Background and activities

South and Central Asian Religious History, Buddhism, Systematics of Religious Studies, Intra-Religious Non-Conformity.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Bretfeld, Sven. (2022) Theravada: Sectarianism and Diversity in Mahavihara Historiography. Routledge Handbook of Theravada Buddhism.
  • de Simone, Daniela; Bretfeld, Sven; Balogh, Dániel. (2021) The Āsana: Where the Buddha Sat. Precious Treasures from the Diamond Throne: Finds from the Site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
  • Bretfeld, Sven. (2020) The Later Spread of Buddhism in Tibet. Fojiao de Chuanbo 佛教的传播.
  • Bretfeld, Sven. (2019) Theravada Buddhism. Oxford Research Encyclopedias - Religion.
  • Bretfeld, Sven. (2019) Theravada Buddhism. Oxford Research Encyclopedias - Religion.
  • Bretfeld, Sven; Zander, Helmut. (2016) Henry Steel Olcott: The Buddhist Catechism. Religious Dynamics under the Impact of Imperialism and Colonialism.
  • Bretfeld, Sven. (2015) Purifying the Pure: The Visuddhimagga, Forest-Dwellers and the Dynamics of Individual and Collective Prestige in Theravada Buddhism. Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective (300-1600).