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Brian Peter Harvey (born 1951) is a contemporary British scholar of Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland.[1]



Peter Harvey received his Ph.D under the supervision of Ninian Smart at Lancaster University. Harvey is the author of An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices published by Cambridge University Press, whose 1st edition sold over 55,000 copies.[2] He has also authored a book on anatta, The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism,[3][4] and An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Practices published by the Cambridge University Press. His papers on Theravada Buddhism have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, but his contributions to the broader Buddhist studies include an anthology of Theravāda, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna texts that is being distributed by Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University in Thailand.[5][6] He co-founded UK Association for Buddhist Studies with professor Ian Harris, and has been an editor of the journal Buddhist Studies Review.[5]

Harvey was Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland prior to his retirement.[7]


As of 2013 Harvey was married with one daughter.[8]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 2nd edition preface, page xv
  3. ^
  4. ^ Harvey, Peter (13 September 2013). "The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism". Routledge – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b Peter Harvey Biography, Academia, University of Sunderland
  6. ^ Peter Harvey, Secular Buddhist Association
  7. ^ "Peter Harvey - University of Sunderland -".
  8. ^ An Introduction to Buddhism, p7