Dr. Tōru Tomabechi
Born in Hachinohe, Japan, Tōru Tomabechi (苫米地等流) graduated in Buddhist Studies at the University of Kyoto in 1989. From 1995 to 2000 he was Assistant at the Dept. of Oriental Languages and Cultures, University of Lausanne. From 2001 to 2002 he was Research Fellow at the same Department. He obtained the Imprimatur for his doctoral thesis, Étude du Pañcakrama, from the University of Lausanne in 2006. Tōru Tomabechi worked at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. He participated in a research project on the epistemological school of Buddhism in India and Tibet. He is also working on two Sanskrit commentaries on the Pañcakrama — the Pañcakramapañjikā by Samayavajra and the Pañcakramatātparyapañjikā Kramakaumudī by Abhayākaragupta — using manuscripts newly available from China, and on other tantric texts.
Currently he is a member of the International Institute for Digital Humanities, Tokyo.
1996. Zhongxin Jiang and Toru Tomabechi. The Pañcakramaṭippaṇī of Muniśrībhadra: Introduction and Romanized Sanskrit Text. Bern: Peter Lang (Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft Monographie Vol. 23).
2000. "Notes on Robert Thurman's Translation of the Pañcakrama". In: Journal of Indian Philosophy (28 (5-6): pp. 531-548). Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
2009. Luo Hong and Toru Tomabechi. Candrakīrti's Vajrasattvaniṣpādanasūtra (Vajrasattvasādhana): Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts – Critically edited. Beijing: China Tibetology Publishing House (Sanskrit texts from the Tibetan Autonomous Region No. 6); Vienna: Austrian Acadamy of Sciences Press.