgön Kongtrul.” In A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rimé Masters of Tibet, Holly Gayley and Joshua Schapiro (eds). Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2017, pp. 285-302.
  9. Deroche, M.-H., (French & English) “Les exercices bouddhiques du corps-esprit : contexte tibétain et enjeux transculturels”/ “Body-Mind Buddhist Exercises: Tibetan Context and Transcultural Issues.” Editorial for the Réseau Asie & Pacifique (GIS, CNRS, Paris, France), French Network for Asian Studies, online publication: http://www.gis-reseau-asie.org/monthly-articles/exercices-bouddhiques-corps-esprit-contexte-tibetain-enjeux-transculturels-marc-henri-deroche (accessed 2017/07/18), April 2017.
  10. Deroche, M.-H., Yasuda, A., “The rDzogs chen Doctrine of the Three Gnoses (ye shes gsum): An Analysis of Klong chen pa’s Exegesis and His Sources.” Paris: Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 33, October 2015, pp. 187-230.
  11. Iyanaga, N., Deroche, M.-H. “De la notion d’universalisme et de son usage dans les études bouddhiques. Éléments de synthèse des travaux réalisés au colloque franco-japonais de Kyōto.” Tokyo: Bulletin de la Société franco-japonaise des études orientales, 日仏東洋学会の広報誌『通信』, 37/38, 2015, pp. 59-67.
  12. Deroche, M.-H. “History of the Forgotten Mother Monastery of the Ancients’ School: The dPal ri Monastery in the Valley of the ‘Tibetan Emperors.’” India, Gangtok: Bulletin of Tibetology, 49-1, 2013, pp. 77-112.
  13. Deroche, M.-H. “Sherab Wozer (1518-1584).” In The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, electronic publication (http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Sherab-Wozer/8964), 2011.
  14. Deroche, M.-H. “Instructions on the View (lta khrid) of the Two Truths: Prajñāraśmi’s (1518-1584) Bden gnyis gsal ba’i sgron me.” In Revisiting Tibetan Religion and Philosophy: Proceedings of the International Seminar of Young Tibetologists in Paris. Revue d’Études Tibétaines. Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 22, November 2011, pp. 139-213.

Classes taught at Kyoto University

At GSAIS/Shishu-Kan
  • 1001000 Introduction to Human Survivability Studies (Part on Philosophy & Humanities)
  • H139001 The Kyōto School: Tradition and Potentialities (Part on Asian and Buddhist studies)
  • 2014000/M111001 Philosophy of Mind: East and West
  • 2017000/M112001 Buddhism across Asian Civilizations
At the Faculty & Graduate School of Letters
  • 1653005/1853001/1653006/1853002 Reading French Academic Literature in Indian, Tibetan & Buddhist studies
  • 1831007 Theories of Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism

Link to full resume and list of publications


Link to the Research Group on Mindful Living’s webpage