Richard F. Gombrich


Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit 

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / Balliol College


Research Interests:

  • Early Buddhism

Current Projects:

Courses Taught:

  • Sanskrit and Pali languages and texts.
  • Early Indian religion.

Recent Publications:

  • Kindness and Compassion as Means to Nirvana. (1997 Gonda Lecture). Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998.
  • Religious Experience in Early Buddhism. (Eighth BASR Lecture, 1997). Leeds: University of Leeds, 1998. 
    How Buddhism Began: the Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings. London: Athlone Press, 1997

Journal Articles:

  • Buddhist Studies in Britain. The State of Buddhist Studies in the World, 1972-1997, eds. Donald K. Swearer, Somparn Prompta. Bangkok: Center for Buddhist Studies, Chulalongkorn University, 2000
  • Discovering the Buddha's Date. Buddhism for the New Millennium, ed. Lakshmi S. Perera. London: World Buddhist Foundation, 2000
  • Organized Bodhisattvas: A Blind Alley in Buddhist Historiography. SœryacandrŒya: Essays in Honour of Akira Yuyama, eds. Paul Harrison and Gregory Schopen. Swisttal-Odendorf: Indica et Tibetica, 1998, 43-56. Reprinted in Studies in Hindu and Buddhist Art, ed P. K. Mishra. New Delhi, Abhinav Publications, 1999.

Photograph of Richard F. Gombrich