Dr. Anand Singh

Dr. Anand Singh

Professor

Professor Anand Singh specializes in Buddhist history and archaeology, the origin of Buddhism, its expansion and sects, sacred spaces in the Ganga Valley, ecological consciousness in Buddhism, and studies related to sacred spaces of Sārnāth, and Nālandā. As a researcher, he has been involved in active field research for over twenty years. He served as Dean and Associate Professor, School of Buddhist Studies and Civilization, Gautam Buddha University for approximately seven years and made this School as a leading institution of Buddhist learning in India. He has done a Major Research Project awarded by University Grant Commission and has been fellow of SAARC. He was visiting Professor at the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Madhya Pradesh and Dhammaduta Chekinda University, Yangon, Myanmar. He has authored Planet, Plants, and Animals: Ecological Paradigms in Buddhism (2018), Buddhism at Sārnāth (2014), Pracheen Bhartiya Dharma (2010), and Tourism in Ancient India (2005). He edited Dāna: Reciprocity and Patronage in Buddhism (2017). This book earned ‘Outstanding Academic book on Buddhism’ award by Dhammachai International Research Institute, New Zealand. He also received Dr. I.G. Khan Memorial Prize, given by Indian History Congress in 2008 and 2010. He has published 25 peer-reviewed research papers, articles and book chapters.

Honours and Awards:

  • Outstanding Academic Book on Buddhism Award for Book ‘Planet Plants and Animals: Ecological Paradigms in Buddhism’ by The Dhammachai International Research Institute, New Zealand, (August 2019).
  • Outstanding Academic Book on Buddhism Award for Book ‘Dana: Reciprocity and Patronage in Buddhism’ by The Dhammachai International Research Institute, Thailand, (December 2017).
  • Selected for the Visiting Professor to ICCR’s Chair of Buddhist & Sanskrit Studies at Preah Sihanuk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2014).
  • Received Dr. I. G. Khan National prize for best paper ‘Ecological Consciousness in Buddhist Theism: An Anthropocentric-Teleological Issues’ in Indian History Congress, 2010.
  • Received Dr. I.G. Khan National prize for the best paper ‟Settlement Pattern and Socio-Economic Formation in Early Vārānasī’’ in Indian History Congress, 2008.
  • Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India 1995-2000.

Research Project:

  1. Major Research project sponsored by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, entitled “Ancient Buildings of Varanasi (Benaras) and their Tourism Potential”. (Report Submitted &Published).
  2. SAARC Cultural Centre Research Grant, 2013 for project ‘‘Buddhist Traditional Ethics: A Source of Biodiversity (Examining the Cases amongst Buddhist Communities of Nepal & Leh-Ladakh & North-Eastern Region of India’’ (Report accepted).

Publications:

Books:

  1. Anand Singh (2014). Buddhism at Sārnāth, Primus Publications, Delhi, ISBN: 978-93-80607-74-0.
  2. ………….. (2005) Tourism in Ancient India, Serial Publications, Delhi ,ISBN. 81-86771-95-6.
  3. …………..(2010) Pracheen Bhartiya Dharma, Hindi Madhyam Karyanvay Nideshalaya, Delhi, ISBN.978-93-80172-21-7.
  4. ……….. (2017) Ed. Dāna – Reciprocity and Patronage in Buddhism, Primus Publications, ISBN. 978-93-84092-32-0.
  5. ……….. (2019) Planet, Plants and Animals: Ecological Paradigms in Buddhism, Primus Publications, ISBN. 978-93-5290-226-2.

Papers (in Proceedings and Journals):

