Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw is a Part-time lecturer for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and a Faculty Member of the Oriental Institute.

Her research interests include:

  • Early Buddhist (Pāli) suttas and Abhidhamma material on meditation
  • Early Buddhist narrative: literary features of Jātakas and Dhammapada stories
  • Indian and Asian influences on British nineteenth-century writers
  • Modern South and Southeast Asian Buddhist ritual, chant and meditation

Recent publications include:

  • An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation, London and New York: Routledge (2008)
  • Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler and Sarah Shaw eds., Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biographies of Awakening,Boston, MA: Wisdom (2010)
  • The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha, co-written with Naomi Appleton.  Bangkok, Silkworm Press (2015)


Sarah’s newest book has just been published.  Mindfulness:  Where It Comes From and What It Means.  You can find it here.
The audiobook is also currently offered for free with an Audible trial.