Today I had a merry browse of a blog relating to an English Heritage funded research project that is taking a close look at Buddhist buildings around England. Building Buddhism is being carried out by Dr Emma Tomalin and Caroline Starkey, at the University of Leeds. As well as giving some background information about the research project, the blog details some visits to major Buddhist sites. Both the sites documented so far – Jamyang London, and the Triratna London Buddhist Centre – are converted Victorian buildings, and the ways in which the buildings have been adjusted to their new uses is rather intriguing. Jamyang used to be a courthouse, and retains many features from its history, including the prison cells (now bedrooms!). The Triratna centre is in a magnificent old fire station, and again it has been sympathetically – and energetically – renovated. I heartily recommend taking a closer look at the blog with its stunning photographs and very readable accounts of the sites. I hope the project will expand to cover Scotland too at some stage…
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AHRC project blog: The Story of Story in South Asia
A monograph presenting my major research findings for this project has now been published by Routledge: see their page about the book here. A paperback will be available after a while.
by Naomi We have both really enjoyed working on this project, and particularly welcomed the responses from our lovely blog audience. The project is now drawing to a close and we have two announcements to make: Firstly, we will be holding a special event in Cardiff on 27th June, in which we are teaming up […]
by Naomi Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which was held at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, and warmly and efficiently hosted by Drs Simon Brodbeck and James Hegarty. The theme was “narrative” and so I enjoyed a packed weekend of papers on everything from Buddha-biographies to vetāla […]
by Naomi I am busy putting the final touches to my book, and one of the remaining tasks is selecting images to include. The publisher says I can have up to 21 images, black and white, inside the book, plus I would like something quite striking for the cover. It is the first time I […]
by Naomi This blog has gone a little quiet as we reach the end of the project and put together our monographs! A couple of weeks ago I finally found time to take a look at a dissertation that is of great interest to the broader frame of my research into inter-religious narrative interactions: “Dialogues […]