After initial studies of Physics and Mathematics (B.Sc., Amsterdam 1968), Johannes Bronkhorst took up the study of Sanskrit and Pali at the University of Rajasthan (Jaipur, India), then at the University of Pune (India). In Pune he obtained an M.A. in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1979. He obtained a second doctorate from the University of Leiden in 1980. In 1987 he was appointed full professor of Sanskrit & Indian Studies at the University of Lausanne, where he stayed until his retirement in 2011. He has published more than 200 research papers and close to 20 books. Some of his recent books are: Greater Magadha (Leiden 2007), Aux origines de la philosophie indienne (2008), Buddhist Teaching in India (Boston 2009), Language and Reality (Leiden 2011), Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanism (Leiden 2011), Karma (Honolulu 2011), Absorption (Paris 2012), How the Brahmins Won (Leiden 2016), A Śabda Reader: Language in Classical Indian Thought (New York 2019).