Lily de Silva

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Lily de Silva, Ph.D. was educated at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, where she received a B.A. with First Class Honors in Pali and the Woodward Prize for Pali and, in 1967, a Ph.D. She taught at the University for many years and served as Chair of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies until her retirement in 1994. Dr. de Silva was the editor of the Digha Nikaya Atthakatha Tika (Subcommentary to the Digha Nikaya), published by the Pali Text Society in three volumes, and has long been a regular contributor to Buddhist scholarly and popular journals.

Buddhist publications

  • The Buddhist Attitude Towards Nature, by Lily de Silva (from Buddhist Perspectives on the Ecocrisis (BPS Wheel Publication No. 346), edited by Klass Sandell; 1987; 50k/12pp.)
  • "Giving in the Pali Canon," by Lily de Silva, in Dana: The Practice of Giving, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi (BPS Wheel Publication No. 367/369; 1990; 114k/38pp.)
  • Ministering to the Sick and Terminally Ill, by Lily de Silva (BPS Bodhi Leaves No. 132; 1993; 34k/11pp.)
  • Nibbana As Living Experience/The Buddha and The Arahant: Two Studies from the Pali Canon

by Lily de Silva (BPS Wheel Publication No. 407/408; 1996; 119k/28pp.)

  • One Foot in the World: Buddhist Approaches to Present-day Problems, by Lily de Silva (BPS Wheel Publication No. 337/338; 1986; 106k/35pp.)
  • Radical Therapy: Buddhist Precepts in the Modern World by Lily de Silva (BPS Bodhi Leaf Publication No. 123; 1991; 27k/8pp.)
  • The Self-made Private Prison by Lily de Silva (BPS Bodhi Leaves No. 120; 1990; 33k/9pp.)