About Us

Welcome to the website of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies, and its journal Buddhist Studies Review.

This association aims to act as a focus for Buddhist Studies in the UK, and is open to academics, post-graduates, and unaffiliated Buddhist scholars or interested Buddhist practitioners. Currently, the scholarly study of Buddhism in the UK is carried out by lone individuals or fairly small groups of people in any one location. Moreover, scholars may be located in a range of departments: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Comparative Religion, Law, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, etc.

The association’s constitution states: ‘The object of the Association shall be the academic study of Buddhism through the national and international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject.’

The association holds an annual conference and aims to help inform people of the ongoing work of others, and of any relevant conferences, visiting scholars, seminar series, etc., through this website and an electronic mailing list.

The association seeks to foster communication between those working in various fields: Buddhism in South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia; historical and contemporary aspects (including developments in ‘Western’ Buddhism); theoretical, practical, and methodological issues; textual, linguistic, archaeological and art-historical studies.