Tag Archives: India

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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A whole weekend of Indological fun!

The past week has seen a huge flurry of Asian Religions events here at New College, centering around the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which was held over the weekend. It was great fun seeing so many familiar faces and … Continue reading

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Reflections on Ashoka

Last week I made my Radio 4 debut on an episode of In Our Time that explored the emperor Ashoka, who unified much of the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BCE and left behind inscriptions detailing, amongst other things, … Continue reading

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How Theravāda is Theravāda?

This is the question of my week, for three reasons: (1) I have been reading the recent book of this title, edited by Peter Skilling et al. It is a great read – a wonderful mix of styles and subjects, … Continue reading

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