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Contacts

Editorial Inquiries
  1. Dorothea Schaefter (on leave)
    Senior Editor, Central, South and Southeast Asia
    Jillian Morrison, Acting Associate Editor

  2. Stephanie Rogers
    Publisher, East Asia

  3. Peter Sowden
    Editor, Asia

Other Inquiries

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

  1. Revolutionaries and Reformers in Lao Buddhism

    By Patrice Ladwig

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Laos remains one of the few officially socialist countries in the world. Once a Buddhist kingdom, its involvement into the Vietnam War, the communist revolution of 1975 and the subsequent introduction of reformed socialism have deeply affected Buddhism, the religion of the ethnic majority. With a...

    To Be Published May 1st 2015 by Routledge

  2. Women in Pali Buddhism

    Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

    By Pascale Engelmajer

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The Pali tradition presents a diverse and often contradictory picture of women. This book examines women’s roles as they are described in the Pali canon and its commentaries. Taking into consideration the wider socio-religious context and drawing from early brahmanical literature and epigraphical...

    To Be Published October 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Engendering the Buddhist State

    Reconstructions of Cambodian History

    By Ashley Thompson

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Drawing from more than a decade of field and archival research, this monograph concerns Cambodian history and historiography, with an ultimate aim to broadening and deepening bases for understanding the Cambodian Theravadin politico-cultural complex. The book takes the form of an interdisciplinary...

    To Be Published February 28th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Ethical Practice, Religious Reform, and the Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal

    Seeing Things as They Are

    By Lauren Leve

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Theravada has experienced a powerful and far-reaching revival, especially among the Newar Buddhist laity, many of whom are reorganizing their lives according to its precepts, practices and ideals. This book documents these far-reaching social and personal transformations and links them to...

    To Be Published May 30th 2015 by Routledge

  5. The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China

    Charisma, Money, Enlightenment

    By Dan Smyer Yu

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Focusing on contemporary Tibetan Buddhist revivals in the Tibetan regions of the Sichuan and Qinghai Provinces in China, this book explores the intricate entanglements of the Buddhist revivals with cultural identity, state ideology, and popular imagination of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality in...

    Published September 28th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Buddhist and Christian?

    An Exploration of Dual Belonging

    By Rose Drew

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by, and sometimes even claim to belong to, more than one religious tradition. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and...

    Published July 11th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture

    The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur

    By Julie Gifford

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Providing an overall interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this book looks at Mahayana Buddhist religious ideas and practices that could have informed Borobudur, including both the narrative reliefs and the Buddha images. The author explores a version of the classical...

    Published March 14th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Buddhism in Australia

    Traditions in Change

    Edited by Cristina Rocha, Michelle Barker

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The number of Buddhists in Australia has grown dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of Australia's population, almost doubling the 1996 figures, and making it the fastest growing religion in the country. This book analyses the arrival and localisation of...

    Published December 6th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Tibetan Rituals of Death

    Buddhist Funerary Practices

    By Margaret Gouin

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book describes and analyses the structure and performance of Tibetan Buddhist death rituals, and situates that performance within the wider context of Buddhist death practices generally. Drawing on a detailed and systematic comparative survey of existing records of Tibetan funerary practices,...

    Published June 16th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Buddhist Monasticism in East Asia

    Places of Practice

    Edited by James A. Benn, Lori Meeks, James Robson

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The area of Buddhist monasticism has long attracted the interest of Buddhist studies scholars and historians, but the interpretation of the nature and function of monasteries across diverse cultures and vast historical periods remains a focus for debate. This book provides a multifaceted discussion...

    Published July 9th 2009 by Routledge

  11. Buddhist Manuscript Cultures

    Knowledge, Ritual, and Art

    Edited by Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, Claudia Brown

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how religious and cultural practices in premodern Asia were shaped by literary and artistic traditions as well as by Buddhist material culture. This study of Buddhist texts focuses on the significance of their material forms rather than their doctrinal contents...

    Published December 17th 2008 by Routledge

  12. Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism

    The Gandavyuha-sutra

    By Douglas Osto

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book examines the concepts of power, wealth and women in the important Mahayana Buddhist scripture known as the Gandavyuha-sutra, and relates these to the text’s social context in ancient Indian during the Buddhist Middle Period (0–500 CE). Employing contemporary textual theory, worldview...

    Published December 3rd 2008 by Routledge

  13. Religion, Medicine and the Human Embryo in Tibet

    By Frances Garrett

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book explores the cultural history of embryology in Tibet, in culture, religion, art and literature, and what this reveals about its medicine and religion. Filling a significant gap in the literature this is the first in-depth exploration of Tibetan medical history in the English language. It...

    Published April 25th 2008 by Routledge

  14. The Cultural Practices of Modern Chinese Buddhism

    Attuning the Dharma

    By Francesca Tarocco

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Buddhism in China during the late Qing and Republican period remained a powerful cultural and religious force. Francesca Tarocco is a rising star in this field and offers an innovative high-quality piece of work that presents a new perspective on the influence of Buddhism on Chinese culture....

    Published December 20th 2007 by Routledge

  15. Mindfulness in Early Buddhism

    New Approaches through Psychology and Textual Analysis of Pali, Chinese and Sanskrit Sources

    By Tse-fu Kuan

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book identifies what is meant by sati (smrti), usually translated as ‘mindfulness’, in early Buddhism, and examines its soteriological functions and its central role in the early Buddhist practice and philosophy. Using textual analysis and criticism, it takes new approaches to the...

    Published December 20th 2007 by Routledge

  16. Environmental Ethics in Buddhism

    A Virtues Approach

    By Pragati Sahni

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Environmental Ethics in Buddhism presents a logical and thorough examination of the metaphysical and ethical dimensions of early Buddhist literature. The author determines the meaning of nature in the early Buddhist context from general Buddhist teachings on dhamma, paticcasamuppada, samsara and...

    Published August 17th 2007 by Routledge

  17. Buddhist Rituals of Death and Rebirth

    Contemporary Sri Lankan Practice and Its Origins

    By Rita Langer

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    In Buddhist thought and practice, death has always been a central concept. This book provides a careful and thorough analysis of the rituals and social customs surrounding death in the Theravada tradition of Sri Lanka. Rita Langer describes the rituals of death and rebirth and investigates their...

    Published July 15th 2007 by Routledge

  18. Buddhism, Power and Political Order

    Edited by Ian Harris

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Weber's claim that Buddhism is an otherworldly religion is only partially true. Early sources indicate that the Buddha was sometimes diverted from supramundane interests to dwell on a variety of politically-related matters. The significance of Asoka Maurya as a paradigm for later traditions of...

    Published May 29th 2007 by Routledge