New Books Network

Joshua Esler, “Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese: Mediation and Superscription of the Tibetan Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Society” (Lexington Books, 2020)
While Tibetan Buddhism continues to face restrictions and challenges imposed by the state in contemporary China, it has in fact entered mainstream Chinese society with a growing middle-class and even celebrity following at the same time. In Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese: Mediation and Superscription of the Tibetan Tradition in... Read More
Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, “Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism” (Rowman, 2015)
In Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism (Rowman, 2015) Neela Bhattacharya Saxena draws on her personal religious experiences and devotion to the Goddess Kali as a starting point to reflect on the absence of a Divine Feminine in Christianity and Judaism. We... Read More
Matty Weingast, “The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns” (Shambhala, 2020)
A radical and vivid rendering of poetry from the first Buddhist nuns that brings a new immediacy to their voices. The Therigatha (“Verses of the Elder Nuns”) is the oldest collection of known writings from Buddhist women and one of the earliest collections of women’s literature in India. Composed during the... Read More
Steven Heine, “Readings of Dōgen’s ‘Treasury of the True Dharma Eye'”(Columbia UP, 2020)
The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shōbōgenzō) is the masterwork of Dōgen (1200–1253), founder of the Sōtō Zen Buddhist sect in Kamakura-era Japan. It is one of the most important Zen Buddhist collections, composed during a period of remarkable religious diversity and experimentation. The text is complex and compelling, famed for... Read More
Alicia Turner, “The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Buddhism has always been a world religion, but its popularity in the West really dates only from the late nineteenth century, when much of the Buddhist world was subject to European colonial rule. Of all those Westerners who became interested in, and sought to promote Buddhism at this time, perhaps... Read More
Naomi Appleton, “Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40” (Equinox, 2020)
Naomi Appleton‘s new book Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Equinox Publishing, 2020) introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadānaśataka, or “One Hundred Stories”, and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit... Read More
Mark A. Nathan, “From the Mountains to the Cities: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Korea” (U Hawaii Press, 2018)
From the Mountains to the Cities A History of Buddhist Propagation in Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2018), written by Mark A. Nathan, is a history of P’ogyo (Buddhist Propagation) on the Korean peninsula from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st that switches its focus to... Read More
A Conversation with Chris Chapple, Part II: Living Landscapes
Join us as we continue discussion with Dr. Christopher Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Layola Marymount University as we dive into his new book Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). The ancient Indian philosophers conceptualized the... Read More
Mayfair Yang, “Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China” (Duke UP, 2020)
In Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China (Duke University Press, 2020), Mayfair Yang examines the resurgence of religious and ritual life after decades of enforced secularization in the coastal area of Wenzhou, China. Drawing on twenty-five years of ethnographic fieldwork, Yang shows how the local practices of... Read More
Angela S. Chiu, “The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand” (U Hawaii Press, 2017)
For centuries, wherever Thai Buddhists have made their homes, statues of the Buddha have provided striking testament to the role of Buddhism in the lives of the people. The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) offers the first in-depth historical study... Read More