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Richard Gombrich


Professor Richard Gombrich taught Indian religions and languages for 40 years at Oxford University and was Boden Professor of Sanskrit from 1976-2004.  In particular, Gombrich is interested in Buddhism and Pali (the language of Theravada Buddhist scripture); he has been President of the Pali Text Society and has lived in a Sinhalese village.


Gombrich’s main research has been into the anthropology and the early history of Buddhism, publishing ten books and over 100 articles. In 2004, when he reached mandatory retirement, he founded the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies which is based at Wolfson.