Would you like to become part of a community of like-minded scholars, working to defend and develop our subject? Members of UKABS receive copies (paper and online, or online-only) of our bi-annual journal Buddhist Studies Review, which includes peer-reviewed articles by an international selection of scholars as well as the latest book reviews. In addition, the UKABS email list and website keep members informed of events and announcements of interest to the Buddhological community in the UK. Members of UKABS also benefit from reduced fees for our annual conference.

Current membership rates (for the calendar year):

Standard Membership – £35 (paper and online copy of the journal) or £22 Online Only copy of the journal.

Unwaged Membership (including students, retired persons and monastics) – £28 (paper and online copy of the journal) or £20 Online Only copy of the journal.

For all new and rejoining members, please complete this membership form: Membership Form

How to join or renew your membership of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies

Membership is paid directly to UKABS. Payment methods include Paypal, bank transfer – national or international, and a sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank. We regret we are unable to accept payment by standing order or by a non-sterling cheque. For our bank account details or if you have any queries please contact the Treasurer / Membership Secretary at: [email protected].

Please note that membership is for one calendar year, and therefore that your membership will expire in December. If you join or renew after the journal has been sent out then back issues for the year will be sent to you.

Payment option 1: Pay through Paypal – use your own Paypal account or a debit card. Please make sure you enter your name, institution (where relevant) and preferred email and postal addresses when prompted. To begin, simply select the appropriate membership category below, and the link will take you to PayPal.

Payment option 2: Bank transfer – please email [email protected] for the account details. We can accept international bank transfers, but please contact us first to agree the arrangements. Western Union provides this service for a reasonable fee, unlike many actual banks.

Payment option 3: Sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank – made out to the UK Association for Buddhist Studies. Contact [email protected] for the mailing address. Please include your choice of membership option (online or paper copy) and your contact details (full name, address, email address).

Paypal payment options:

Standard Membership Paper Copy Journal:

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Unwaged Membership Paper Copy Journal:

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UKABS is now accepted by the UK Inland Revenue as a recognised learned society, and has been added to their official list of approved bodies, which is available on their website. From the tax year 2009-2010, all academics and others for whom involvement in UKABS is part of your professional work, the UKABS membership subscription is allowable as a necessary work expense in relation to your professional employment income. In your tax return, you should put the figure in as a professional subscription on the relevant employment page, and note “UK Association for Buddhist Studies, Membership subscription” in the box on the page.

Here at UKABS, we take your privacy seriously. When you join UKABS the following will happen:

  • Your name, address, and email address are added to our gmail mailing list
  • Your name and email address are added to our Jiscmail mailing list (
  • Your name, address, email address and your Buddhist Studies Review requirements (e.g. online, or paper copy) are shared with Equinox via a secure googlesheet in order for them to send you the journal/online access. Equinox are compliant with the GDPR.

You will be asked to consent to this when you join UKABS

Our privacy and data protection policies are available on request. Please email [email protected].

We will not pass your details to any other company/person.