The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies offers an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Grants support interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary work encouraging international and multilingual projects. It welcomes projects that relate different Buddhist traditions to each other or that relate scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

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  • Governing the Monastic Order. a Comparative Exploration of Traditional Sangha-Laws in Pre-Modern Laos and Their Transformations Under Colonialism  |  Abstract

    This project examines texts and laws that concern the governance and administration of the sangha in Laos during the pre-modern and the colonial period (19th century – 1953). First, it will explore how legal and religious concepts borrowed (directly or not) from India were adapted to pre-modern Buddhist Lao kingdoms. Secondly, research will examine modern colonial legislations for controlling and administering the sangha in the French Laos. Synthesizing the results and focusing on the concept of ‘localization’, the ruptures and continuities of Buddhist law making under different political regimes will be explored. By combining textual analysis with historical methods and theories, broader conclusions will be drawn from comparisons with other Theravada cases in South and Southeast Asia.

    Patrice Ladwig
    Patrice Ladwig

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

    Gregory Kourilsky
    Gregory Kourilsky

    Independent Scholar, History of Religion