  • Anand Singh (2019). ‘Female Donors at Sarnath: Issues of Gender, Endowments, and Autonomy’ International Review of Social Research, 9 (1), PP.6-17, ISSN: 2069-8534.
  • ………. (2017-18) ‘Mindfulness in Pali Nikayas: Origin and Incubation’ Vidyasagar University Journal of History, Vol.VI, pp.9-19, ISSN: 2321-0834.
  • …………..(2016) ‘Dynamics of Dana in Buddhism, From the Sustenance of Faithful to the Sustenance of the Faith’ in Dana: Reciprocity and Patronage in Buddhism, ed. Anand Singh, pp.77-108, ISBN.9789384092320.
  • ………….. (2015) ‘Viharas in Ganga Valley: A Saga of Struggle, Decline and Fall in Medieval Age’ Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, vol.8, no.1, pp.115-134, ISSN.19068190.
  • ………….. (2015) ‘Ecological Consciousness in Jainism: Exploring Realities. Constraints. And Traditions’ Proceedings of Indian History Congress, ISSN 2249-1937, pp.56-61.
  • ………….. (2015) ‘Buddhist Environmentalism: Narratives from the Jātakas’ Journal of Royal Asiatic Society, ISSN 1391-720X, pp.59-79.
  • ………….. (2016) ‘Elephants in the Mauryan Age: Significance and Symbolism’ in Asian Elephants in Culture and Nature, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, ISBN, 9789554563841, 2016, pp.336-348.
  • …………. (2015) ‘Buddhist Response to Educational Crisis: Locating Space for Creating and Sustenance of ‘Just Society’ UNDV volume, Bangkok.
  • ………….. (2015) ‘The Nine Missions of Asoka: Sri Lankan Contest’ ed. Prashant Srivastava Indian Culture and Art: Continuity and Change, ISBN. 9789381843161, Delhi: Swati Publication, pp. 274-83
  • …………. (2014) ‘Bhabru Edicts of Aśoka: Statecraft or Religion’ ed. N.R. Farooqi and S.N.R. Rizvi. Interrogating the Past: Northern India Through Ages, New Delhi: Anamika Publishers, ISBN. 9788179756485, pp.74-79.
  • …………… (2014) ‘Buddhist Response to Global warming and Environmental Protection: Ideology, Methodology and Dissemination’, in Buddhist Response to Global Protection, ISBN. 978-604-61-1162-7, Vietnam.
  • …………. (2013) ‘Dhammayātas of Aśoka : Buddhist Notions and Civil Realities’ ed. Rangama Chandawimala , Vijjavimutti, ISBN. 978-981-07-8574-1, Singapore, pp. 113-127.
  • ………….. (2013) “Destruction” and “Decline” of Nālandā Mahāvihāra: Prejudices & Practice, Journal of Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Vol. LVIII (I), Colombo, ISSN. 1391-720X , pp.23-49.
  • …………. (2013) ‘Dana in Buddhism: Transition from Nissaya to Parikhar’ ed. N. R. FarooQi and S.Z.H. Jafri, Understanding the Past: India in the Mirror of History, ISBN. 9788179755914, Delhi, 2013, pp.95-102.
  • ……………..(2013)‘Aftermath in Sārnāth: Some New Dimensions’, ed. N.R. Farooqi and S.Z.H. Jafri (ed.) Aspects of Indian History, ISBN.978-81-7975-476-4, New Delhi, pp.101-09.
  • ………….. (2012) Yajnas and Cattle Resources: A Buddhist Ecological Gleaning’ ed. Prof. Amar Singh & Prof. Yogendra Singh, Facets of Buddhism, vol.2, Lucknow: International Research Institute of Buddhist Studies, pp.45-67.
  • …………… (2011)‘Ecological and Environmental Concerns Amongst the Buddhist Communities of Ladakh: A Case Study’, in Buddhist Virtues in Socio Economic Development, , ISBN: 978-974-364-960-8, Bangkok, pp. 428-40.
  • ……………. (2010) ‘Ecological Consciousness in Buddhist Theism and Their Role in Recovery of Modern Ecological Crisis’, in, Global Recovery: The Buddhist Perspective ISBN.978-974-364-892-2, Bangkok, pp.3-13.
  • ………………..(2010) ‘Ecological Consciousness in Buddhist Theism: An Anthropocentric- Teleological Approach’, Proceeding of Indian History Congress, pp.92-100, Best Paper Prize.
  • ………………. (2010) ‘Emergence of New Socio- Economic Forces in the Ganga Valley During the Early Buddhist Age : A Critical Appraisal’, Proceedings of Allahabad Conference, pp.185-95.
  • ……………….. (2008) ‘Settlement Pattern and Socio-Economic Formation in Early Vāranasī (2000BC. -200AD)’ Proceedings of Indian History Congress, Delhi, Best Paper Prize, pp.56-65.
  • ………………. (2009) ‘Patronage and Identity of Sārnāth: A Study Based on Inscriptions and Seals’ in, ed. Afzal Hussain and S.Z.H. Jafri, Uttar Pradesh Through Ages, ISBN. 978-81-7975-406-1, pp.78-86.
  • ……………… (2008) ‘Understanding Customary Laws : Faith and Order in Early Buddhism’, in ed. A. K. Sinha and S. Z. H. Jafri, Conversations in Indian History, ISBN. 978-81-7975-342-2New Delhi, pp.50-56.
  • ……………….(2007) ‘Wandering Almsman and their Saṁgha in Early Buddhism’ in Proceedings of Indian History Congress, Calicut, India, pp.98-105.
  • ……………(2007) ‘Early Buddhist Order and the Lay-World’ ed. Pratima Asthana and S.Z.H. Jafri. Transformation in Indian History, ISBN-978-81-7975-261-6, 2007, pp.116-26.
  • …………… (2006) ‘Sacred Geography of Majjhimdesa in Early Buddhism: A Microscopic Appraisal’ ed. Mahendra Pratap and S.Z.H. Jafri , Regions in Indian History 2006, ISBN.81-7975-205-4, pp. 34-51.
  • ………………(2008) ‘Habitation, Agro-Pastoralism and Social Formation in Varanasi (2000 BC – 500 AD)’, in Prof. Om Prakash Felicitation Volume M J P Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, India.
  • ……………..(2010) ‘Baudh Dharma Mein Paryavaran Sanchetana: Ek Adhayayan’, Itihas Drishti, Vol.IV. ISSN. 0976-349X, pp. 23-30.
  • Articles:

