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Borgland Jens, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jens Borgland

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellows
Department of Religious Studies


Jens is the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2016. His current research aims to analyze how the core rules regarding the allowed property of Buddhist monks, as well as social relations between monks and nuns, were interpreted in 7th c. Indian Buddhist monastic law through the study of a unique and hitherto unstudied Sanskrit manuscript. By making the first edition, translation and study of the Sanskrit text of the Naihsargika section of Gunaprabha's auto-commentary on the Vinaya-sutra, the Vinayasutravrttyabhidhanasvavyakhyana, the project will make important contributions to the study of the development of Buddhist monastic law.


  • University of Oslo, Ph.D. in Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, 2014
  • University of Oslo, M.Phil. in Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, 2010
  • University of Oslo, B.A. in Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, 2007




  • Jainismen. Verdens Hellige Skrifter. Oslo: Bokklubben, 2011.

Journal Articles

  • “Mahadeva in Dunhuang – A Study of IOL Tib J 26”. Indo-Iranian Journal 59 (2016): 1–47.
  • “Klassiske Indiske Diskusjoner om Guds Eksistens: Oversettelse av utdrag fra Udayanas 'Logikkens Håndfull Blomster' og Vidyanandins 'Undersøkelse Vedrørende den Sanne Læren'” (Classical Indian Discussions Concerning the Existence of God: Translation of Exerpts from Udayana’s ‘Flower garland of Logic’ and Vidyānandin’s ‘Investigation into the True Teaching’). Filosofisk Supplement 1 (2014): 49–55. (with Ina Marie Lunde Ilkama)
  • A Translation and Investigation of Vidyanandin’s Satyasasanapariksa.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 6 (2011): 39–40.


  • “Some Reflections on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Monastic Code for the 21st century.” Pages 259-81 in Buddhist Modernities. Edited by Hanna Havnevik, Ute Hüsken, Mark Teeuwen, Vladimir Tikhonov and Koen Wellens. London: Routledge, 2017
  • “A Kusana Brahmi Fragment of a Commentary on asubhabhavana and the Formation of the Foetus.” Pages 329-32 in Buddhist Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection Vol. IV. Edited by Jens Braarvig. Hermes Academic Publishing, 2016. (with Jens Braarvig)


  • “Undetermined Matters: On Taking Legal Action against Monks who do not Acknowledge,” Buddhist Law and State Law in Comparative Perspective, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo, September 30–October 1, 2016.
  • "A Study of the Adhikaranavastu: Legal Settlement Procedures of the Mulasarvastivada vinaya", UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference 2016, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), September 19, 2016.
  • “Sanskritfilologien som inngang til indiske historie- og kulturstudier” (‘Sanskrit philology as an entry point for studies of Indian history and culture’), Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters), December 2, 2014.
  • “Conflict management the Mūlasarvāstivāda way”, The Permanent Training Program in Buddhist Studies, Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Ghent, April 23, 2013.
  • “Traditions of Buddhist Law.” Texas Asia Conference, University of Texas at Austin, November 1–2 2013.
  • “How to settle a dispute the Mulasarvastivadavinaya-way.” The Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. April 10 2012.