Organizational

The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (‘OCBS’) is a Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University (RIC).

Click here for the full text of the Agreement between the Centre and the University.

OCBS employs three part-time staff and benefits greatly from the help of volunteers.  For more details on our Staff please visit the Contact Page.

The OCBS has eleven Trustees:

  • Richard Gombrich, Boden Professor of Sanskrit Emeritus, chairs the Trustee Board. He also serves as Academic Director of the Centre pro bono. He first proposed the idea of a Centre for Buddhist Studies in 2002.

Click here for full details of Richard’s career. [a Word file   ~5MB]

  • Stefano Zacchetti is the Numata Chair for Buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford. (1994 degree in Chinese; 1999 PhD, Venice University; further studies at Sichuan University, China, and Leiden University) He was from 2001 to 2005 associate professor at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology (Tokyo), and from 2005 to 2012 a tenured lecturer at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His research focuses on early Chinese Buddhist literature (particularly translations and commentaries), and the history of the canon. His publications include the monograph In Praise of the Light (Tokyo 2005), and several articles.
  • Geoffrey Bamford. He gained a 1st class degree in Sanskrit and Pali from Oxford University in 1970, then did 4 years’ postgraduate work, both in Oxford (at Wolfson College) and in Sri Lanka and India (on a Commonwealth Scholarship). From 1974 he was had a business career; from 1986 to 2000, he ran an independent consultancy specialising in cross-cultural communication issues. Since 2003/4, he has worked full-time for this project pro bono.  Due to the OCBS becoming more established and employing administrative support staff, Geoffrey is reducing his involvement and spending more time with his family in Devon
  • Janice Block is EVP, Chief Legal and Chief Administrative Officer at Kaplan Inc.
  • Tony Morris holds a doctorate in history from Cambridge University. He ran the world’s largest history list at Oxford University Press, was a founding director of Hambledon and London (Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year 2001-2002) and first Chief Executive of The History Press. He is also a published author, partner in an historical walks company and co-director of Historyfm, the UK’s only multi-media history agency.
  • Originally from Shan State, Union of Burma, Khammai Dhammasami has a doctorate from Oxford. The incumbent of the Oxford Buddha Vihara, he also heads the International Association of Buddhist Universities (www.iabu.org) and has been involved in organising the UN day of Vesak, based in Bangkok since 2005. He travels the world both in that capacity and as teacher and meditation master. He has a key role in the OCBS’ relations with the Sangha and Buddhist Universities in Theravada countries and more widely across Asia. Supporters of the Oxford Buddha Vihara have offered much voluntary help to the OCBS.
  • Alan Strathern is a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Modern History at Brasenose, and Lecturer at St. John’s. He studied Ancient and Modern History at Oxford (1996), and then History and Anthropology at University College London before returning to Oxford for his DPhil. in History (2002). He then moved to Cambridge, first to a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall, and then in 2008 to a College Lectureship at Churchill and Murray Edwards College. He joined Brasenose and St. John’s in 2011.
  • Jan Westerhoff is a Fellow and Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall. He is also a University Lecturer in Religious Ethics. His research focuses on philosophical aspects of the religious traditions of ancient India. Much of his work concentrates on Buddhist thought (especially Madhyamaka) as preserved in Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, he also has a lively interest in Classical Indian philosophy (particularly Nyāya). His research on Buddhist philosophy covers both theoretical (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language) and normative aspects (ethics); he is also interested in the investigation of Buddhist meditative practice from the perspective of cognitive science and the philosophy of mind.

The OCBS is assisted by its Academic Advisory Committee:

Cathy Cantwell catherine.cantwell@orinst.ox.ac.uk

David Gellner david.gellner@anthro.ox.ac.uk

Dirk Meyer dirk.meyer@orinst.ox.ac.uk

James Lewis jay.lewis@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Peggy Morgan peggy.morgan@mansfield.ox.ac.uk

Phillip Harries phillip.harries@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Richard Gombrich richard.gombrich@balliol.ox.ac.uk

Rob Mayer robert.mayer@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Sarah Shaw sarah99@onetel.com

Sondra Hausner Sondra.hausner@theology.ox.ac.uk

Ulrike Roesler ulrike.roesler@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Ven. K. Dhammasami oxford.k.dhammasami@googlemail.com

Glen Dudbridge glen_dudbridge@yahoo.com

Robert Chard robert.chard@orinst.ox.ac.uk

The OCBS also has an Advisory Board:

  • Ven. Hin Hung Sik –  Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong.
  • Prof. Dr. Cristina Scherrer-Schaub – Chair of History of Indian Buddhism, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
  • Prof. S Hwang – Associate Professor, Major of Indian Philosophy, Dongguk University, Seoul.
  • Prof. Shoryu Katsura – Professor, Ryukoku University.
  • Prof. Florin Deleanu – Professor at the International Institute for Buddhist Studies (affiliated to the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies)
  • Prof. Akira Saito – Professor in the Dept. of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies, Graduate School of Humanities & Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo

To see the CV’s of the members of our Advisory Board please click on their individual names.