Buddhist Narrative Literature
Professor Shrikant Bahulkar, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Pune
DRBU Conference Room
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:30pm
free and open to the public
Buddhist narrative literature includes legends from the Avadānaśataka, Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya, Mahāvastu, Divyāvadāna, Jātakamālās of Āryaśūra and other poets, e.g. Haribhaṭṭa and Gopadatta, legends from Kṣemendra’s Bodhisattvāvadānakalpalatā, Mahajjātakamālā and Ratnamālāvadāna.
A senior Sanskrit professor in India, Dr. Shrikant Bahulkar has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sanskrit for more than 30 years. Both his research and teaching focus on Buddhist Studies, Vedic Studies, Ayurveda, and Classical Sanskrit Literature. After doing his M. A. and Ph. D. in Sanskrit from the University of Pune (1970 – 1977), he conducted his postgraduate research at the Nagoya University, Japan. He worked in the Deccan College, Pune (1979-81), the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (1981-1993; 1995-2006; 2009) and the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Sarnath (1993-95; 2006-2009; 2010-2012). He headed the Rare Buddhist Texts Research Department of CUTS. He has also worked as Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada (1993), Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany (1998-99) and Harvard University, Cambridge, U. S. A. (2010) and Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (2014). In recent years (2012–14), he worked with Prof. Michael Hahn at the Philipps University, Marburg on some Buddhist narrative texts. He is associated with several academic Institutes, namely, the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Vedaśāstrottejakasabhā, Vaidika Saṁśodhana Maṇḍala, and the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Pune. He is a founder member and office bearer of the Bṛhanmahārāṣṭra Prācyavidyā Pariṣad, Saṁvidyā Institute of Cultural Studies and Deshana Institute of Buddhist and Allied Studies. Presently he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Pune (renamed as Sāvitrībai Phule Pune University) and the K. J. Somaiya Centre forBuddhist Studies, Mumbai. He is Honorary Secretary of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute and Editor of the Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.