[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Lance Cousins

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 15:21:09 EDT 2015

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From: George Thompson <gthomgt at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Lance Cousins
To: Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com>

I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but I have always
benefited from reading Lance's papers and his contributions to the Indology
list.  I have long missed his presence on the list.

With all best wishes to his family and friends,

George Thompson

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:48 AM, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com>

> What a huge loss to scholarship, and a sad and unexpected passing of a
> much loved and valued colleague.  Many years ago, Lance graciously allowed
> his review article <http://indology.info/papers/cousins/> about the
> debate surrounding the date of the Buddha to be published on the INDOLOGY
> website, where it has been read hundreds if not thousands of times.
> Lance's writings on the history of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation
> practices are invaluable (and I use them routinely in my teaching).
> Sincerely,
> Dominik Wujastyk
> On 20 March 2015 at 01:04, Rupert Gethin <Rupert.Gethin at bristol.ac.uk>
> wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> It is with sadness that I write to the list to inform members of the
>> death of Lance Cousins at the age of 72. I understand that Lance died
>> suddenly last Friday in Oxford. Lance will be known to many members of this
>> list both from his publications and his contributions to the list; many
>> will also have benefited from the generous way in which he shared his
>> learning by way of comment and advice.
>> Lance studied history and then oriental studies at Cambridge before being
>> appointed Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the
>> University of Manchester where he taught Buddhism, Hinduism, comparative
>> mysticism, Pali and Sanskrit. He took early retirement in the 1990s, moving
>> to Oxford where he taught Buddhism in the Faculty of Theology and Pali and
>> Middle Indian in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Lance served as President
>> of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies and of the Pali Text Society.
>> His published articles concern the history of Buddhist schools, Abhidhamma
>> literature and thought, as well as Pali, Middle Indian and Buddhist
>> Sanskrit textual studies. Lance was also a founding member of the Samatha
>> Trust and a much respected teacher of samatha meditation. He will be
>> remembered by many as a true paṇḍita.
>> Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
>> With best wishes,
>> Rupert Gethin
>> Professor of Buddhist Studies
>> University of Bristol
>> Department of Religion and Theology
>> 3 Woodland Road
>> Bristol BS8 1TB, UK
>> Email: Rupert.Gethin at bristol.ac.uk
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