Ratnākara Readings 2018 (21st Feb – 23rd March)
Thanks to the generous support of Khyentse Foundation, the International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies, Mahidol University, is happy to announce our forthcoming yearly installment of the Ratnākara Readings. This year they will be divided into three parts:
Part I: “The oldest Chinese translation of the Dhātuvibhaṅga Sūtra (蓱沙王五願經, T511) and its Pāli, Chinese and Tibetan parallels”
Prof. Jan Nattier, Dr Giuliano Giustarini, Dr Torsten Gerloff
Recently, I came across references of a Sanskrit text Saklādhikāra by Agastya. He seems to be the first author to systematise the practice of image making in South India. I am particularly interested to know more about this text, any scholarly work on its history and English translation of this work.
The Naval Kishore Press was founded in Lakhnau in 1858 by Munshi Naval Kishore (1836-1895) and grew in the following decades to one of India's most important publishing houses.
The Library of the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University holds with its ca. 2,000 titles - 742 on microfilm - issued by the Naval Kishore Press a representative cross section of the Press' publications.
Earlier this month, a group of scholars assembled at the EFEO Center in Pondicherry for a conference on the theme "From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal". The conference program is appended below. We intend to publish the papers before too long.
Introduction to Sanskrit – Twenty-Hours Intensive
Mattia Salvini, August 2017
The International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies will offer an intensive Sanskrit course, for a total of twenty hours. The course aims to offer an overview of basic Sanskrit, including pronunciation and grammar, with some emphasis on Buddhist texts and Buddhist vocabulary; participation does not require any prior knowledge of Sanskrit and is open to all.
Introduction to Sanskrit
Dates: 7th – 11th August 2017, 8.30-13.00 (lunch break 11.30-12.00)