Category Archives: Academia

Not normal

The weekend just gone would have been the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, held here in Edinburgh, the final one with me at the helm, and an opportunity to welcome a host of wonderful colleagues to this wonderful city. Today … Continue reading

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Launching the Jātaka Database

I’m delighted to announce that today we are launching phase 1 of the Jātaka database: you can now view the site at https://jatakastories.div.ed.ac.uk – there you can explore a range of stories and story-features, and also read our rationale for … Continue reading

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Publication of Lance Cousins memorial volume

I am pleased to announce that a memorial volume dedicated to a valued teacher and colleague in the field, L.S. Cousins, has now been published by Equinox, under the title Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings, and edited by myself and Peter Harvey. Its … Continue reading

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Digitised manuscripts vs the real thing

I’m in Dublin this week, giving a lecture at the Chester Beatty Library, as part of a series accompanying their “Thai Buddhist Tales” exhibition. It’s my first time in Ireland, and my visit to the Chester Beatty in particular feels … Continue reading

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Conferences and Climate Change

We all know that we have to make changes, in order to try to manage the changes already happening to our climate. As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about academic travel, as the big glaring issue in my otherwise … Continue reading

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Edinburgh is full of Buddhologists this week!

It is pleasing to think that there are lots of Buddhist Studies scholars in my delightful home town this week! Three events are bringing them here: The Joint East Asian Studies Conference, a little symposium I am hosting on images … Continue reading

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Labels and cultural imperialism

Allow me a small complaint on the way we talk about (or fail to talk about) the great civilisations of Ancient India. I attended a lecture on comparative philosophy a few months ago, in which the speaker compared the views … Continue reading

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