• Naomi Appleton University of Edinburgh
  • Peter Harvey University of Sunderland





Author Biography

Naomi Appleton, University of Edinburgh

Naomi Appleton is Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Edinburgh. Her primary research interest is the role of narrative in early South Asian religions. She is the author of Jātaka Stories in Theravāda Buddhism (Ashgate, 2010) as well as a number of articles on Buddhist and Jain narrative.


2015. ‘The Case of the Abhidhamma Commentary’. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 36–37(1–2) (2013–2014[2015]): 389–422. On this literature in general but particularly the A??has?lin?, whose sources he traces back to the late second century and earlier.

2016. ‘Sanskrit Abhidharma Literature of the Mah?vih?rav?sins’. In Text, History and Philosophy: Abhidharma across Buddhist Scholastic Traditions¸ edited by Bart Dessein and Weijen Teng, 169–222. Leiden: Brill. On the influence of Sri Lankan Abhidhamma ideas in mainland India, especially through the works of Jotip?la (sixth–seventh century). This is possibly an amended version of his 2013 [Buddhist era 2556]. ‘Abhidhamma Studies II: Sanskrit Abhidharma Literature of the Mah?vih?rav?sins’, Thai International Journal for Buddhist Studies 4: 1–61.

2017. ‘On the Earliest Buddhist Schools’. In Holy Wealth: Accounting for This World and the Next in Religious Belief and Practice: Festschrift for John R. Hinnells, edited by Almut Hintze and Alan Williams, 21–48. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

2018. The Book of Pairs and its Commentary: A translation of the Yamaka and Yamakappakara?a??hakath?, Vol I, translated by C.M.M. Shaw and L.S. Cousins.
It includes Lance’s translation of the relevant portion of the ancient commentary, the Pañcappakara?a-a??hakath? and is intended as the first of a planned three-volume translation of the whole Yamaka and its commentary.

2018. ‘Cetiya and Th?pa: the Textual Sources’. Chapter 2 in Relics and Relic Worship in the Early Buddhism: India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Burma, edited by Janice Stargardt and Michael Willis. London: British Museum Publications

Forthcoming. ‘The sacca-sa?khepa and its commentaries’. Planned to be published in the Journal of the Pali Text Society.

Earlier publications now available online:

1981. ‘The Pa??h?na and the Development of the Therav?din Abhidhamma’, Journal of the Pali Text Society 9: 22–46. http://www.palitext.com/JPTS_scans/JPTS_1981_IX.pdf

1991. ‘The “Five Points” and the Origins of the Buddhist Schools’ The Buddhist Forum Volume II, edited by Tadeusz Skorupski, 27–60. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. http://www.shin-ibs.edu/documents/bForum/v2/03Cousins.pdf

1996. ‘The Origins of Insight Meditation’. In The Buddhist Forum, Volume 4, edited by Tadeusz Skorupski, 35–58. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. http://www.shin-ibs.edu/documents/bForum/v4/03Cousins.pdf

1998. ‘Buddha’ and ‘Nirv??a’. In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Chief Editor Edward Craig. https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/buddha-6th-5th-century-bc/v-1 and https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/nirvana/v-1/sections/origins-and-etymology-of-the-word-nirvana=




How to Cite

Appleton, N., & Harvey, P. (2018). Editorial. Buddhist Studies Review, 35(1-2), 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.37887