One of the main research areas of PHI is the Languages and Literatures of Buddhism, i.e. the study of the classical philosophical and religious literature of Buddhism – written in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Classical Chinese and Uyghur. 

Currently, the following projects and activites at PHI belong to this research area:

  • Bodhisatvapiṭaka

  • Avataṃsaka

  • Ashoka Inscriptions

  • Silk Road Languages

  • Barlaam and Josaphat

  • Sanskrit courses

For more information about these and other projects, go to the PHI project page, seminar page and course page

The Norwegian Institute of Philology will publish more comprehensive information about this research area in due course.


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