Category Archives: reviews of scholarship

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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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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Why Story?

I am sometimes asked why I find stories so interesting to study. It is a fair question, especially since I seem to get further and further drawn in to narratives – developing story-based school-teaching resources, organising events for the Story … Continue reading

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Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero

Early this year I received a copy of Peter Whittlesey and Baythong Sayouvin Wittlesey’s new book Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero, which they self-published late in 2015 after years of hard work. At its heart is an English retelling … Continue reading

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Heim on intention in Buddhist ethics

I have finally found a moment to finish reading Maria Heim’s 2014 book The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency (Oxford University Press). In it, Heim uses Pali scriptures and the commentaries of Buddhaghosa to explore … Continue reading

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How do you start a book?

I don’t mean how do you start reading a book (that’s fairly straightforward, though it can get difficult during semester time) nor how do you start a book project. No, I mean, how do you decide what the first words … Continue reading

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More thoughts on method and methodology

I have been re-reading the works of Wendy Doniger that explore myth and gender, as part of some research I am doing into the characterisation of the mothers of Indian religious heroes. I love Doniger’s work – the clarity, the … Continue reading

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