Wednesday, 7 December 2011

SAALG 86th Conference - Buddhism: Texts and Tales. Friday 27th January 2012

We are delighted to announce that the next SAALG conference will take place at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy at Taplow Court on Friday 27th January 2012. The theme for the day will be Buddhism and our speakers will present papers looking at different types of Buddhist texts from different parts of Asia and recent cataloguing projects. During the day there will also be the opportunity to learn more about the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and its Library and a tour of Taplow Court, a mid-19th century mansion, which is home to the Institute.

The programme includes the following speakers and talks:

'Establishing the IOP-UK and its library' - Sarah Norman (Librarian - Institute of Oriental Philosophy, UK) 

'The Cambridge Sanskrit Manuscripts Project' - Craig Jamieson (Keeper of Sanskrit Manuscripts, University of Cambridge)

'The Last Ten Jatakās and the Ten Perfections' - Dr Sarah Shaw (Honorary Fellow, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies)

'Hidden Gems: Traditional Tai/Sinhala Theravada Meditation manuscripts in Thai and British collections' - Dr Kate Crosby (SOAS)/Phibul Choompolpaisal/Dr Andrew Skilton (Bodleian)

Image of RAS MS Hodgson 1 Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita.
Buddhist Sanskrit manuscript, Nepal, 12th century AD.

The price of the conference will be £20 payable on the day and this will include lunch and refreshments. If you are interested in coming please contact Helen Porter for the full programme or to book a place (by Friday 20th January). The nearest train station is Taplow and free shuttle buses run to and from the Institute to coincide with train arrivals and departures. There is also plenty of space for car parking.

Helen Porter, SAALG Secretary, Assistant Librarian, Royal Asiatic Society.
Email: Tel: 020 7391 9424

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