Journal of Global Buddhism

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Vol. 18, 2017

Technologies of Salvation: (Re)locating Chinese Buddhism in the Digital Age
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Iam a product of this age. I would not have come into being if not for these times. In truth, the Internet has made me who I am.1- Daoxin, posted on his Weibo blogroll on 7 September, 2011.Soon, a video...
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Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy
Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy By Evan Thompson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014, 496 pages, ISBN: 9780231137096 (hard-cover), $32.95; 9780231136952 (paperback), $22.95; 9780231538312...
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Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural Re-Signification in Practice and Institutions
Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural Re-Signification in Practice and Institutions By Ana Cristina O. Lopes. Oxford: Routledge, 2015, xiii + 276 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-71911-7 (hardback), $125.22Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora is a work on globalization...
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Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society
Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society Edited by Hiroko Kawanami and Geoffrey Samuel. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 224 pages, ISBN-13 978-1-34947916-0 (hardcover), $105.00.When people encounter disasters happening in the world today,...
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Scientific and Sacramental: Engaged Buddhism and the Sacrilization of Medical Science in Tzu Chi (Ciji)
IntroductionThe late Ms. Lee was a pious lay Buddhist and a charity volunteer in her late-fifties in Taipei. She said to me,I remember once the Master (shifu 6¶^) recalled, in the old days, she often encountered people suffering from illnesses who requested...
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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China
From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China By Gareth Fisher. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2014, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-8248-3966-6 (cloth), $50.00 US.Since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and...
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Introduction: Buddhists and the Making of Modern Chinese Societies
The special focus of this issue of the Journal of Global Buddhism is on the role of Buddhists and Buddhist-inspired practices and ideas in (Greater) China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing connections between the pre- and post-1949...
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The Flexible Appropriation of Tradition: Stephen Batchelor's Secular Buddhism
The Flexible Appropriation of Tradition: Stephen Batchelor's Secular BuddhismStephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2010, 320 pp., $17.00, ISBN 978-0-385-52706-4, paperback);Stephen Batchelor, After Buddhism:...
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Revisioning Buddhism as a Science of the Mind in a Secularized China: A Tibetan Perspective
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The revivals of different Buddhist traditions in China over the last three decades have now become an integral part of the unprecedented social forces that catalyze the growing religious population of...
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Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith
Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith By Edwin Ng. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xi + 270 pages, ISBN 978-1-137-54990-7 (eBook), 69.99 €, $79.99; ISBN 978-1-137-54989-1 (hardcover), 84.99 €, $100.In Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A...
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Buddhism and Global Secularisms
The Religious-Secular BinaryThe wave of scholarship on secularism that has arisen in recent decades paints a more nuanced picture than the reigning model throughout most of the twentieth century. For most of the twentieth century, social theorists adhered...
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A Different Buddhist Revival: The Promotion of Vinaya (Jielü ??) in Republican China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)IntroductionThe aim of this paper is to draw attention to a so-far overlooked phenomenon in the history of Chinese Buddhism of the first half of the twentieth century, and to point to the important role...
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Foucault, Buddhism and Disciplinary Rules
Foucault, Buddhism and Disciplinary Rules By Malcolm Voyce. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2017, vii + 182 pages, ISBN 978-1-4094-1080-5 (hardback), $141; ISBN 978-1-315-58285-6 (ebook) $50.In the West, and especially in his native France, Michel Foucault...
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Diverse Practices and Flexible Beliefs among Young Adult Asian American Buddhists
IntroductionIn studies of American Buddhism, Asian American Buddhists are typically situated within a "two Buddhisms" typology that posits "two distinct and mutually isolated brands of Buddhism practiced by groups composed largely of Asian Americans,...
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Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia
Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia Edited by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, and Mark Michael Rowe. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016, xxii + 218 pages, ISBN 978-0-8248-5854-4 (cloth), $65.00.Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia...
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Buddhist Modernities: Re-Inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World
Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World Edited by Hanna Havnevik, Ute Hüsken, Mark Teeuwen, Vladimir Tikhonov, and Koen Wellens. London and New York: Routledge 2017, 302 pages. ISBN 9781138687844 (hardcover), $119.96;...
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Vol. 17, 2016

