BOOKS RECEIVED: Julia Shaw, “Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The monumental bias of Buddhist archaeology has hampered our understanding of the socio-religious mechanisms that enabled early Buddhist monks to establish themselves in new areas. To articulate these relationships, Shaw presents here the first integrated study of settlement archaeology and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert J. Shepherd, “Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
Using the example of Chinas Wutai Shan―recently designated both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a national park―Robert J. Shepherd analyzes Chinese applications of western notions of heritage management within a non-western framework. What does the concept of world heritage… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Valerie Janesick, “Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Practicing the Zen of Research” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
Qualitative researchers incorporate the principles of holism, storytelling, ethics, body and mind links, relational focus, and creativity as key features of their practice. So do practitioners of Zen Buddhism. Leading qualitative researcher Valerie J. Janesick describes how qualitative inquiry can… Read More
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