[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Lance Cousins

Elizabeth De Michelis e.demichelis at ymail.com
Fri Mar 20 22:47:24 UTC 2015

Sad to hear it. The scholarly community has lost a kindly, wise presence, and the benefit of his live, accumulated, carefully and clearly expressed knowledge, though the writings remain. His absence will be especially felt in Oxford, surely.In sympathy,Elizabeth De Michelis 

     On Friday, 20 March 2015, 20:21, George Thompson <gthomgt at gmail.com> wrote:

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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> wrote:

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 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> 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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