SOAS University of London

Qingniao Li

From Indian Buddhism to Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, the diversity of the courses perfectly fitted my interests in Buddhism.

SOAS was my first choice to study Buddhism, for it provides abundant resources to students who study in this area. From Indian Buddhism to Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, the diversity of the courses perfectly fitted my interests in Buddhism. Sanskrit and Pāli, the foremost languages of Buddhism are also taught here at SOAS. All the courses are taught by tutors who have done excellent research in their field. Studying at SOAS has given me precious opportunities to get in touch with contemporary scholarship in Buddhist Studies. The Centre of Buddhist Studies invites leading scholars to deliver various seminars regarding their research findings. Some of the CBS seminars such as the one on Buddhist exegetical literature studies inspired me to study Buddhism in a more distinct approach.

The vast Buddhist canonical collections in SOAS library are sufficient to support me to do my research in depth. There are numerous recensions of the Pāli Canon in the library, and I could easily find its translated versions in Pāli, English and even Chinese. The collections of Buddhist Studies are rich enough to satisfy the need of doing relative research. The library is one of my favourite places in SOAS. Sitting in the library to study for a whole day and being surrounded by students in many different research areas encourages me to focus on my own interests. Studying Buddhism at SOAS is certainly an enjoyable journey full of enlightenment and encouragement, and the academic atmosphere enables me to be immersed in Buddhist Studies