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Kate Crosby is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London. She has previously held posts at the universities of Edinburgh, Lancaster, Cardiff and SOAS, London, as well as visiting posts at the Buddhist Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; McGill in Montreal and Dongguk University, S. Korea. She was educated at the universities of Oxford, Hamburg and Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, where she was a Commonwealth scholar. She works on Sanskrit, Pali and Pali-vernacular literature, and on Theravada practice in the pre-modern and modern periods. She has conducted fieldwork in most Theravada countries and particularly enjoys the opportunities she has had to collaborate with local and traditional scholars. Books by her include Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara: Buddhist Path to Awakening, Oxford University Press 1995, with Andrew Skilton; The Dead of Night & the Women, New York University Press and JJC Foundation, 2009; Traditional Theravada Meditation and its Modern Era Suppression, Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong 2013, and Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity, Identity, Blackwell-Wiley, 2014. She is co-editor of the international peer-review journal Contemporary Buddhism. She is currently working on the varying responses to modernity across a range of Theravada practices and countries.

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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