(in alphabetical order)
B.A. in linguistics, philology and history; M.A. in Asian Studies (specializing in South Asia) from St. Petersburg State University.
Current positions: Lecturer in Hindi, University of Haifa; Lecturer in Sanskrit, Tel Aviv University.
Research interests: languages and literatures of South Asia (and beyond).
Kate Crosby is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College, London. She has previously held posts at the universities of Edinburgh, Lancaster, Cardiff and SOAS, London, as well as visiting posts at the Buddhist Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; McGill in Montreal and Dongguk University, S. Korea. She was educated at the universities of Oxford, Hamburg and Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, where she was a Commonwealth scholar. She works on Sanskrit, Pali and Pali-vernacular literature, and on Theravada practice in the pre-modern and modern periods. She has conducted fieldwork in most Theravada countries and particularly enjoys the opportunities she has had to collaborate with local and traditional scholars. She developed her fondness for the Mahābhārata after studying it with the late Prof. Bimal Matilal at All Soul's, Oxford, in the 1980s. In addition to her volume for the John Clay Sanskrit Library, The Dead of Night & the Women, 2009, she has authored the following books: Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Buddhist Path to Awakening, Oxford University Press 1995, with Andrew Skilton; Traditional Theravada Meditation and its Modern Era Suppression, Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong 2013, and Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity, Identity, Blackwell-Wiley, 2014.
Wendy Doniger [O'Flaherty] (B.A. Radcliffe, summa cum laude, Ph. D., Harvard University; D. Phil., Oxford University) is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and in the Department of South Asian Languages and Literatures and on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. In 1984 she was elected President of the American Academy of Religion, in 1989 a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1996 a Member of the American Philosophical Society, and in 1997 President of the Association for Asian Studies. (She is the only person to have been President of both the AAR and the AAS). She has published many translations of Sanskrit texts as well as books about Hindu mythology and cross-cultural mythology, most recently The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was, The Hindus: An Alternative History, On Hinduism, Hinduism in the Norton Anthology of World Religions, and The Ring of Truth, and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry.
Teacher of Sanskrit, St James School, London. Oliver Fallon is a poet and scholar based in London. He is currently working on poetic reimaginings of sections of the Mahabharata.
Director of Tibetan Religious Studies at the École Pratique des HautesÉtudes (Paris) and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago.
|1992 - 1994:||Moderations in Classics at Oxford University.|
|1994 - 1997:||BA in Sanskrit and Pali at Oxford University.|
|1998 - 1999:||MA in Buddhist Studies at Bristol University.|
|1999 - 2003:||DPhil at Oxford University in Sanskrit and Pali literature
(specifically the Sanskrit epics and Pali Jatakas).
|2004 - 2008:||Lecturer on PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies at Mahidol University, Bangkok.|
|From 2011:||Barrister in civil law.|
Vaughan Pilikian translated and edited Sanskrit literature for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library. MA (Cantab) in Classics 1996; MPhil (Oxon) Sanskrit 2001; Frank Knox Scholar (Harvard) 2001-3. Poetry: At Eclipse (2002). Films: Actaeon (2003), Mummers (2003) and The Curse Map (2004).
Andrew Skilton is a Senior Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies at King's College London. Before that he was Senior Lecturer in Indian Religions, University of Cardiff, and has taught at SOAS, and McGill University. He also teaches Pali at the University of Oxford and edits the journal Contemporary Buddhism. His research interests include Buddhist literature and manuscripts and he continues to work on the Mahāyāna Buddhist text the Samādhirāja Sūtra. He also works on a major project to conserve and promote access to Buddhist manuscripts in Thailand, and is pursuing research into the pre-reform meditation practices of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia.
Alexander Wynne is Lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.