SOAS University of London

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

Mr 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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  • 2018 Dissertation Fellowship, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, American Council of Learned Societies

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Award: 2015-2018 for PhD Studies at SOAS, University of London, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom

  • Brough Sanskrit Award: 2017, SOAS University of London

  • Khyentse Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies: 2017, for the Outstanding MPhil Upgrade Thesis, SOAS University of London

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 carried out my Fieldwork in Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich (LMU), Germany from 16th October 2017 to 26th November 2018. During this period, I studied Prakrit and Buddhist Sanskrit with Dr. Stefen Baums and Prof. Dr. Johannes Schneider at 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.


  • 2018 Dissertation Fellow, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, American Council of Learned Societies

  • Academic Staff Member, Department of Pali and Buddhist studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka


  • Pāli Canon (Tipiṭaka)
  • Commentaries (Aṭṭhakathās)
  • Mahāvihāra Scholastic Tenets Reflected in Pāli Commentaries (Aṭṭhakathās)