The Buddhist Schools of the Small Vehicle, Author: Bareau, Andre; Editor: Skilton, Andrew; Translator: Boin-Webb, Sara


André Bareau (1921–1993) was one of the foremost scholars of Buddhism of his generation. Dissatisfied with piecemeal and contradictory information on early Buddhist schools, he set out to construct a coherent and authoritative overview, which has remained the standard treatment in the field since its appearance in 1955. Read More »

Digitally Replicating the Lost Phralak-Phralam Murals at Vat Oub Mong, Vientiane (Laos) by Alan Potkin

Digitally Replicating the Lost Phralak-Phralam Murals at Vat Oub Mong, Vientiane (Laos)

*Alan Potkin

In 1938, Thit Panh, a junior monk with untrained but obvious artistic talent, was assigned by the Abbot to decorate all four walls of the then-relatively-new vihaan (i.e., main image hall) at Vat Oub Mong, a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the Lao capital Vientiane, with illustrations of the Phralak-Phralam (the “Lao Ramayana”) which —amazingly— he and his assistants, seven boy novices, apparently completed in well under one month. Read More »

Illuminating the Life of the Buddha

I am pleased to announce the publication of a book showcasing an illustrated samut khoi from 18th century Siam that is currently held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford:

Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth Century Siam Naomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw and Toshiya Unebe Bodleian Library Publishing, 2013. Read More »

The Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts

Justin McDaniel (University of Pennsylvania) has recently won a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to help fund the The Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts project led by Harald Hundius, David Wharton, and Bounleut Thammachak. Working with the staff at the National Library of Laos and Chiang Mai University, this project will provide scholars with free internet access to about 7,000 primary sources from this historically important region.  Read More »

Buddhist Storytelling in Thailand and Laos

The Vessantara Jataka Scroll at the Asian Civilisations Museum L. Lefferts, S. Cate and W. Tossa


This richly illustrated, full-colour volume offers an innovative study of the long, painted scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos that depict the Prince Vessantara Buddhist birth story. Read More »

Once the Buddha Was a Girl

Once the Buddha Was a Girl. Girl Children and Young Women as Buddhist Agents in Burma and Nepal

In 2012 this University-­‐of-­‐Toronto-­‐based project was granted a CAD 182,000 budget by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a period of four years (2012-­‐2016). Read More »

Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton is a Ph.D. candidate of Buddhist Studies in the Asian Religions Program at Cornell University. His research interests concern lived religion in Myanmar, specifically local cults of sorcerer saints (weizzā), shrines, miracles, and other manifestations of religious devotion. Tom is currently writing a dissertation on weizzā saints and their devotees based on years of ethnographic and textual research in Myanmar. Read More »

Brooke Schedneck

My project examines the emerging popularity and phenomenon of international meditation centers in Thailand, focusing on encounters between international meditation center teachers and their international students. Through participant observation and in-depth interviews at these sites throughout Thailand, my project explores the social processes of religious change and adaptation, and the construction of religious meaning. Read More »

David Geary

David Geary is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford on a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology his research focuses on religion, diaspora and transnationalism, international development, and the politics of World Heritage in South Asia. Read More »

Betty Nguyen

Betty Nguyen’s dissertation, “Buddhist Calamity Cosmologies: Being Virtuous in an Immoral World,” focuses on late 19th to early 20th century cosmological sermons on morality from northern Thailand. The writings envision Buddhists as living in a cosmic historical era marked by wars, famine, pestilence, and oppressive rule. Read More »