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OCBS News May 2012

Article Index
OCBS News May 2012
Report from Richard Gombrich
Visit of HH the Gyalwang Drukpa
Volume Two of the JOCBS
Ensuring Pali Scholarship
Centre for Applied Buddhism
OCBS Update
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Welcome to OCBS News.  You may have noticed the change in the name of this newsletter.  In November last year the Boards of both charities voted that they would now continue into the future as totally separate legal entities.  So-Wide’s initial brief was to ensure the setting up of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  This has now been achieved.

Last year the OMC felt it was ready to move forward on its own.  In November it was decided that the OCBS was also now in a robust position administratively and could move forward on its own.  The OCBS will be concentrating on academic work in Buddhist Studies within the University of Oxford.  So-Wide will be concentrating on activities that explore the bridge between academia and the practice communities.  The charities still maintain a cordial relationship and So-Wide will be bringing any projects it thinks suitable to the OCBS for possible collaboration.  Both Boards expressed gratitude for the history of the charities' connection.

In this issue we have a report from Richard Gombrich on his recent visit to Taiwan. We also have a report on the recent visit of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to Wolfson College at Oxford, which the OCBS was involved in.

The main news of this newsletter is the publication of the next volume of our Journal – on the 21st May. We are including here an excerpt of the editorial from this volume highlighting some significant contributions to the Journal plus a link to abstracts of all the articles. If you have already subscribed then the new Volume will be available on the Journal Hosting page from 15th May. If you have yet to subscribe then this is a great way to support the Centre’s work in Buddhist Studies.

We also have details of the ever-popular Pali Summer School, some news from the Centre for Applied Buddhism – the new incarnation of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, and we end with an update of recent activities at the OCBS.



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