Buddhist Studies
Southeast Asian Studies October 22, 2020

Lost Temples of the Jungle

A History of Mrauk-U with Dr. Bob Hudson

Thushara Dibley

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Deep in the jungles of Myanmar lie the remains of an ancient kingdom, the 15th-century royal city of Mrauk-U. Located in the Bay of Bengal and separated from the rest …

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East Asian Studies September 30, 2020

Buddhist Magic

Divination, Healing, and Enchantment through the Ages

Sam van Schaik

Hosted by Olivia Porter
As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressive magic, and love magic to local …
East Asian Studies September 24, 2020

Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese

Mediation and Superscription of the Tibetan Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Society

Joshua Esler

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
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 …
Gender Studies September 22, 2020

Absent Mother God of the West

A Kali Lover's Journey into Christianity and Judaism

Neela Bhattacharya Saxena

Hosted by Raj Balkaran
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 …
Poetry September 14, 2020

The First Free Women

Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns

Matty Weingast

Hosted by Yakir Englander
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 …
East Asian Studies September 9, 2020

Readings of Dōgen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Steven Heine

Hosted by Yakir Englander
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 …
British Studies August 31, 2020

The Irish Buddhist

The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire

Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking

Hosted by Patrick Jory
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 …
Literary Studies August 13, 2020

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40

Naomi Appleton

Hosted by Olivia Porter
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 …
East Asian Studies July 28, 2020

From the Mountains to the Cities

A History of Buddhist Propagation in Korea

Mark A. Nathan

Hosted by Trevor McManis
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) …
South Asian Studies July 24, 2020

A Conversation with Chris Chapple

Part II, Living Landscapes

Christopher Key Chapple

Hosted by Raj Balkaran
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 …
Chinese Studies July 23, 2020

Re-enchanting Modernity

Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China

Mayfair Yang

Hosted by Victoria Lupascu
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 …
Art July 20, 2020

The Buddha in Lanna

Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand

Angela S. Chiu

Hosted by Olivia Porter
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 …
South Asian Studies July 17, 2020

A Śabda Reader

Language in Classical Indian Thought

Johannes Bronkhorst

Hosted by Malcolm Keating
In A Śabda Reader: Language in Classical Indian Thought (Columbia University Press, 2019), Johannes Bronkhorst, emeritus professor at the University of Lausanne, makes the case through an extensive introduction and …
South Asian Studies July 15, 2020

Intimate Geopolitics

Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold

Sara Smith

Hosted by Bhoomika Joshi
What’s love got to do with it? Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by feminist political geographer Sara Smith tell us …
Art July 14, 2020

Becoming Guanyin

Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China

Yuhang Li

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
How did Buddhist women access religious experience and transcendence in a Confucian patriarchal system in imperial China? How were Buddhist practices carried out in the intimate settings of a boudoir …
East Asian Studies May 21, 2020

The Buddha’s Footprint

An Environmental History of Asia

Johan Elverskog

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
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 …
East Asian Studies May 12, 2020

Doctrine and Practice in Medieval Korean Buddhism

The Collected Works of Ŭich’ŏn

Richard McBride II

Hosted by Travis McManis
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 …
Chinese Studies April 16, 2020

Building the Buddhist Revival

Reconstructing Monasteries in Modern China

Gregory A. Scott

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
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 …
Literary Studies April 2, 2020

From the Fifty Jātaka

Selections from the Thai Paññāsa Jātaka

Dr. Chris Baker and Prof. Pasuk Phongpaichit

Hosted by Alex Carroll
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 …