L. S. Cousins

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Lance Selwyn Cousins is a scholar in the field of Buddhist Studies. Born in Hertfordshire, he studied history and oriental studies at Cambridge University, and took up a post in the Department of Comparative Religion at Manchester University. After retirement he continued to publish scholarly papers such as "The Dating of the Historical Buddha: A Review article," which was published in The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.[1] Professor Richard Gombrich has described him as the leading authority in the West in the field of abhidhamma.[2] He served a term (2002/3) as President of the Pali Text Society.

In addition to his academic work, he is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation in a Thai samatha tradition.


  1. ^ INDOLOGY - The Dating of the Historical Buddha: A Review Article Archived 24 December 2010 at WebCite
  2. ^ The State of Buddhist Studies in the World 1972-1997, ed Swearer & Promta, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2000, page 182