Monthly Archives: October 2012

Proofs for Illuminating the Life of the Buddha

Today I finally saw image and text side-by-side for a book that I have been putting together with two colleagues that showcases an illustrated 18th century manuscript from Siam held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Details here. The text has … Continue reading

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How Theravāda is Theravāda?

This is the question of my week, for three reasons: (1) I have been reading the recent book of this title, edited by Peter Skilling et al. It is a great read – a wonderful mix of styles and subjects, … Continue reading

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Translation and toilets

I have been working on a translation of the Sāma Jātaka, and – as is always the case with translations – it has thrown up some interesting choices. Today I have been puzzling over toilets. After Sāma’s parents have been … Continue reading

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Ohnuma’s new book

In a brief lull between writing and editing deadlines I have been catching up on some reading. I recently finished Reiko Ohnuma’s new book Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (OUP 2012). It was a thoroughly … Continue reading

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Why blog?

I am setting up this blog to allow me to reflect on and share my current research thoughts and activities. My primary research interest is the role of stories in the communication and construction of religious ideas, particularly in South … Continue reading

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