Centre for Buddhist Studies

Gods Entreating the Buddha to Preach 50CE-250CE - Photography courtesy of the Huntingdon ArchiveThe Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol was created in 1993 within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as the first Centre for Buddhist Studies in the UK.

The Centre at present comprises three fulltime members of staff all in Theology and Religious Studies: Professor Rupert Gethin (Professor of Buddhist Studies and director of the Centre), Dr Rita Langer (Lecturer in Buddhist Studies), and Dr Benedetta Lomi (Lecturer in East Asian Religions).

At undergraduate level the Centre’s staff contribute to the undergraduate BA programme in Theology and Religious Studies; at graduate level they offer a taught MA in Religions with a Buddhist Studies Pathway and supervision of research leading to MPhil and MLitt/PhD.

The Centre was home to an AHRC funded research project on “Buddhist Death Rituals in Southeast Asia and China” (2007–2010), whose outcomes included conference papers, an edited volume, exhibitions (2012), and two documentary films on the Buddhist Death Rituals of Southeast Asia and China. During the course of this project the European Consortium for Asian Field Studies was founded and Bristol University was one of its founding members. The consortium supports and finances centres throughout Asia, including a centre in Chiang Mai (Thailand).

If you have any queries related to the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, please e-mail: Rupert.Gethin@bristol.ac.uk