Category Archives: Buddhism

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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Jātaka stories and boundary-making

This week I have been in Austin Texas, hanging out with lovely colleagues at the South Asia Institute and making a contribution to their Fall Seminar Series, which this year is themed on “Religious Boundary-Making in South Asia.” This is, … 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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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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Is a buddha a human?

I have been pondering this question for a very specific reason: When entering a “character” in our jātaka database, we assign to it certain “character descriptors” such as male, monkey, merchant, and so on. This is partly to differentiate several … Continue reading

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Research-led teaching, or jātakas jātakas jātakas

We’ve all heard the phrase “research-led teaching”, but what does it mean? Well, this semester I have been reflecting on that question, as I have been teaching a course on jātakas for the first time ever. Alongside the class, which … Continue reading

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