Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pratyekabuddhas continued

Following my post last week, Giuliano Giustarini (Visiting Professor at Mahidol University) was kind enough to email me and to point out that my statement ‘the term pratyekabuddha is actually not present in the earliest texts’ is rather misleading. The … Continue reading

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On pratyekabuddhas

For various reasons I have recently been reading a lot about pratyekabuddhas (Pāli paccekabuddhas), or ‘solitary buddhas’ as the usual translation would have it, since they are said to achieve awakening by themselves and do not found a ‘dispensation’ (śāsana) … Continue reading

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Trip to Samye Ling

Today we took a group of students on a visit to Samye Ling, a Karma Kagyu monastery and Tibetan cultural centre in remote Dumfriesshire. If I am honest, it was a little too remote for my liking, given that we … Continue reading

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New blog site about Sinxay

Ever heard of Rāma and Sītā? Of course! And Arjuna and his friend Kṛṣṇa? Absolutely! What about Sinxay? If the answer is no then I can recommend this new website that is aimed at raising the profile of the Laotian … Continue reading

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Book out: Narrating Karma and Rebirth

I am delighted to announce that my latest monograph, Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories, is published today, by Cambridge University Press. More information can be found here. The book is the main output from my British … Continue reading

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