New Books Network

Johan Elverskog, “The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia” (U Penn Press, 2020)
Challenging the popular image of Buddhism as a religion intrinsically concerned with the environment, Dr. John Elverskog’s new monograph, The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia (University of Pennsylvania Press 2020), demonstrates that Buddhist institutions across Asia have actually been intimately connected to the accumulation of wealth, the consumption... Read More
Richard McBride II, “Doctrine and Practice in Medieval Korean Buddhism: The Collected Works of Ŭich’ŏn” (U Hawaii Press, 2016)
Today I talked to Richard McBride II about Doctrine and Practice in Medieval Korean Buddhism: The Collected Works of Ŭich’ŏn (University of Hawaii Press, 2016). The book is a comprehensive study of the Koryŏ (918-1392) Buddhist exegete, Ŭichŏn, that convey’s his life and work through letters, speeches, memorials, addresses, and... Read More
Gregory A. Scott, “Building the Buddhist Revival: Reconstructing Monasteries in Modern China” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Gregory A. Scott‘s Building the Buddhist Revival: Reconstructing Monasteries in Modern China (Oxford University Press, 2020) is the first major work in any language to address the topic of Buddhist monastery reconstructions. This book focuses on reconstructions of Buddhist monasteries in modern China that took place in the period from... Read More
C. Baker and P. Phongpaichit, “From the Fifty Jātaka: Selections from the Thai Paññāsa Jātaka” (Silkworm Books, 2019)
The Jātaka tales, or stories of the Buddha’s previous lives as a bodhisatta, are included in the Pāli Canon and have for centuries been a rich source of inspiration in Theravada Buddhism. In addition to these classical Jātaka, a number of other non-canonical Jātaka tales emerged in Southeast Asia and... Read More
Jin Y. Park, “Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryŏp” (U Hawaii Press, 2017)
Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryŏp (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) by Jin Y. Park, professor of philosophy and religion at American university, is an account of the Korean Buddhist nun, Kim Iryŏp’s life and philosophy, which takes place from 1896-1971. Park eclectically references philosophers, feminists, and... Read More
Stephanie Kaza, “Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times” (Shambhala, 2019)
Stephanie Kaza is Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and has written widely on Buddhism and the environment. She describes herself as a long-time lover of trees, a practicing Zen Buddhist, and an environmentalist. Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times (Shambhala, 2019) collects... Read More
Dr. Alice Collett, “Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History” (Oxford UP, 2016)
Dr. Alice Collett’s monograph Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History (Oxford University Press, 2016) delves into the lives of six of the best-known nuns from the period of early Buddhism: Dhammadinnā, Khemā, Kisāgotamī, Paṭācārā, Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā, and Uppalavaṇṇā, all of whom are said to have been direct disciples... Read More
M. Sheehy and K-D Mathes, “The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet” (SUNY Press, 2019)
Michael R. Sheehy  and Klaus-Dieter Mathes‘s edited collection The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet (SUNY Press, 2019) brings together perspectives of leading international Tibetan studies scholars on the subject of zhentong or “other-emptiness.” Defined as the emptiness of everything other than the continuous luminous awareness that... Read More