[INDOLOGY] Lance Cousins

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 10:48:02 UTC 2015

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).

Dominik Wujastyk

On 20 March 2015 at 01:04, Rupert Gethin <Rupert.Gethin at bristol.ac.uk>

> 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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