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It is with great sadness that the OCBS has learnt of the death of Revd. Toshihide Numata, Chairman of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (BDK), on 16 February 2017.

Revd Numata and BDK have been great friends to the Centre, and to Buddhist Studies around the world.  Under Revd Numata’s chairmanship, BDK made a generous benefaction which established the Numata Professorship of Buddhist Studies at Oxford University.

A full detailing of Revd. Numata’s involvement with Oxford University can be read here.

 MPhil In Buddhist Studies

This newly launched two-year degree aims to give comprehensive training in one of the main Buddhist canonical languages, namely Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan and Classical Chinese. In-depth explorations of Buddhist history, philosophy, and literature will be the focus, along with a comprehensive study of important Buddhist texts in the original language.

This degree can be a standalone qualification or preparation for doctoral research.

More information about this programme can be found at:

Oxford University – Graduate Admissions.

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