• Henry Luce Foundation Grant Spotlight: The Theravada Civilizations Project

    In 2009 ASU's Juliane Schober and Steve Collins, a scholar of Pali and Sanskrit at theUniversity of Chicago, developed the idea for a project that would bring together scholars from differentfields and institutions “to formulate a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of Theravada Buddhism.” In 2010, Arizona State University received a three-year grant from the Foundation’s Asia Program to support the “Theravada Civilizations Project.”

    The centerpiece of the project has been a series of annual conferences, hosted by the University of Toronto (2012), Arizona State University (2013), and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient center in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014).This grant was extended in 2015 for another three years allowing for conferences at King's College, London  and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (2016) and Arizona State University (2016). Read More »

  • XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS): Second Circular

    IABS 2017 Second Circular letter attachment

    Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends:

    Preparations are well underway for the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), which takes place at the University of Toronto, August 20th to the 25th, 2017. Read More »

  • Engendering the Buddhist State: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor

    Ashley Thompson Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK

    2016 -

    Drawing from more than a decade of field and archival research, this monograph concerns Cambodian cultural history and historiography, with an ultimate aim of broadening and deepening bases for understanding the Cambodian Theravadin politico-cultural complex. Read More »

  • “Double Realities: The Complex Lives of Ancient Khmer Statuary” Inaugural lecture by Prof. Ashley Thompson

    5 May, 2016 18:30pm at SOAS, Univ of London

    Introduction: Professor Nora Taylor Vote of Thanks: Professor Penny Edwards

    The Angkorian empire produced one of the most remarkable sculptural traditions in human history. Read More »

  • New Publication Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community

    Living Buddhism  Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community



    Julia Cassaniti Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Washington State University Cornell University Press, 2015


    In a narrative, person-centered approach the book examines Buddhist ideas about impermanence, non-attachment, and karma in a small community in northern Thailand, exploring how they're played as part of the rituals and interpersonal social worlds of people getting by and staying healthy. Read More »

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Buddhist rebirth in different planes of existence

Posted by the British Libraries Asia and Africa Blog

Posted: 09 Mar 2016 05:15 AM PST

Kamma is a Pali word and it covers all kinds of intentional actions, whether mental (mano kamma), verbal (vaci kamma) or physical (kaya kamma). The Buddhist doctrine “Paticcasamuppada” is demonstrative of the process of kamma. Read More »

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