The first contributions to the “Generations of Buddhist Studies” project have now been posted on H-Buddhism. These contributions represent biographical reminiscences on the part of senior Buddhist Studies scholars from around the globe. These can be found by going to the top page of H-Buddhism and clicking on the link on the the right side under "H-Buddhism Resources", labeled "Generations of Buddhist Studies." A direct link is provided here: [Generations of Buddhist Studies].
It is my hope that this project will give current and future Buddhist Studies scholars a helpful and personal view of how our discipline has developed over the past half-century (or longer).
Contributors were encouraged to reflect on how they chose Buddhist Studies as their career pursuit, negotiated their way through their graduate education, where their career has led them, what their hopes are/were during their career and what their hopes for the future of Buddhist Studies might be. Along the way, any stories about academic life, friendships that developed, rivalries that occurred, and so forth are included so as to help readers get a full view of our discipline. Some contributors included stories about how their family life factored into things, as well as reflections on their travels, and influences they've had on the overall discipline.
I’m sure that many of us have privately wondered about the lives of the early Buddhist Studies scholars such as Thomas W. Rhys Davids, Hermann Oldenberg, Isaline Blew Horner, Louis de La Vallée Poussin, Étienne Lamotte, Erich Frauwallner, Jan de Jong, Heinz Bechert, Alex Wayman, Leon Hurvitz, Gadjin Nagao, Richard Robinson, Masatoshi Nagatomi, and many others. The “Generation of Buddhist Studies” project is designed to eliminate those issues for current and future generations of Buddhist Studies scholars.
In the near future, many many more chapters will be posted as scholars who have agreed to participate submit their contributions.
If YOU would like to contribute to this project, you may send your contribution to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contributors have only two requirements: (1) that Buddhist Studies is their primary academic discipline and (2) that they completed their Ph.D. prior to 2010.
Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy the contributions already online.
Charles Prebish (email@example.com)
Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University & Utah State University