Damien Keown is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he taught from 1981 until his retirement in 2010. After taking a first degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University he completed a doctorate at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, on Buddhist ethics in 1986 which was subsequently published as The Nature of Buddhist Ethics in 2001. This was the first scholarly work to offer a systematic reading of Buddhist ethics by drawing on Western ethical theories, and it suggests that the Aristotelian tradition of virtue ethics can help illuminate our understanding of Buddhism. Since then he has helped pioneer the development of this new field in numerous subsequent publications. In 1994 he co-founded the Journal of Buddhist Ethics with Charles Prebish, and in recognition of his contribution to the discipline he was honoured with a Festschrift entitled Destroying Mara Forever: Buddhist Ethics Essays in honor of Damien Keown (Snow Lion, 2009).