New Books Network

Matthew W. King, “Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire” (Columbia UP, 2019)
After the fall of the Qing empire, amid nationalist and socialist upheaval, Buddhist monks in the Mongolian frontiers of the Soviet Union and Republican China faced a chaotic and increasingly uncertain world. In this book, Matthew W. King tells the story of Zawa Damdin, one Mongolian monk’s efforts to defend... Read More
Jane Caple, “Morality and Monastic Revival in Post-Mao Tibet” (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
In this podcast, I speak with Prof. Jane Caple about her recently published book, Morality and Monastic Revival in Post-Mao Tibet (University of Hawaii Press, 2019). The revival of mass monasticism in Tibet in the early 1980s is one of the most extraordinary examples of religious resurgence in post-Mao China.... Read More
Ann Gleig, “American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity” (Yale UP, 2019)
In her new book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019), Ann Gleig makes a major contribution to scholarship on American Buddhism. Gleig focuses on meditation-based convert Buddhist lineages in North America, and in particular she is interested in the generational changes underway in these groups. The first... Read More
Andrea Miller, “The Day The Buddha Woke Up” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
Andrea Miller is the deputy editor of Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly the Shambhala Sun)  and the author of two picture books: The Day the Buddha Woke Up and My First Book of Canadian Birds. She’s also the editor of three anthologies, most recently All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger... Read More
Ward Keeler, “The Traffic in Hierarchy: Masculinity and Its Others in Buddhist Burma” (U Hawaii Press, 2017)
Michael Walzer once began a book with the advice of a former teacher to “always begin negatively”. Tell your readers what you are not going to do and it will relieve their minds, he says. Then they will be more inclined to accept what seems a modest project. Whether or... Read More
Bhikkhu Anālayo, “Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
In today’s podcast, I speak with German professor and Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Anālayo at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies about his book Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research (Wisdom Publications, 2018). Bhikkhu Anālayo skillfully analyzes the early Buddhist doctrine of rebirth before discussing the debate around rebirth throughout... Read More