Avatamsaka ... Transnationalism in Modern Sinitic Buddhism
The first half of the twentieth century witnessed many changes in East Asian Buddhism. New epistemologies and technologies, along with changing social and political structures, formed much of the context for these changes. While the impetus for many...
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External Mindfulness, Secure (Non)-Attachment, and Healing Relational Trauma: Emerging Models of Wellness for Modern Buddhists and Buddhist Modernism
A shaved-headed man covered in bright tattoos and dressed casually in a green t-shirt and black sweat pants sat comfortably, one leg over another, in a chair at the front of the room. As he smiled at the sixty or so retreatants before him, a similar...
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Tibet on Fire: Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation
Tibet on Fire: Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation By John Whalen-Bridge. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, xxiii + 216 pages, ISBN 9781137373731 (hardback), $89.99; 9781137370358 (eBook), $69.99 Reviewed by Benjamin Wood, St. Francis...
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Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture
Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture By Jeff Wilson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 280 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-982782-7 (hardcover), $29.95; ISBN 978-0-19-982782-4 (eBook) Reviewed by Per Drougge,...
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Buddhist Responses to Globalization
Buddhist Responses to Globalization Edited by Leah Kalmanson and James Mark Shields. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. xv + 167 pages, ISBN 978-0-73918054-9 (hardcover), $80.00; ISBN 978-0-73918055-6 (eBook), $79.99. Reviewed by Ronald S. Green, Coastal...
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Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners
Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners Edited by Todd Lewis. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2014, xv + 329 pages. $44.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-470-65818-5 Reviewed by John Powers, Australian National...
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Branding Buddha - Mediatized and Commodified Buddhism as Cultural Narrative
Buddha is cool and chic in the West, and as a popular brand has moved from temple to market. Buddhism has been transformed from an intellectual capital and practice path for the elite to an easily approachable mindset for the masses in which consumerism,...
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Walking in the Valley of the Buddha: Buddhist Revival and Tourism Development in Bihar
On December 12th 2015 the Eleventh International Tipitaka chanting ceremony in Bodh Gaya reached its conclusion. Some 4,500 senior monks, nuns and lay persons from Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Lao P.D.R., Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia...
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Vol. 16, 2015

Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada
Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada Edited by John S. Harding, Victor Sogen Hori, and Alexander Soucy. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014, xxii + 445 pages, ISBN 9780773543379 (hardback), $100 CAD; 9780773543386...
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Pure Land or Pure Mind?: Locus of Awakening and American Popular Religious Culture
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This essay introduces a conceptual tool that will help us to understand the history of Buddhism as it has developed in the West, and elsewhere as well, in a more adequately nuanced fashion than previously....
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Global Zen Buddhism-Looking at the Popular and Material Cultures of Zen
The contributors to this special issue participated in a workshop on Zen and popular and material culture convened at Heidelberg University in 2012. We aimed to understand the global potentials of contemporary Zen Buddhism, as well as the challenges...
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Down-to-Earth Zen: Zen Buddhism in Japanese Manga and Movies
A visitor to Japan will be struck by the large number of manga (Japanese comics) and anime (animation movies) available on the market, as well as their related objects and businesses, such as souvenir items, resin and PVC figurines, and manga cafes.1...
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Putting a Price on Zen: The Business of Redefining Religion for Global Consumption
The widespread use of the word zen1 in marketing and the ease by which it has been co-opted for use in product branding and marketing has always struck me as an odd asterisk in the public conversation concerning religiosity and consumerism in the United...
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Easternization of the East? Zen and Spirituality as Distinct Cultural Narratives in Japan
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Zen, Popular Culture, and SpiritualityIs there a 'Zen spirituality' in Japan? The question is relevant both because "spirituality" (...) is an important feature of contemporary Japanese religion and popular...
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Buddhism and American Cinema
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Buddhism and American Cinema Edited by John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff. New York: SUNY Press, 2014, xv + 257 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5349-1 (cloth), $90.00; ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5350-7 (paperback),...
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Tensions between Families and Religious Institutions
It has been well noted at this point that Buddhist studies has suffered from a disproportionate emphasis on its idealized ascetic representations. Family life has, as a result, been marginalized (if not entirely ignored).Recent scholarship has been broadening...
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The Fantastic Stories of Könchok Paldrön and Her Enlightened Children: The Literary Impact of a Strong Female Voice in Blazing Splendor
The literature of the Nyingma (Ancient) tradition, the " eldest" of Tibet's four major sects, stretches back thirteen hundred years, with its core teachings and practices traceable to some of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist texts, which date to the eighth...
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The Family and Legacy of the Early Northern Treasure Tradition
In the context of Tibetan Buddhism, the authority and effectiveness of each religious tradition are maintained through careful preservation of lineage. As a result, Tibetan religious historiography tends to focus on the individuals who are the common...
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Family Temples and Religious Learning in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism
A recent flurry of scholarship (for instance, Clarke, 2014; Sasson, 2013; and Wilson, 2013) has brought long overdue scholarly appreciation to the centrality of family relationships in the Buddhist tradition. Quite often such studies highlight the persistence...
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The Childhood of Dorjé Sangwatsel (B. 1814) and the Theme of the Deficient Parent in Tibetan Hagiography
Positive portrayals of the parents1 of Buddhist masters frequently adorn the pages of Tibetan hagiographies.2 The prominent nineteenth-century Buddhist master Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899) compliments his mother for becoming his spiritual friend,...
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Soka Gakkai Families in the UK: Observations from a Fieldwork Study
Soka Gakkai International has a positive, accommodating attitude towards children and young people and towards families. This global lay movement in the Nichiren tradition is focused on changing the world rather than escaping from it, and it therefore...
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Buddhism beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States
Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States A volume in the SUNY Series in Buddhism and American Culture Edited By Scott A. Mitchell and Natalie E. F. Quli. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015, xiii+287...
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Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant
Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant. By Nirmala S. Salgado Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 319 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-976001-5 (paperback), 978-0-19-976002 (hardcover).The last few decades have been...
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Vol. 15, 2014

