MANABE Tomohiro


MANABE Tomohiro Associate Professor
Research Subject

My research focuses on the history of the Advaita Vedānta school among Indian philosophical ones. In particular, I am paying attention to the active introduction of bhakti thought by the Advaita Vedānta in the 16th-18th centuries, and aiming to construct a history of the Advaita doctrine from the establishment of that in the 8th century to the present Smārta school.

Research Fields
Indian Philosophy, History of Indian Philosophy
Faculty - Division / Research Group / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Research Group of Philosophy and Religious Studies / Laboratory of Religious Studies and Indian Philosophy
Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies / Laboratory of Religious Studies and Indian Philosophy
School - Course / Laboratory
Division of Humanities and Human Sciences / Course of Philosophy and Cultural Studies / Laboratory of Religious Studies and Indian Philosophy

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TEL: +81-11-706-3065
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Laboratory of Religious Studies and Indian PhilosophyMANABE Tomohiro Associate Professor

The attraction of Indian philosophy
inevitably tips the scale of life

The attraction of Indian philosophy and Buddhist studies extends beyond the realm of your knowledge and understanding. Even though you have been taught that Bonga Ichinyo means that Brahman (the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena) and Atman (principle ruling individuals) are the same, your mind is actually brimming with questions, which is quite natural. When the word eka meaning one in Sanskrit is translated into “the same,” there are still arguments heated enough to divide schools over whether “the same” means “identical” or “homogeneous.” I decided to pursue research on bhakti thought, which I have been interested in since I was a junior high school student. Whenever I found myself at the crossroads in life, I placed research activities and other occupations on a scale. The scale invariably tilted in the same direction—toward research. Going forward, I would like to share the attraction of Indian philosophy with everyone.

Pashupatinath, which is not only Nepal’s greatest Hindu temple but also designated as a World Heritage Site; the Bagmati River flows into the Ganges River.
An image taken when I visited the ancient city of Patan to survey manuscripts in the Kathmandu Basin; In most cases, you don’t know whether you will be allowed to see actual manuscripts until you visit the field site.

Gradual digitalization of dormant manuscripts:
Valuing your interest in reading

My research currently focuses on the Advaita Vedānta school, which is positioned as a reformist school among conservatives in the complicated history of Indian philosophy. I have completed Buddhist logic in graduate school, so if you wish to read any tantalizing text, I would be pleased to welcome you. Hokkaido University boasts researchers from a wide variety of disciplines such as religious studies and Buddhist studies. The adjacent disciplines will surely inspire you, having a positive effect on your studies. Furthermore, the research establishment of Indian philosophy places high value on horizontal interactions in the hope that it will lead to the growth of the next generation, enabling you to share information with other universities. In recent years, the digital archiving of manuscripts lying in various parts of India has been progressing. Research on Indian philosophy, which is now entering a key stage, is a discipline through which you can pave the way to the future.


In India, the cultures of Brahmanism and Hinduism have continuously been passed down with a focus on Sanskrit literature, including Hinduism in the ancient Veda period to Hinduism in modern times. By the overseas expansion of Indians, Hinduism is turning into a world religion. As such, research on Brahmanism and Hinduism plays a vital role in the disciplines of religion/thought research.

Research on Brahmanism and Hinduism encompasses a wide variety of disciplines such as philosophical thought, religious rituals, literature, politics, legal studies, medical science and mathematics. It also has a long history over a period of 3,000 years and is affected by regional peculiarities in various parts of the Indian subcontinent, making it difficult to understand the entire picture. In addition, relevant literature has been passed down in the form of manuscripts, and much literature has yet to be researched, making the task of delving into the full image of Brahmanism and Hinduism even more difficult. However, this also means you can pursue new research themes based on your own interests.

Whether your interest is in experiencing eternal India or in developing new research themes, please pay a visit to the Laboratory of Religious Studies and Indian Philosophy if you are interested in the cultures of Brahmanism and Hinduism.