Jacob Lucas began studying both western and Buddhist philosophy at the same time, albeit in different ways. Within months of starting a course in A-Level Philosophy, he began practising and studying Buddhism with the Saraswati Buddhist Group in South Petherton. These two types of study continued to run in parallel during his undergraduate years.
Eventually Jacob was able to bring these two together in the form of a doctoral research project based at the University of Exeter and co-supervised at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. The project explored the key Buddhist ideas that underpin belief in rebirth and how these can be approached using recent developments in western philosophy of consciousness. He received his doctorate in July 2019.