Research strengths in the department of the Buddhist Studies Program are:

  • Method in the study of Indian and Buddhist thought
  • Early Buddhist literature, particularly of the ‘Mainstream’ schools, preserved in Pali, Gandhari, Prakrit, Buddhist Sanskrit and Chinese
  • Recent discoveries of Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Buddhism in South and South-east Asia, with a special interest in ancient Gandhara
  • Buddhist Sanskrit and the Middle Indo-Aryan languages, particularly Pali and Gandhari
  • Chan/Zen Buddhism
  • Chinese Religions and Cultural Studies
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Chinese Buddhist Art and Archaeology