Mahinda Deegalle

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Lecturer in the Study of Religions


Bath Spa University College


Mailing Address

School of Historical and Cultural Studies
Bath Spa University College
Newton Park
Bath BA2 9BN, United Kingdom

Phone/Fax Number(s)

Phone: 44/1225-875429
FAX: 44/1225-875503

Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka


Working Languages: Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit, English, (French and German
reading only) and Japanese

Research Interests

(1) Buddhist Preaching in Theravada, (2) Mahayana Movement
in Sri Lanka, (3) Buddhism, Conflict Resolution and Violence,
(4) Ascetic Spirituality in Japan

Teaching Interests

(1) Theravada Buddhism, (2) Japanese Religions, (3)
Methodological Issues in the Study of Religions, (4) Ethics,
Monastic Practices and Asceticism


Budusamaya saha Sri Lankave Janavargika Ghattaanaya ('Buddhism and Ethnic
Conflict in Sri Lanka'), ed. Mahinda Deegalle. Oslo: Buddhist Federation
of Norway, 2003, pp. xx+378.

Bana saha Budusamaya ('Preaching and Buddhism'). Wadduwa: Wivekarama
Sanvardhana Padanama, 1997, pp. xvi+102.

Pali Buddhism, edited with Frank J. Hoffman. Surrey, U.K.: Curzon Press,
1996, pp. xiv+233.

Nirvanaya saha Sadacaraya (Nirvana and Morality). Nugegoda: Deepani Press,
1986, pp. xii+97.

"Poetic Preaching: Monastic Strategies in Constituting Buddhist
Communities in Modern Sri Lanka and Thailand," Constituting Communities:
Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia,
ed. John C. Holt, Jacob N. Kinnard, and Jonathan W. Walters
(Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003).

"All Ceylon Buddhist Congress" (37-38), "Hosso Shu" (606-07), "Ontake Kyo"
(975-76), "Sarvodaya" (1134-35), and "Young Men's Buddhist Association" (1446-47), in
Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices,
ed. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002).

"Is Violence Justified in Theravada Buddhism?" Current Dialogue 39 (2002):

"Textuality of the Jayamangala Gatha and Its Liturgical Role in Modern Buddhist
Marriage Ceremony," in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honour of Professor Lily de
Silva, ed. P.D. Premasiri et al (Peradeniya: The Department of Pali and Buddhist
Studies, University of Peradeniya, 2002), pp. 183-97.

"Soteriological Fundamentalism and Interreligious Dialogue," Current Dialogue 37
(2001): 9-12.

"Asceticism: Buddhist Perspectives" (89-92), "Death Rituals" (364-67), "Marathon
Monks" (821-22), "Music: Buddhist Perspectives" (909-11), "Sri Lanka: History"
(1198-99), "Sri Lanka: Recent Changes" (1200), "Temple" (1238-40), and "Virtues"
(1329-30), in Encyclopedia of Monasticism, ed. William M. Johnston (Chicago and
London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000).

"Buddhist Critical Attitudes for Postmodern Age," Buddhism for the New
Millennium, ed. Lakshman S. Perera et al (London: World Buddhist Foundation,
2000), pp. 133-39.

"From Buddhology to Buddhist Theology: An Orientation to Sinhala Buddhism,"
Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, eds.
Roger Jackson and John Makransky (Surrey, U.K.: Curzon Press, 2000), pp. 331-45.

"Noviyat Hudijana: Local Consciousness within Disappearing Cosmopolitan
Buddhism," Sambhasa: Vidyodaya 125 Vana Sastriya Samaru Sangrahaya, ed.
G.D. Ratnapala et al. Vol. 10. (Battaramulla: Pirivena Education Branch,
Ministry of Education and Higher Education, 1999), pp. 483-503.

"A Search for Mahayana in Sri Lanka," Journal of the International
Association for Buddhist Studies, 22 (2) 1999: 343-57.

"Buddha's Rock: Mahayana Legacy at Buduruvagala," Journal of Pali and
Buddhist Studies 12 (1998): 103-15.

"Mahayana Ideas within Theravada?" Buddhist Studies 27 (1998): 99-118.

"Marathon Preachers: The Two-pulpit Tradition in Sri Lanka," Asiatische
Studien 52 (1) 1998: 15-56.

"A Bibliography on Sinhala Buddhism," Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 1997
(on-line journal);

"Buddhist Preaching and Sinhala Religious Rhetoric: Medieval Buddhist
Methods to Popularize Theravada," Numen 44 (1997): 180-210.

"Buddhist Principles of Democracy: An Exploration of Ethical and
Philosophical Foundations," Buddhist Studies 26 (1997): 89-107.

"Innovations in Theravada Buddhist Rituals," Journal of Indian and
Buddhist Studies 46 (1997): 685-692.

"Reconsidering Buddhist Preaching: Bana Tradition in Sri Lanka," Recent
Researches in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honour of Professor Y. Karunadasa, ed.
K. Dhammajoti, Asanga Tilakaratne and Kapila Abhayawansa (Colombo and Hong
Kong: Y. Karunadasa Felicitation Committee and Chi Ying Foundation, 1997), pp. 427-53.

"Vernacular Buddhism: Neglected Sources in the Study of Sri Lankan Theravada,"
Journal of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies 9 (1997): 69-101.

"Buddhist Preaching in Sri Lanka: Sinhala Rhetoric in the Popularization
of Theravada," Sri Lanka Journal of Buddhist Studies 5 (1996): 30-41.

"Buddhist Preaching: Rethinking of History of Religions Categories,"
Transactions of the International Conference of Eastern Studies 41 (1996): 42-59.

"Introduction," (with F. Hoffman), Pali Buddhism, ed. Frank J. Hoffman and
Deegalle Mahinda (Surrey, U.K.: Curzon Press, 1996), pp. 1-13.

"The Moral Significance of Buddhist Nirvana: The Early Buddhist Model of
Perfection," Pali Buddhism, ed. Frank J. Hoffman and Deegalle Mahinda
(Surrey, U.K.: Curzon Press, 1996), pp. 105-116.

"The Origins of Mahayana Buddhism," The Buddhist 61 (1990): 12-21.


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