Professor Rupert M L Gethin

BA, MA, PhD (Manc.)

  • BS8 1TB

1991 …2019

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Research interests

My main research interest is the history and development of Indian Buddhist thought in the Nikāyas/Āgamas and Pali and Sanskrit exegetical sources relating to the Abhidharma. I am currently working on two main projects: a series of studies of aspects of the theories of Indian Buddhist meditation, and a book on Abhidharma thought provisionally titled "Buddhist maps of the mind and body: a study of Buddhist thought in the Theravāda, Sarvāstivāda and Yogācāra Abhidharma".


At undergraduate level I teach courses relting to Buddhism, Hinduism and Indian Philosophy: Foundations of Buddhist Thought and Practice, Divine Love in Hinduism, Indian Philosophy, Yoga and Meditation, Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health.

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Research Output

Emptiness and Unknowing: An Essay in Comparative Mysticism

Gethin, R., 2019, In : Buddhist Studies Review. 35, 1–2, p. 81–96 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Reading Repetitions in the Saṃyutta-nikāya and Early Abhidhamma: from the Mahāvagga to the Dhammasaṅgaṇi

    Gethin, R., 2019, (In preparation) Research on the Saṃyukta-āgama. Dhammadinnā (ed.). Taipei: Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    The jhānas in the Buddhist path to liberation: the Theravāda perspective

    Gethin, R., 2019, Meditación y contemplación: Caminos hacia la paz (Budismo Theravada y mística teresiana): Meditation and contemplation: Pathways to peace (Theravada Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism). Sancho Fermín, F. J. (ed.). Burgos: Grupo Editorial Fonte, p. 177-206 30 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Evans-Wentz Lecture

    Rupert M L Gethin (Participant)

    17 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Sophia (Journal)

    Rupert M L Gethin (Peer reviewer)

    Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Layers of Interpretation

    Rupert M L Gethin (Participant)

    15 Jun 201816 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Supervised Work

    A study of a stereotyped structure of the path in early Buddhist literature : a comparative study of the Pali, Chinese and Sanskrit sources

    Author: Yit, K. T., 2004

    Supervisor: Gethin, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The Origins and Development of Sammā Arahaṃ Meditation: From Phra Mongkhon Thepmuni (Sot Candasaro) to Phra Thep Yan Mongkhon (Sermchai Jayamaṅgalo)

    Author: Cholvijarn, P., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Gethin, R. M. L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)