[INDOLOGY] Lance Cousins

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Fri Mar 20 11:27:39 UTC 2015

May I add *my words of regret at* the loss we have sustained by Prof.
Cousins untimely death.

His grateful reader,

Artur Karp,


2015-03-20 11:48 GMT+01:00 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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