Rupert Gethin Khyentse Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University
20 May 2020
Professor Rupert Gethin is recently back from Pune in India where, from January to March, he was Khyentse Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University. While there he led seminars related to his forthcoming book, Buddhist Maps of the Mind and Body: A study of Indian Buddhist thought in the Theravāda, Sarvāstivāda and Yogācāra Abhidharma (OUP) and read the Pali Mahāpadāna-sutta alongside its Sanskrit parallel, the Mahāvadāna-sūtra. While in India he also gave three lectures at the University of Calcutta. “It is always a pleasure to meet old friends and colleagues, and also to meet new ones. And something I particularly enjoy is the opportunity to visit ancient sites. A highlight of my recent trip was a trip to the beautiful Buddhist rock-cut caves at Bhaja and Karla, which date from the 2nd century BCE and are among the oldest Buddhist sites in India.'