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Peter Harvey

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Brian Peter Harvey (born 1951) is a contemporary British scholar of Buddhism. Harvey received his Ph.D under the supervision of Ninian Smart at Lancaster University. He was a Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland prior to his retirement.[1]

Harvey is the author of several books, including:

  • An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices published by Cambridge University Press.[2]
  • The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism, Routledge[3][4]
  • An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Practices published by the Cambridge University Press.

His papers on Theravada Buddhism have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, but his contributions to the broader Buddhist studies include an anthology of Theravāda, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna texts that is being distributed by Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University in Thailand.[5][6]

He co-founded UK Association for Buddhist Studies with professor Ian Harris, and has been an editor of the journal Buddhist Studies Review.[5]


  1. "Peter Harvey - University of Sunderland - Academia.edu". sunderland.academia.edu. 
  2. 2nd edition preface, page xv
  3. The Selfless Mind (PDF), Handful of Leaves
  4. Harvey, Peter (13 September 2013). "The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Peter Harvey Biography, Academia, University of Sunderland
  6. Peter Harvey, Secular Buddhist Association
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