Division of Department of Global Humanities Department of Indology and History of Indian Buddhism
We study Indian Buddhism, a religion with roots going back more than 3,000 years
Our research covers a period of more than 3000 years. It starts with the linguistic culture of the Indo-Aryan peoples (who belonged to the Indo‐European language family) before their expansion across the Indian subcontinent, and follows the development of Buddhism, which was born in India and then spread to Tibet and East Asia. We conduct rigorous analyses of Hindu and Buddhist writings, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata, Hindu sacred texts, and classical Hindi literature (including fiction and philosophical treatises), as well as early Buddhist texts, the Mahayana sutras, textbooks, and esoteric Buddhist scriptures. In the classroom we read basic sources, with grammar and research books always at hand. Many centuries ago the inhabitants of a faraway land left us what should be called classics of humanity: as products of serious debates and dedicated contemplation about human life and afterlife, about the structure of the world and the universe, these texts appeal to us even now. You can observe how concepts such as “karma” or “reincarnation” emerged and spread in India before being imported to Japan, on the one hand, and learn about values and views of life specific to Hindu society, on the other hand. Our discipline boasts a long history of international cooperation. We hope to be joined by bright young researchers who will endeavor to pursue their studies in this rich environment, with human history set up as a universal axis for various inquiries.