Oct 14, 2020
Martin Goodson

The Gateway Interviews: Dr Sam van Schaik

Head of The Endangered Archive Programme at The British Library, London

We discuss Dr Schaik's new book Buddhist Magic and take in along the way, the history of the Dunhuang complex, its library and the prevalence of Zen in Tibet up to the late medieval period.

Sam van Schaik (2013)


By BabelStone - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, wikipedia.commons

Sam van Schaik is an English Tibetologist. He obtained a PhD in Tibetan Buddhist literature at the University of Manchester in 2000, with a dissertation on the translations of Dzogchen texts by Jigme Lingpa. Since 1999 he has worked at the British Library in London, and is currently a project manager for the International Dunhuang Project, specialising in the study of Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts from Dunhuang. He has also taught occasional courses at SOAS, University of London. (Wikipedia)

Welcome to this discussion about magic, Tibetan Zen, the Dunhuang cave complex and its library, colonial archaeology and manuscript preservation. Enjoy!

An Interview with Dr Sam van Schaik Head of The Endangered Archive Programme at The British Library.


The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online

The Endangered Archives Programme

early Tibet (Sam van Schaik's blog)

Buddhist Magic: Divination, Healing and Enchantment through the Ages available from Shambhala Publications

The Zen Gateway reviews of Sam's books: Tibetan Zen and Buddhist Magic

An extract from Buddhist Magic by Sam van Schaik

The Meanings of Meditation in Early Zen Buddhism by Dr Sam van Schaik

This lecture by Sam is preceded by a prize-giving talk. His presentation starts at 7:56.

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