Argues that ancient yantra (robot) tales reveal how their Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain authors thought about the nature of humanity and our role in a cosmos filled with divine and natural forces.
Situates yoga practice within a musical context in the life and work of famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin
Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.
Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.
Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.
An ecopsychological, ecospiritual exploration of humankind's relationship with the rest of nature.
Offers alternative approaches to the study of colonial and postcolonial Korean Buddhism, suggesting new directions for scholarship.
A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.
A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.
Explores key questions about translations and translators of South Asian Buddhist texts, past and present.
A comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.
Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.
Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.
Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.
Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.
An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.
Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.
A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.
Adds new voices to the feminist conversation and brings a rich variety of diverse approaches to Buddhist women’s identities, “the feminine,” and Buddhist feminism.
The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.
The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.
Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.
Examines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea, focusing on their mutual accommodation, exclusion, conflict, and assimilation.
Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.
Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.
Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.
Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.
Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.
Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.
Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.
Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.
A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia--from biological families to families created in monasteries.
Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.
Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.
Robert Baker Aitken’s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism.
Buddhist-Christian reflection that uses friendship as a model for interreligious understanding.
Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.
A firsthand look at the Thai Buddhist environmental movement and its activist monks.
An accessible discussion of the thought of key figures of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy.
Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.
Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts.
The first English translations of the writings of Chŏngsan (1900-62), who codified the central doctrines of Won Buddhism.
Presents the thought of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.
A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.
Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the Koryo period to the present.
An annotated translation of an essential work of twentieth-century Tibetan Buddhist thought, one that explicates teachings on the Middle Way.
Explores the prevalence of Buddhist ideas in American literature since the 1970s.
A ground-breaking book on using meditation in education and how it can enhance teaching and learning.
Explores the milieu of Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns, who have the greatest numbers in the Buddhist world and a prominent place in their own country.
Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.
An overview of Korean Buddhism and its major figures in the modern period.
A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.
Looks at Buddhist influences in American literature and how literature has shaped the reception of Buddhism in North America.
Translations of two works from Sri Lanka on Yasodharā, the wife of the Buddha—an allusive and intriguing figure in Buddhist lore and literature.
Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.
Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.
Explores the importance of Buddhism as it developed in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (modern-day Andhra Pradesh) and its influence.
A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.
Insights into the experience and philosophy of Buddhism from a Korean perspective.
A Buddhist perspective on classroom teaching.
Discusses an essential Tibetan Buddhist work that shows how Noble Beings progress toward enlightenment.
A study of the seminal Tibetan Buddhist work, Gateway to Learning.
Explores shamanic and Tibetan Buddhist attitudes toward dreams.
Takes the reader on a pilgrimage to Mount Kōya, the holy Buddhist mountain in Japan.
Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.
Explores yoga and meditation in Eastern religions, incorporating psychological and social aspects of these practices.
Offers the most comprehensive collection of Basho's prose available, beautifully translated into English.
Looks at Buddhist women's activism for social change from the time of Buddha to the present day.
A wonderful new translation of the poetry of Basho—Zen monk, poet of nature, and master of the haiku form.
A collection of essays on the nature of love in religious tradition and theory, inspired by Raimundo Panikkar's ecumenical embrace of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Sets out a history of the famous Buddhist mantra, Om Manipadme Hum, and offers new insights on its meaning.
Two of Dōgen's most esteemed translators provide key chapters from his Zen masterpiece, the Shōbōgenzō, in English with annotations to guide the reader.
Drawing on textual and anthropological research, this book demonstrates how popular ritual texts and stories have shaped the religion and culture of the only surviving Mahayana Buddhist society, the Newars of Kathmandu.
Explores the potential significance of Japanese Pure Land Buddhist Thought in the contemporary world, and provides a new model of interreligious dialogue as Buddhist thinkers engage with Christian theologians concerned with the present-day significance of their own tradition.
Concludes that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of theory or philosophy, but the practice of literature.
Suggests that certain Buddhist notions may act as an antidote to the adverse effects of high-tech media.
