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Dr Jarosław Zapart

Dr Jarosław Zapart


Indologist, buddhologist. M.A. in Hindi literature (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Oriental Studies, 2007), Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Philosophy, 2015). Associated with KPSC since 2011, working there since 2015.


Academic interests

  • Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism, especially the tradition of tathāgatagarbha (buddha nature) scriptures;
  • Buddhist traditions and techniques of cultivating the mind;
  • theory of yoga;
  • the thought, history, and literature of North-Indian Sants;
  • the aesthetics of classical Hindustani music.

Selected publications

  • 2020, The Rādhāsoāmī Theory of Subtle Body as an Expression of Religious Inclusivism, “International Journal of Hindu Studies” 24 (1), pp. 61–86. 
  • 2018, Wgląd w rzeczywistość – typologia kina buddyjskiego (with Anna Piskorska) [Insight into Reality – Typology of Buddhist Cinema, with Anna Piskorska], [w:] Oblicza sztuki buddyjskiej, ed. Krzysztof Jakubczak, Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha, Kraków 2018, pp. 197–236.
  • 2017, Tathagatagarbha. U źródeł koncepcji natury buddy [Tathāgatagarbha. Origins of the Buddha Nature Concept], Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków, 406 pages.
  • 2017, The Buddha as I: Selfhood and Identity in Śrīmālādevī-siṃhanāda-sūtra, “Studia religiologica” 50 (2), pp. 145–161.
  • 2015, Buddyjska koncepcja świetlistego umysłu i jej rola w tradycji tathagatagarbhy [The Buddhist Concept of a Pure (Luminous) Mind and its Role in the Tathāgatagarbha Tradition], “Studia religiologica” 48 (2), pp. 117–130.
  • 2014, Teoria sphoty a sugestywna moc języka poezji Anandawardhany [The Sphoṭa Theory and Ānandavardhana's Suggestive Power of Poetic Language], “The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture” 10 (2), pp. 131–144.

Research projects

  • 2018 (ongoing), co-investigator in the project for National Science centre led by prof. Cezary Galewicz: Cultures of Patronage: script, print and performance in the making
  • of regional and imperial spaces of communication and knowledge circulation across India 1674–1890.
  • 2016–2017 – Doctrine and Practices of Esoteric North-Indian Sants in 18-19th Century. Research project funded by the Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University.


  • classical and popular music,
  • field recording,
  • photography.