About IRIAB

The International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology [IRIAB].

The International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology (IRIAB) was established in 1997 at Soka University. Its ultimate aim is to contribute to the peace and prosperity of living beings on earth through the pursuit of textual criticism and history of ideas on the firm basis of philological methods of research, in just recognition of Buddhism as a cultural heritage of mankind. With this fundamental aim in mind, it has been decided to carry on the following activities:

  1. Study and research.
  2. Making the results of this research activity public.
  3. Issue of publications, such as a bulletin, etc
  4. Acquisition, organization, and preservation of material relevant to IRIAB s research activities.
  5. Organization of workshops, conferences, open lectures, etc.
  6. Exchange with researchers and research institutions form Japan and abroad.
  7. Other activities necessary for the accomplishment of the preceding.

At present, the principal activities of IRIAB include publication of the Annual Report of The International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University (which mainly consists of articles written in English) , of a series of monographs (Bibliotheca Philologica et Philosophica Buddhica) which represent the results of the individual research work of IRIAB members and of joint projects (The British Library Sanskrit Fragments, The St. Petersburg Sanskrit Fragments and Gilgit Manuscripts in the National Archives of India); the organization of a series of lectures, called Buddhist Meetings (four times per academic year) generally intended for the invitation of overseas scholars; the promotion of joint research projects with the foreign scholars invited to the institute; the participation of IRIAB members to international conferences; and the establishment of a specialized library devoted to Buddhology and related fields.

Publications from IRIAB

It is available for download in PDF.

  • Annual Report of The International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University.
    Vols. I-XVIII (1998-2015).
    Go to "ARIRIAB page"
  • Bibliotheca Philologica et Philosophica Buddhica. Vols. I-XIII (1998-2012).
    Go to "BPPB page"
  • The Buddhist Manuscripts from Central Asia: The British Library Sanskrit Fragments. Vol. I (2006),
    II. 1, 2 (2009), III. 1, 2 (2015)
    Go to "BLSF page"
  • The Buddhist Manuscripts from Central Asia: The St. Petersburg Sanskrit Fragments. Vol. I (2015).
    Go to "StPSF page"
  • Gilgit Manuscripts in the National Archives of India, Facsimile Edition.
    Vols. I. Vinaya Texts (2014), II.1. Prajñāpāramitā Texts (1) (2016). [PDF not available]
  • Sanskrit, Gāndhārī and Bactrian Manuscripts in the Hirayama Collection.
    Ed. by Tatsushi Tamai, 2016. [PDF not available]

For application form for publications, please go to the publications page.

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