About Dr Mark Allon

His primary interests are in the composition and transmission of early Buddhist literature, in the ways in which texts have been used by Buddhist communities, and in the languages of early Buddhist texts.

His current research focuses on recent discoveries of ancient Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan, particularly those in the Gandhari language through the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project.

His primary interests are in the composition and transmission of early Buddhist literature, in the ways in which texts have been used by Buddhist communities, and in the languages of early Buddhist texts.  Dr Allon's research areas incliude: 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 Southeast Asia, with a special interest in ancient Gandhara Buddhist Sanskrit and the Middle Indo-Aryan languages, particularly Pali and Gandhari  Dr Allon's is currently supervising research into: Pali, Gandhari, and Sanskrit Buddhist literature Buddhism in South, South-east and Central Asia Buddhist thought and practice Buddhist artDr Mark Allon teaches Pali, Sanskrit, and Buddhist and Asian studies.