SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Aruna Gamage

MA in Buddhist Studies (Kelaniya), MPhil in Pāli (Kelaniya)
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Aruba Goigoda Gamage
Centre of Buddhist Studies

Research Student Member

Mr Aruna Gamage
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Thesis title:
Buddhaghosa’s Critique of Divergent Buddhist Views: A Doctrinal Study Mainly Based on Pāli Commentarial Exegesis
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  • Brough Sanskrit Award: 2017, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • Khyentse Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies: 2017, for the Outstanding MPhil Upgrade Thesis, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Award: 2015-2018 for PhD Studies at SOAS, University of London, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom.

PhD Research

This study critically analyses the divergent Buddhist views and dialogic debates which emerged on some doctrinal points of the Pāli canon, along with Buddhaghosa’s assessment of these views as have been preserved in the Aṭṭhakathās. I will carry out my Fieldwork in Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich (LMU), Germany from 16th October 2017 to 14th February 2018. During this period, I will study Gilgit manuscripts and Buddhist Sanskrit during this period with Dr. Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Professor of Indology, Institute of Indology and Tibetology LMU.


  • “Is Nibbāna Different from Arahantship? A Study of the Doctrinal Dispute between Theravādins and Vitaṇḍavādins Reflected in the Pāli Commentaries,” XVIIIth Congress of the IABS, University of Toronto, Canada, 2017.
  • “Two Series of Kāludāyi’s Verses as Transmitted in Pāli Commentaries”, SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies Postgraduate Workshop, SOAS, University of London, UK 2017.
  • “The Kāludāyi-Theragāthā as Transmitted in the Pāli Commentaries.” Eighth International Indology Graduate Research Symposium, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany 2016.
  • “Why Literal Meaning is Insufficient? A Study of Desanāsīsa Explanations in Pāli commentaries.” Translating Buddhism Conference, York St. John University, United Kingdom, 2016.


  • Academic Staff Member, Department of Pali and Buddhist studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Associate Student Member, Centre of Buddhist Studies, SOAS, University of London


  • Pāli Canon (Tipiṭaka)
  • Commentaries (Aṭṭhakathās)