Almost a Proper Buddhist: The Post-Secular Complexity of Heritage Buddhist Teen Identity in Britain1
AbstractThis qualitative study explores how Buddhist affiliation relates to practice, how Buddhist teens define and experience their religious identity and which sociological paradigms are helpful in understanding the dynamics of Buddhist teen identity....
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From Buddhist Hippies to Buddhist Geeks: The Emergence of Buddhist Postmodernism?
AbstractDrawing on discourse analysis and ethnography, this paper will critically examine the effects of generational differences emerging in North American Buddhism through an analysis of the Buddhist Geeks network. Buddhist Geeks is an online Buddhist...
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Diversification in the Buddhist Churches of America: Demographic Trends and Their Implications for the Future Study of U.S. Buddhist Groups1
AbstractScholars of U.S Buddhism often divide Buddhist groups into categories using a system called "Two Buddhisms." These groups are "Heritage," founded by immigrants, and "Convert," founded by Americans of European descent. As cultural pressures force...
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The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work
The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. Edited by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2012, vii + 345 pages, ISBN 978-0-86171-664-7 (cloth), $34.95.Reviewed by Wendy CadgeThis...
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Cultivating Charisma: Ikeda Daisaku's Self Presentations and Transformational Leadership
Although social scientific studies of leadership have progressed significantly since the 1960s, discussions of popular religious leaders remain grounded in Weberian ideas on "charisma." Because "charisma" in Weber's writings lacks conceptual clarity...
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Vol. 14, 2013

Highlights from the Survey of Canadian Buddhist Organizations
AbstractThere are currently 483 Buddhist organizations operating in Canada in 2012. This article presents highlights from data gathered in the first-ever survey of community development in these organizations, with some preliminary observations. The...
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An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer
An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer. By Charles S. Prebish. Richmond Hill, ON: Sumeru Press, 2011, 266 pages, ISBN 978-1-896559-09-4 (paperback) $24.95 US/CAN, euro17.50 EUR.In the "Member Spotlight" for February 2012 at the...
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Aloha Buddha-The Secularization of Ethnic Japanese-American
AbstractThe relations between religion, migration, transnationalism, pluralism, and ethnicity have gained increasing focus in religious, cultural, sociological, and anthropological studies. With its manifold transfigurations across time and location,...
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Vol. 13, 2012

Dignity & Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns
Dignity & Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns. Edited by Thea Mohr and Jampa Tsedroen. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2010, 352 pages, ISBN 0-86171-588-8 (paperback), $18.95.Reviewed by Mari JyväsjärviIn July 2007, an unprecedented...
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Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change
Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change. Edited by Cristina Rocha and Michelle Barker. London: Routledge, 2011, xviii + 170, ISBN 978-0-415-56818-0 (cloth), USD $130.00/£85.00; ISBN 978-0-203-84032 (ebook), £71.66.Reviewed by Emeritus Professor Gary...
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Buddhism in Australia: An Emerging Field of Study
AbstractIn 2006, Paul D. Numrich (2008) posed the question of whether contemporary scholarship on North American Buddhism constituted a distinct "field of study" and identified several factors that defined both academic disciplines and fields. This paper...
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"Christianity Is for Rubes; Buddhism Is for Actors": U.S. Media Representations of Buddhism in the Wake of the Tiger Woods' Scandal
AbstractCritical analysis of U.S. media representations of Buddhists and Buddhism can reveal American attitudes toward this minority religion as well as how Buddhism is being spread in Western, non-Buddhist cultures. This paper examines such representations...
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Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture
Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture. By Jane Naomi Iwamura. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 232 pp. ISBN 9780199738601 (hardcover), $99.00; ISBN 9780199738618I (paperback), $24.95.Reviewed by Jonathan H. X. LeeWhen...
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"All Beings Are Equally Embraced by Amida Buddha": Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
AbstractMinisters in the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) began performing same-sex marriages approximately forty years ago. These were among the first clergy-led religious ceremonies for same-sex couples performed in the modern era, and were apparently...
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Nothing & Everything: The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant-Garde 1942 - 1962
Nothing & Everything: The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant-Garde 1942 - 1962. By Ellen Pearlman. Berkeley: Evolver Editions, 2012, 264 pages, ISBN 978-1583943632 (paperback), $21.95.Reviewed by Marc OlmstedEllen Pearlman does a pretty...
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