    1. Anand Singh (2017) ‘Mathura’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 777-781.
    2. ……………. (2017) ‘Nagarjunakonda’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 812-816.
    3. …………… (2017) ‘Vairocana’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 1321-1324.
    4. ………………..(2017) ‘Dhammasvami’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 392-395.
    5. ……………. (2017) ‘Dhammapala’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 387-388.
    6. …………… (2017) ‘Dhammavijaya’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 395-397.
    7. ……………. (2017) ‘Vehicles in Buddhism’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Buddhism and Jainism, ed. K.T.S. Sarao and Jefferey D Long, The Netherlands: Springer, ISBN.978—94-024-0851-5, pp. 1354-1358

    Conference Attended/ Invited Lectures:

    International Exposure:

    1. Visited Dhammaduta Chikinda Universiy, Myanmar on invited talks on 19 May 2019.
    2. Visited Dhammaduta Chikinda Universiy, Myanmar on invited talks on 10 October 2018.
    3. Participated in International Association of Theravada Buddhist Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka and presented paper ‘Sarnath: Sacred Space of Buddhism’ on 27 and 28 November, 2018.
    4. Visited Myanmar to conduct Viva-voce at International Theravada University, Yangoon, 4 August 2017.
    5. Participated as a Delegate in Vesak Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12-13 May ,2017.
    6. Participated as a Moderator in the Third IABU conference ‘Mindfulness: Tradition and Compassionate Applications’ at Mahachulalongkorn University, Thailand on 7 May, 2017.
    7. Participated as a panelist in Conference ‘Asian Elephants in Culture and Region’, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 20-21 August, 2016 and presented the paper ‘ Elephant in the Mauryan Age: Significance and Symbolism’ .
    8. Participated as a panelist in Conference ‘Buddhism in Mekong Region: Its History and Development’, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November, 13-14, 2015 and presented the paper ‘ Buddhist Response to Environmental Crisis in Mekong Region’ .
    9. Participated as a panelist in the 10th United Nations Sponsored Vesak Conference Bangkok, May , 2015 and presented the paper ‘Buddhist Response to Educational Crisis: Locating Space for Creating and Sustenance of ‘Just Society’.
    10. Participated in Conference organized by Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura (22 November, 2014) and presented paper ‘Stupa Worship in Early Buddhism: Evolution, Rituals & Significance’
    11. Participated as a panelist in the 9th United Nations Sponsored Vesak Conference Vietnam, May (07-11), 2014 and presented the paper ‘Buddhist Response to Global Warming & environmental Protection: Ideology, Methodology & Dissemination’
    12. Participated in Conference organized by SAARC Cultural Council in Colombo, Sri Lanka in April (28-29, 2014) and presented paper ‘Sārnāth: Examining Interface of Tourism and Sustainability
    13. Participated in a conference organized by SLABS (Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies) in Colombo, Sri Lanka in September (6-8 2013) and presented paper „Buddhist Environmentalism: Locating Space for Jatakas‟
    14. Participated in a conference organized by SAARC In Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2012 and presented paper ‘Sarnath: Tracing Tradition Through Archaeology’
    15. Participated in a Conference in Sri Lanka between 17-19 February, 2012 and presented paper ‘Gleaning in Issues in Buddhist Ecological Studies’.
    16. Participated as a panelist in the 8th United Nations Sponsored Vesak Conference in Bangkok, May (11-15), 2011 and presented the paper “Ecological and Environmental Concerns Among the Buddhist Communities of Ladakh : A Case Study”.
    17. Attended the United Nations sponsored conference in Thailand as a panelist between 21-26 May, 2010 and deliver lecture ‘Ecological Consciousness in Buddhist Theism and Their role in Recovery of Global Ecological Crisis’.
    18. Visited Cambodia on December 2-5, 2010 to attend summit promoted by Indian Council of Cultural Relations and presented paper on “Influence of Dravida Architecture on South- East Asian Art- With specific Reference to Cambodia and Siam”.
    19. Visited China to participate in International Anthropological and Ethnographic conference between July 27-31,2009 and presented paper- “Cultural Continuum Among Various Social and Ethnic Groups: A Historical Analysis with Special Reference to Early Buddhism”

