New Books Network

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
Ira Helderman, “Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion” (UNC Press, 2019)
In today’s podcast, I speak with Ira Helderman about his newly published book, Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) which surveys the diversity of Buddhist practices used in psychotherapy today. Ira shows that psychotherapists’ approaches to Buddhist traditions are moulded by... Read More
Meido Moore, “The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice” (Shambhala, 2018)
Meido Moore Roshi is the abbot of Korinji monastery in Wisconsin. He studied under three Rinzai Zen masters: Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji (under whom he also endured training in traditional martial arts), Dogen Hosokawa Roshi, and So’zan Miller Roshi. All are in the lineage of Omori Sogen Roshi, perhaps the most... Read More
Richard Salomon, “The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translation” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
In this episode of New Books in Buddhist Studies, Dr. Richard Salomon speaks about his book The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translation (Wisdom Publications, 2018). One of the great archeological finds of the 20th century, the Gandhāran Buddhist Texts, dating from the 1st century CE, are the... Read More
Duncan Williams, “American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War” (Harvard UP, 2019)
In American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2019), Duncan Ryūken Williams recenters the role of faith in the Japanese-American experience in WWII by showing how religious differences underlay the injustices that they suffered before, during, and after the war. American... Read More
Thomas Patton, “The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In his recent monograph, The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism (Columbia University Press, 2018), Thomas Patton examines the weizzā, a figure in Burmese Buddhism who is possessed with extraordinary supernatural powers, usually gained through some sort of esoteric practice. Like the tantric adept in certain other Buddhist... Read More
Richard Gombrich, “Buddhism and Pali” (Mud Pie Slices, 2018)
Richard Gombrich‘s new book, Buddhism and Pali (Mud Pie Slices, 2018), puts the richness of the Pali language on display. He introduces the reader to the origins of Pali, its linguistic character, and the style of Pali literature. Far more than just an introductory book, Richard argues not only that... Read More