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Major Open Access Collaboration between Brill and ERC Project ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 17 February 2021

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is delighted to announce a new Open Access collaboration with ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’ (OpenPhilology), funded by the European Research Council. The resulting book series Buddhist Open Philology Project will publish translations of scriptures, text editions, and studies, on the select corpus of Mahāyāna Buddhist scriptures (sūtra), the Mahāratnakūṭa collection of 49 sūtras. All volumes in the series will be published in Open Access with Brill.

While random scriptures have been translated into English and published, both as books and online, no venue exists as of yet for accessible yet reliable editions and annotated translations of these fundamental documents of the Asian Buddhist tradition. The Buddhist Open Philology Project will not only be invaluable to scholars of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, but will also be of great interest to Western Buddhists.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Silk, Principal Investigator of OpenPhilology, comments: “The Buddhist Open Philology Project (BOPP) is a Leiden University based and ERC-funded group engaged in critical studies of Buddhist scriptures (sūtras). The publication series now launched with Brill will present for the first time Open Access available editions, with annotated English translations, of Indian Buddhist texts, based on their sources in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. Brill is the perfect home for this new series given its centuries long commitment to scholarly editions and its more recent innovative presentations of Open Access publications.”

“We are proud to work with Prof. Dr. Silk on developing and shaping the main results of his ERC research project,” says Dr. Jasmin Lange, Brill’s Chief Publishing Officer. “We are excited to unveil a fundamental corpus of texts on the Asian Buddhist tradition that was not available until now. Open Access has never been more appropriate.”

For more information on this project visit or contact Stephanie Paalvast, manager Open Access at Brill, via [email protected].

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