OCBS academic policy and strategy will always be wholly compatible with those of Oxford University, as enunciated for instance in the Green Paper issued as a supplement to the Oxford University Gazette, Vol 135 (February 2005).
Within that framework, the OCBS:
- is committed to the study of the Buddhist tradition in all its diversity and will always seek to relate particular manifestations to the tradition as a whole;
- upholds the highest academic standards, both as an end in itself and as a means to the further end of widely diffusing accurate information about the Buddhist tradition.
The work of the OCBS will always rest on a firm foundation of linguistic competence, supported by competence in all other relevant disciplines.
- In studying cultural phenomena, it is of course necessary to be familiar with the methods of the historical and social sciences. Equally, to apply such methods to cultures distinct from one’s own it is necessary first to be fully aware of their specificity.
- Accordingly, students must aspire to use primary sources, written and oral, and to communicate with representatives of the tradition in their own languages.
OCBS aims to ensure that students are exposed to the complete range of methods, tools and approaches necessary for well-grounded academic research in Buddhist Studies.