Category Archives: Buddhism

Toshiya Unebe

I was very sorry to hear this week of the death of Professor Toshiya Unebe (Nagoya University), who passed away on 15th November at the very young age of 48. He had been suffering from a brain tumour. I first … Continue reading

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Visiting Gandhara in Edinburgh

I have recently become aware of some quite impressive pieces of Gandharan Buddhist art in Edinburgh collections, both in the University Library Centre for Research Collections, and in the National Museum of Scotland. During a recent visit from Peter Skilling … Continue reading

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Women in Early Indian Buddhism

When I see an academic book that looks interesting and relevant, my general policy is to buy it and add it to a pile on my desk, ready to be read when I have a moment. The rule is that … Continue reading

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Summarising Jātaka Stories

I have been thinking a lot recently about the art of summarising stories. There are four reasons this is on my mind: – I finally reached number 100 on my mission to tweet all 547 stories of the Jātakatthavaṇṇanā. It … Continue reading

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Vessantara Jataka

Having recently submitted my own book to the publisher, I have been enjoying working through a backlog of reading other people’s! I particularly enjoyed devouring Steven Collins’ edited volume Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka, which came out with Columbia University … Continue reading

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“Translating Buddhism” conference

My head is still whirring from last week’s conference on “Translating Buddhism” at York St John University. The conference was wonderfully stimulating, as well as warm and collegial, and I left with plenty of new ideas and reflections, as well … Continue reading

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Stories for school teaching

In the last few weeks I have been working particularly hard on a project with school teachers. A colleague – Alison Jack, a specialist in Christian parables – and I have been creating resources for school teachers that are based … Continue reading

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