Leo M. Pruden

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Leo M. Pruden (March 1938 - October 1991) was an American scholar and translator. His major works include a translation into English of Louis de La Vallée Poussin's six-volume French translation of the Abhidharma-kosa. For this translation, Pruden consulted the Sanskrit source text, as well as contemporary Chinese and Japanese sources.[1]

Pruden studied at Tokyo University, in the Department of Indian and Buddhist Studies, from 1961 to 1964.[2]

He began teaching on the Abhidharma at Brown University (1970-1971), and subsequently at the Nyingma Institute (Berkeley, California), and at the University of Oriental Studies (Los Angeles).[3]

In 1973, Pruden and Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An co-founded the American University of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles, California. This institution was later restructered as Buddha Dharma University.[4]