[INDOLOGY] Lance Cousins

Geoffrey Samuel SamuelG at cardiff.ac.uk
Fri Mar 20 01:50:28 UTC 2015

That is very sad news, particularly because so unexpected. I first got to know Lance nearly 50 years ago, when he was still a graduate student at Cambridge. He was my first real teacher in relation to Buddhist studies and much else, a generous scholar with an original and creative mind, and he has been a true friend over very many years. I shall miss him greatly, and I am sure that many others will also do so.

Geoffrey Samuel
University of Sydney; Cardiff University

From: INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> on behalf of Rupert Gethin <Rupert.Gethin at bristol.ac.uk>
Sent: 20 March 2015 00:04
To: Indology
Subject: [INDOLOGY] Lance Cousins

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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