SOAS University of London

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

Professor Ulrich Pagel

BA, PhD (London)
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School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Head of School

Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

UG Research/ISP Tutor (Religions & Philosophies)

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Committee Member

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

Convener, Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

Tibetan Studies

Member, Tibetan Studies Group

Human Resources Committee


Centre of Yoga Studies


Executive Board

Head of Department, (History, Religions & Philosophies)

Academic Board

Head of History, Religion & Philosophies

Professor Ulrich Pagel
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4782
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Room 343
Academic Support Hours:
Mon 12-1 (343),Tues 2-5 (online by appointment)


Service in International Associations
  • General Secretary, International Association of Buddhist Studies (2011)
Academic Management
  • Editor-in-Chief, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2010)


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ayesha Fuentes, On the use of human remains in Tibetan ritual objects
  • Manuel Antonio Ato Del Avellanal Carrera, Interdependent Self and Engaged Citizenship: A Buddhist Approach to the Contemporary Philosophical Debate on Civic Virtue
  • Rosemary Busto, Religious and Ascetic Influences on Modern Yoga (Working title)
  • Susan Roach, ‘The Qualities of the Purified’: attitudes towards asceticism in the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya
Research Students Awarded a PhD
  • Ligeia Lugli, The Conception of Language in Indian Mahayana Buddhism, with special reference to the La?kavatarasutra (PhD awarded in May 2011, holds now a 2-year research post at Durham University).
  • Lewis Doney, The Historical Depictions of King Khri srong lde btsan in Eighth to Twelfth Century Tibet (PhD awarded in March 2011, holds now a 3-year research post at Munich University).
  • Jan Westerhoff: Causation in early Madhyamaka Writings (PhD awarded in Sept. 2007, holds now a permanent position at Durham University).
  • Osto, Douglas Edward: The Good Friends of the Ga??avyuha: A Study in Wealth, Gender and Power in a Buddhist Narrative (PhD awarded in Sept. 2004: holds now a tenured appointment at Massey University, New Zealand).
  • Yoeli Tlalim, Ronit, Contemporary Teachings of the Kalacakratantra in Exile (PhD awarded in Oct, 2003: holds now a permanent lectureship at Goldsmith College (University of London)).
  • Shi Zhen Jing: The Literature of the Great Decease: Mahaparinirva?a Materials in Theravada, Mahayana and Taoism (co-supervision, PhD awarded in Sept. 2003).


Mahāyāna Literature, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Ancient India, Buddhist Monasticism, Buddhist Philosophy, Traditions of Buddhist Meditation


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Available for
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Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Pagel, Ulrich (2014) Buddhist Monks in Tax Disputes: Monastic Attitudes towards Revenue Collection in Ancient India. Napoli: Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale".

Pagel, Ulrich and Cüppers, Christoph and van der Kuijp, Leonard (2012) Handbook of Tibetan Iconometry: A Guide to the Arts of the 17th Century. Leiden: Brill.

Pagel, Ulrich (2007) Mapping the Path: Vajrapadas in Mahāyāna Literature. Tokyo: The International Institute for Buddhist Studies.

Pagel, Ulrich and Gaffney, Sean (1996) Location list to the texts in the Microfiche Edition of the Shel dkar (London) Manuscript bKa'' ''gyur. London: The British Library.

Pagel, Ulrich (1995) The Bodhisattvapitaka: Its Doctrines, Practices and their Position in Mahayana Literature. Tring: The Institute of Buddhist Studies.


Pagel, Ulrich (2017) 'Nothing to Declare: Status, Power and Religious Aspiration in the Policies of Taxation in Ancient India'. Medieval Worlds: Religious Exemption in Pre-Modern Eurasia, c. 300-1300 CE, (6), pp 101-117.

Pagel, Ulrich (2007) 'The Dhāraṇī of Mahāvyutpatti #748: Origin and Formation'. Buddhist Studies Review, (24) 2, pp 151-191.

Pagel, Ulrich (2006) 'About Ugra and his Friends: a Recent Contribution on Early Mahayana Buddhism. A review article'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, (16) 1, pp 73-82.

Pagel, Ulrich (1999) 'Three Bodhisattvapitaka Fragments from Tabo: Observations on a West Tibetan Manuscript Tradition'. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, (22,1), pp 167-210.

Edited Books or Journals

Dhondup, Yangdon and Pagel, Ulrich and Samuel, Geoffrey, (eds.), (2013) Monastic and Lay Traditions in North-Eastern Tibet. Leiden: Brill. (Brill's Tibetan Studies Library).

Pagel, Ulrich and Skorupski, Tadeusz, (eds.), (1994) The Buddhist Forum III: Papers in honour and appreciation of Professor David Seyfort Ruegg's contribution to Indological, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. (The Buddhist Forum).

Book Chapters

Pagel, Ulrich (2007) 'Stūpa Festivals in Buddhist Narrative Literature'. In: Klaus, Konrad and Hartmann, Jens-Uwe, (eds.), Indica et Tibetica : Festschrift für Michael Hahn zum 65. Vienna: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien Universität Wien, pp 369-394.

Pagel, Ulrich and Braarvig, Jens (2006) 'Fragments of the Bodhisattvapiṭaka'. In: Braarvig, Jens, (ed.), Buddhist manuscripts 3. Oslo: Hermes Publishing, pp 11-89.

Pagel, Ulrich (2001) 'The Sacred Writings of Buddhism'. In: Harvey, Paul, (ed.), Themes in Religious Studies: Buddhism. London: Pinter Publishing, pp 9-63.

Pagel, Ulrich (1997) 'The Tibetica of the British Library: A Historical Survey'. In: Krasser, Helmut, (ed.), Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the 7th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Schloss Segau 1995. Vol.2. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp 725-732.

Pagel, Ulrich (1994) 'The Bodhisattvapitaka and Aksayamatinirdesa: Continuity and Change in Buddhist Sutras'. In: Skorupski, Tadeusz, (ed.), The Buddhist Forum III. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, pp 333-373.


Pagel, Ulrich (1996) 'Location list to the texts in the microfiche edition of the Śel dkar (London) Manuscript bKa' 'gyur (Or. 6724): compiled from the microfiche edition in conjunction with the original Tibetan manuscript'.


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