An organization founded on 8 July 1996 by Peter Harvey and Ian Harris to act as a focus for Buddhist Studies in the UK. Membership is open to academics, postgraduates, and unaffiliated Buddhist scholars or interested Buddhist practitioners. The association's constitution states: ‘The object of the Association shall be the academic study of Buddhism through the national and international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject’. The association aims to hold an annual conference and to help inform people of the ongoing work of others, and of any relevant conferences, visiting scholars, seminar series, and so forth. It seeks to foster communication between those working in various fields: Buddhism in south, south-east, central, and east Asia; historical and contemporary aspects (including developments in ‘Western’ Buddhism); theoretical, practical, and methodological issues; textual, linguistic, archaeological, and art-historical studies. The association's journal is Buddhist Studies Review.