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The Āgama Research Group [ARG] at the Department of Buddhist Studies’ Library and Information Center of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (formerly Dharma Drum Buddhist College) is a special interest group with a shared research focus on the comparative study of early Buddhist thought and texts (the āgamas or received ‘canonical texts’), mostly Discourse (sutta/sūtra) and Vinaya literature, but not limited to it.

The ĀRG was formally constituted in the autumn of 2012, growing out of long-term friendship and collaboration among its core members that comprise academics based at or affiliated with the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts.

The ĀRG’s vision as an academic community is informed by the intention to support the dialogue between traditional and text-critical / text-historical learning – the study of the Dharma, and the study of ‘Buddhism’. The ĀRG is at the same time dedicated to collaborative research between philologically trained scholars who specialise in early Buddhist philology and scholars of the digital humanities, and it is devoted to fostering exchange between local scholars in the Buddhist countries and international academia.

The ĀRG has a long-term plan of translation work, research, academic seminars and publications and is committed to making its work-in-progress digitally available, ensuring timely and free web access to their research results and publications.

From 2015, the ĀRG is sponsored by the Fundación Bodhiyāna (Argentina).

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阿含經研究小組(Āgama Research Group)隸屬法鼓文理學院(前身為「法鼓佛教學院」)佛教學系之圖書資訊館。這是一著重比較研究早期佛教思想與文獻(阿含經群或結集「藏典」)的特別研究小組,主要研究經(sutta/sūtra)和律(Vinaya)文獻,但並不限於此。

本小組成立於2012年秋天,由一群長期合作的法鼓文理學院專任或附屬學者們所組成。

本小組以促進傳統佛學教相判釋與經文鑑別(text-critical)⁄ 文淵學(text-historical)——佛法研究與「佛教」研究——之對話,作為此學術群體的共同願景。與此同時,我們也致力拓展專精早期佛教文獻學者與數位人文學者之間的合作契機,並全力推展佛教國家在地學者們與國際學術界的交流。

本小組對於進行翻譯、研究、舉辦研討會與編製學術出版品皆有長遠規劃。我們也同時投入數位化專案資訊的工作,以確保及時於網路發布並流通可自由存取的研究成果。

自2015年起,阿含經研究小組之運作由「菩提乘基金會」(Fundación Bodhiyāna, 阿根廷)所資助。