Recent Faculty Publications

Reflecting the range of work encouraged in the University’s various programs relating to Buddhist studies, recent faculty publications include: 


Dan Arnold, Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia University Press, 2012), winner of the Toshihide Numata Book Award from the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

———, Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2005), winner of a 2006 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion.

Paul Copp, The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (Columbia University Press, 2014), short-listed for the 2015 Best First Book in the History of Religions Award from the American Academy of Religion.  

Matthew Kapstein, Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013).

———, Sources of Tibetan Tradition, edited with Kurtis Schaeffer and Gary Tuttle (Columbia University Press, 2013). 

———, Buddhism between Tibet and China (Wisdom Publications, 2009). 

James Ketelaar, Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan: Buddhism and its Persecution (Princeton University Press, 1990), winner of the 1991 Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Katherine R. Tsiang, A Companion to Chinese Art, edited with Martin J. Powers (Blackwell, 2015).

———, Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan (University of Chicago, 2010).

Christian Wedemeyer, Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions (Columbia University Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion.

———, Āryadeva’s Lamp that Integrates the Practices (Caryāmelāpakapradīpa): The Gradual Path of Vajrayāna Buddhism According to the Esoteric Community Noble Tradition (American Institute of Buddhist Studies / Columbia University Press, 2007)

———, Tibetan Buddhist Literature and Practice: Studies in its Formative Period, 900-1400, edited with Ronald Davidson (Brill, 2006).

Wei-Cheng Lin, Building a Sacred Mountain: The Buddhist Architecture of China’s Mount Wutai (University of Washington Press, 2014).

Wu Hung, Chinese Sculpture, co-authored with Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, and Yang Hong  (Yale University Press, 2006), selected as “The Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) 

———, Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture, edited with Katherine R. Tsiang (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Brook Ziporyn, Emptiness and Omnipresence: The Lotus Sutra and Tiantai Buddhism (Indiana University Press, 2016). 

———, Ironies of Oneness and Difference: Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li 理 (SUNY Press, 2012).

———, Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Hackett, 2009). 

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