The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (‘OCBS’) is a Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University (RIC).
Click here for the 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 eight 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.
- Graham Shaw acts as Honorary Treasurer for the Centre. Graham is Chief Executive of the DIPEx charity and was formerly managing director of high-technology businesses engaged in publishing, finance and software security. Graham has worked overseas in France and the USA and has particular experience in managing investment strategies for smaller organisations and start-ups.
- 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
- 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.
- John Peacocke has a doctorate in Philosophy, was for many years the Director of the Sharpham Centre for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry and now teaches Buddhism both to practitioners and also at Bristol University. He gave a well-attended series of public talks in Oxford in 2005, and has an important role in the OCBS’ outreach activities.
- Chris Minkowski is the Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University. His research interests include Vedic language, literature and religion, Sanskrit Epic, Early Modern Intellectual History and History of Science.
- David Gellner - David Gellner is Professor of Social Anthropology, a Fellow of All Souls, and Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. His research interests include Anthropology of South Asia, East Asia, Buddhism, Hinduism, traditional urbanism, healers and their relation to religion, ritual and symbolism, politics, ethnicity, and activism.
The OCBS is assisted by its Academic Advisory Committee:
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. Ernst Steinkellner - Guest Researcher, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, University of Austria.
- Prof. Paul M. Harrison - George Edward Burnell Chair in Religious Studies at Stanford University.
- 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
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