This examination of Sri Lanka's ethnic and religious minorities links the past with the present through a treatment of Sinhala-Buddhist fundamentalist development in the late nineteenth century and its hegemony in the late twentieth.
This is the first comprehensive coverage of socially and politically engaged Buddhism in Asia, presenting the historical development and institutional forms of engaged Buddhism in the light of traditional Buddhist conceptions of morality, interdependence, and liberation.
Presents a complete, annotated translation of Dogen's writing on Zen monasticism and the spirit of community practice. Dogen (1200-1253) is Japan's greatest Zen master.
This is the first English translation of the earliest Chinese Buddhist text, but it is more than a translation. Keenan shows that Mou-tzu's Treatise on Alleviating Doubt is a Buddhist hermeneutic on the ...
What is it like to be a Buddha? Is there only one Buddha or are there many? What can Buddhas do and what do they know? Is there anything they cannot do and cannot know? These and associated questions ...
The Life of Shabkar has long been recognized by Tibetans as one of the master works of their religious heritage. Following his inspired youth and early training in his native province of Amdo under the ...
Taking language as its general theme, this book explores how the tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophical speculation exemplifies the character of scholasticism.
Scholasticism, as an abstract ...
This book is of particular interest because it shows the presence of the Yogācāra (Mind Only) school in Tibet. It is well known that the Mādhyamaka school flourished in Tibet, but less well known that ...
The interdisciplinary approaches presented here investigate food in India and Sri Lanka for its wide ranging cultural meaning and uses. The authors examine food in religious and literary contexts, where ...
This is the first and only book in English on modern Chinese Buddhism written by a practicing Chinese monk. Chen-hua provides a rare eyewitness account of Chinese monastic life and Buddhist practices ...
This volume consists of eight studies, each one bringing to light new material of use to comparative religionists and historians of religion, as well as to students of Tibetan Buddhism. These studies ...
This book is an annotated translation of one of the great Tibetan classics of Mahayana Buddhist thought, mKhas grub rje's sTong thun chen mo. The text is a detailed critical exposition of the theory and ...
Among Asian languages, Tibetan is second only to Chinese in the depth of its historical record, with texts dating back as far as the eighth and ninth centuries, written in an alphabetic script that preserves ...
This book explores historical, textual, and social questions relating to the position and experience of women and gay people in the Buddhist world from India and Tibet to Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. ...
One of the great contributions of Tibetan Buddhism to the Buddhist tradition as a whole, and one of the things that distinguishes it from the Mahayana traditions that developed via China, has been the ...
This book brings important new dimensions to the interface between contemporary Western science and ancient Eastern wisdom. Here for the first time the concepts and insights of general systems theory ...
Among the most ancient deities of South Asia, the yaksha straddle the boundaries between popular and textual traditions in both Hinduism and Buddhism and both benevolent and malevolent facets. As a figure ...
Tathagatagarbha — Buddha Nature — is a central concept of Mahayana Buddhism crucial to all the living practice traditions of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Its relationship to the concept of emptiness ...
This is a translation of the first fifteen stories of the thirteenth century Sinhala work, the Saddharma Ratnāvaliya written by the monk Dharmasēna. The Saddharma Ratnāvaliya is in turn an expanded ...
Nagao invariably focuses on the core of Mahāyāna Buddhism--the path of the Bodhisattva, the doctrine of śūnyatā, and the system of Trisvabhāva are explained.
Important technical terms used in the ...
This volume presents the first book-length study in English of the concept of Buddha nature as discussed in the Buddha Nature Treatise (Fo Xing Lun), attributed to Vasubandhu and translated into Chinese ...
This book offers a systematic analysis of one of the most important concepts characterizing the Yogācāra School of Buddhism (the last creative stage of Indian Buddhism) as outlined and explained in ...
(Chu) Tao-sheng stands out in history as a unique and preeminent thinker whose paradigmatic, original ideas paved the way for the advent of Chinese Buddhism. The universality of Buddha-nature, which Tao-sheng ...