New Books Network

Ronald E. Purser, “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books, 2019)
In his recent exposé, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books, 2019), Ronald Purser Ph.D. takes a hard look at the mindfulness movement that has taken society by storm. Purser opens the book by questioning elements of the movement that have lead to its success: its scientific... Read More
Ann Gleig, “American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity” (Yale UP, 2019)
With Buddhism entering the mainstream of American society, it inevitably encounters the cultural and social forces that make ours a postmodern society. Ann Gleig’s new book traces out the multifaceted ways in which Buddhism is engaging and adapting to this new world. After tracing the rise of Buddhist modernism, both... Read More
William M. Gorvine, “Envisioning A Tibetan Luminary: The Life of a Modern Bonpo Saint” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In his new book, Envisioning A Tibetan Luminary: The Life of a Modern Bonpo Saint (Oxford University Press, 2018), William M. Gorvine provides a multifaceted analysis of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859-1934), one of the most prominent modern representatives of the Tibetan Bön tradition. Engaging two written versions of Shardza’s life... Read More
Levi McLaughlin, “Soka Gakkai’s Human Revolution: The Rise of A Mimetic Nation in Modern Japan” (U Hawaii Press, 2018)
Being Japan’s largest and most influential new religious organization, Soka Gakkai (Society for the Creation of Value) and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) claims to have 12 million members in 192 countries around the world. Founded in the 1930s by a group of teachers focused on educational reform, Soka Gakkai has... Read More
Berthe Jansen, “The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet” (U California Press, 2018)
The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet (University of California Press, 2018) discusses the position of the monasteries in pre-1950s Tibetan Buddhist societies and how that position was informed by the far-reaching relationship of monastic Buddhism with Tibetan society, economy, law, and culture. Berthe Jansen‘s study of monastic... Read More
Max Oidtmann, “Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In 1995, the People’s Republic of China resurrected the technology of the “Golden Urn,” a Qing-era tool which involves the identification of the reincarnations of prominent Tibetan Buddhist monks by drawing lots from a golden vessel. Why would the Chinese Communist Party revive this former ritual? What powers lie in... Read More
Daniel Veidlinger, “From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology, and the Evolution of Buddhist Ideas” (U Hawaii Press, 2018)
In this episode of New Books in Buddhist Studies, I am joined by Daniel Veidlinger to discuss his exciting new book From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology, and the Evolution of Buddhist Ideas (University of Hawaii Press, 2018), which offers a theoretically compelling exploration of the types communicative “ecosystems”... Read More