    Indian Conferences:

    1. Delivered lecture ‘Mindfulness in Pali Texts’ in the plenary session of Dharma Dhamma conference, Nalanda University, Rajgir, 27-28 July, 2019.
    2. Presented paper ‘Female Donors of Sarnath: Issues of Gender and Endowment’ International Conference on Buddhism and Women, Mahabodhi Society of India, Bodhgaya, 30-31 January, 2019.
    3. Invited to deliver lecture on Indo-Nepal Relations-Socio Cultural & Civilizational Linkages organized Indian Council for International Co-operation, India at ICCR, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi from 6th to 7th February, 2017.
    4. Invited to deliver lecture on Buddhist Heritage of Odisha at Udaygiri/Bhubneshwar in Kalinga International Conclave organized by Government of Odisha from 10 to 12 April 2017.
    5. Delivered lecture on ‘Research Methodology in Buddhist Studies’ in Department of Pali, University of Calcutta, 15 January, 2015.
    6. Presented paper ‘The Mahaviharas of Bengal: Identity, Patronage, and Dissemination ’ in International seminar Revival of Theravada Buddhism in Bengal organized by Kolkata University, 13-14 January, 2015.
    7. Presented paper ‘Aurel Stein’s Exploration of Buddhist Sites: Introspecting his Contribution’ in national seminar Contemporary Buddhist Thinkers, Jadavpur University, 9-10 January, 2015.
    8. Presented paper ‘Environmental Consciousness in Jainism: Exploring Realities, Constraints & Traditions’ in Indian History Congress. JNU, New Delhi, 28-30 December, 2014.
    9. Presented paper ‘Environmental Values in Buddhist Ethics: Exploring Dynamics and Possibilities’ in U.P. History Congress, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, 15-16 November, 2014.
    10. Presented paper ‘Ecology, Acculturation and Globalization: Gleaning Buddhist Comminities of Ladakh’ at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, 27-28 May, 2014.
    11. Presented paper ‘Consumerism, Profit and Buddhist Economics: Realities & Constraints’ in International.Conference Understanding Dr. Ambedkar’s Concept of Dhamma: Transforming Self & Society, BBAU, Lucknow, 14-15 April, 2014.
    12. Delivered Lecture in International Conference on Buddhist Heritage organized by Odisha Tourism, Udyagiri, 1-3 February, 2014.
    13. Presented paper ‘Bodhisattva’s Body Sacrifice: Tracing Tradition in Literature & Art’ in Indian History Congress, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 28-30 December, 2013.
    14. Presented Paper ‘Dynamics of Buddhist Education: The Mahayana Context’ in conference organized by Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ladakh, 1-4 July, 2013.
    15. Delivered lecture ‘Engaged Buddhism: Locating Space in Asian Context’ at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata 3, June, 2013.
    16. Presented paper ‘Deep Ecology: Buddhist Perspective & Modern Issues’ in International Conference ‘Buddhist Heritage of Odisha in The Global Perspective’, Udyagiri, Odisha, 1-3 February 2013.
    17. Presented paper ‘Transition and Transformation in Endowments, Patronage and Donations in Early Buddhism’ in Indian History Congress, Mumbai, 28-30 December, 2012.
    18. Presented paper ‘Nature as Described by Bhikkhunis in Therigatha’ in ISBS conference, Dehradun, 2-4 November, 2012.
    19. Presented paper ‘Destruction and Decline of Nālandā Mahavihara’ in conference in Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, 12-14 February, 2012.
    20. Presented paper ‘Dhammayatas of Asoka: An Introspection on the Buddhist patronage’ In ISBS conference, 16-18, September, 2011.
    21. Presented paper ‘The Nine Missions & Inroads of Buddhism in Sri Lanka: An Introspection’ in International conference organized by Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, 7-9 October, 2011.
    22. Presented paper ‘Eco-Friendly Concerns in Buddhist Gatha Text: An Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature’ in Indian History Congress, Gaur Banga University, Malda, 11-13 February, 2011.
    23. Presented paper ‘Homogenization of Culture and Global Interdependence: A Buddhist Perspective’ in International Conference on Buddhism & Globalization, University of Delhi, 17-19 February, 2010.
    24. Presented paper ‘Dhamma Cakkapavattanacakka: Genesis, Symbolism and Cosmic Order’ in International Conference organized by Indian Archaeological Society, Lucknow, 28-30 December, 2010.
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