Dr. Aleix Ruiz-Falqués

Assistant Professor, The Sanskrit Library
Lecturer in Pali
Head of the Department of Pali and Languages
Shan State Buddhist University
Taunggyi, Myanmar


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After completing a B.A. in Classics at the University of Barcelona, Aleix earned his M.A. in Sanskrit at Pune University and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (Faculty of Asian and Middle-Eastern Studies), with a dissertation on the Pali grammatical tradition of Burma (Myanmar). During his doctoral period, he worked as an assistant for the Myanmar Manuscript Digital Library. After submitting his thesis, he worked for two years as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, in the capacity of assistant editor, at the Dhammachai Tipitaka Project in Pathum Thani, Bangkok, Thailand. He then moved to Udupi, Karnataka, where he worked as a freelancer for a year, doing research on Pali grammatical manuscripts and translation work, participating in Pali workshops in India and Burma, and being part of a project to study medieval sciences in South Asia, directed by Dr. Alastair Gornall (Singapore University of Technology and Design). In 2018 Aleix joined as a full-time lecturer and Head of the Department of Pali and Languages at the Shan State Buddhist University in Taunggyi, Shan State, Burma. Currently he teaches Pali philology, supervises M.A. and Ph.D. students, and is the curator, alongside Dr. Anuja Ajotikar, of the Pali Grammar Reading Group, a weekly meeting organized by the Transnational Network of Theravada Studies (theravadastudies.org). He is also the Head of the Pali Department of the Instituto de Estudios Buddhistas Hispano (www.iebh.org), a leading institution in the academic study of Theravada Buddhism in Spanish medium. Aleix's recent publications focus on Pali grammatical texts. He also works as a translator from Sanskrit and Pali to Catalan and Spanish. He has translated the Meghadūta of Kālidāsa (2013) and the Pañcatantra (2019) into Catalan, and the Pali anthology by Bhikkhu Bodhi, In the Buddha’s Words, into Spanish (2019) together with Ricardo Guerrero and Abraham Vélez de Cea. He will soon publish a Spanish translation of the Mahāparinibbānasutta in Pali with the Commentary of Buddhaghosa and is presently working on a Spanish translation of the Milindapañha to be published in 2022.