Publications

PEER REVIEWED

BOOKS

Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015.

Reviews: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78, no. 3 (October 2015), 659-660 [T. H. Barrett] [electronic]; Hanxue yanjiu tongxun (Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies) 34, no. 2, May 2015, 20­–21 [Liao Zhen 廖箴]; New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 17, no. 2 (December 2015), 126–27 [Maria Galikowski]; Religious Studies Review 42, no. 3 (September 2016), 225 [Barbara Hendrischke]; Journal of Asian Affairs 47, no. 2 (2016), 341–43 [Susan Pares]; Journal of Chinese Studies, no. 63 (July 2016), 308–316 [Victor Mair]; CHINOPERL 35, no. 1 (July 2016), 58–61 [Peter Micic].

Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism. Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism 19. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.

Notices: Chronicle of Higher Education 53, no. 28, p. A21; Choice 45, no. 1 (September 2007), p. 115.

Reviews: Hanxue yanjiu tongxun (Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies) 26, no. 3, August 2007, 55–56 [Stefania Travagnin] [electronic]; Middle Way 82, no. 2, August 2007, 119 [Simon Hui-Chiao]; Tang yanjiu 13, December 2007 [Chen Huaiyu]; Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76, March 2008, 198–202 [Natasha Heller] [electronic]; The Journal of Religion 88, no. 2, April 2008, 269–270 [Marcus Bingenheimer] [electronic]; Journal of Asian Studies 67, no. 2, May 2008, 678–681 [Wendi Adamek] [electronic]; Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 69, no. 1, June 2009, 221–225 [Vincent Goossaert] [electronic]; Journal of Chinese Religions 36, 2008, 124–127 [Linda Penkower]; H-Buddhism, H-Net Reviews, November 2009 [Ryan Overbey] [electronic]; Religious Studies Review 36, no. 3, September 2010, 193–198 [Liz Wilson] [electronic].

EDITED BOOK

Buddhist Monasticism in East Asia: Places of Practiceedited by James A. Benn, Lori Meeks, James Robson (Routledge, 2009).

Reviews: Journal of Buddhist Ethics 18, 2011 [Pei-Yin Lin] [electronic]; Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 74, no. 2 (2011) 339-40 [Malcolm McNeill] [electronic]; Journal of Chinese Religions, 38 (2010 [appeared 2012]), 75–78 [Yifa]; Religious Studies Review  38, no. 1 (March 2012), 37, [Brian J. Nichols]. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 41 (September 2012), 484-486 [Chipamong Chowdhury].

JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Self-immolation, Resistance and Millenarianism in Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” Medieval History Journal, 17.2,(October 2014), 229–254.

Multiple Meanings of Buddhist Self-Immolation in China—A Historical Perspective,” Revue des Études Tibétaines 25 (December 2012), 203–212.

“The Silent Saṃgha: Some Observations on Mute Sheep Monks,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 32, no. 1–2 (2009 [2010]), 11–38.

“Another Look at the Pseudo-Śūramgama Sūtra,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 68, no. 1 (June 2008), 57–89. [Table of Contents] [Abstracts]

“Written in Flames: Self-immolation in Sixth-century Sichuan,” T’oung Pao 92, no. 4-5 (2006), 410–465. [electronic]

“Where Text Meets Flesh: Burning the Body as an ‘Apocryphal Practice’ in Chinese Buddhism,” History of Religions, 37/4 (May 1998), 295–322. [JSTOR]

CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS

“Biographies of Eight Auto-Cremators and Huijiao’s Critical Evaluation” in Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook, edited by Robert F. Campany, Wendy Swartz, and Lu Yang. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

“The Lotus Sūtra and Self-immolation,” in Readings of the Lotus Sutra, edited by Jacqueline I. Stone and Stephen F. Teiser, 107–131. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

“Spontaneous Human Combustion: Some Remarks on a Phenomenon in Chinese Buddhism,” in Heroes and Saints:The Moment of Death in Cross-cultural Perspectives, edited by Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara, 101–133.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

“Fire and the Sword: Some Connections between Self-immolation and Religious Persecution in the History of Chinese Buddhism” in The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses and Representations, edited by Bryan Cuevas and Jacqueline Stone, 234–65. Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism 20. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.

NOT PEER REVIEWED

EDITED BOOKS

Images, Relics and Legends: the Formation and Transformation of Buddhist Sacred Sites. Essays in Honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara. Edited with Jinhua Chen, and James Robson. Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press, 2012.

Reviews: Journal of Chinese Religions, 41.2 (2014), 100–103 by Michael Walsh

Buddhism and Peace: Issues of Violence, Wars and Self-sacrifice, edited with Jinhua Chen. Hualien: Tzu Chi University Press, 2007. [Catalogue]

CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS

“One Mountain, Two Traditions: Buddhist and Taoist Claims on Zhongnan shan in Medieval Times,” in Images, Relics and Legends: the Formation and Transformation of Buddhist Sacred Sites. Essays in Honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara. Edited by James Benn, Jinhua Chen, and James Robson, 69–90.  Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press, 2012.

“Introduction,” in Buddhism and PeaceIssues of Violence, Wars and Self-sacrifice, edited by James Benn and Jinhua Chen, 1–11.  Hualien: Tzu Chi University Press, 2007.

“Self-immolation in the Context of War and Other Natural Disasters,” in Buddhism and PeaceIssues of Violence, Wars and Self-sacrifice, edited by James Benn and Jinhua Chen, 51–83.  Hualien: Tzu Chi University Press, 2007.

“Buddhism, Alcohol, and Tea in Medieval China” in Of Tripod and Palate: Food and Religion in Traditional China, edited by Roel Sterckx, 213–36. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. [Catalogue]

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

“Diet” (228–29) and “Self-immolation,” (758–59) in Encyclopedia of Buddhism. New York: Macmillan 2004.

REVIEW ARTICLE

“Buddhism, Bodies, Medicine, and Spellcraft.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 76 (1–2): 181–95.

BOOK REVIEWS

Donald S. Lopez, The Lotus Sūtra: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books), Reading Religions published June 22, 2018.

C. Pierce Salguero, ed. Buddhism and Medicine An Anthology of Premodern Sources, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86, no. 2, 561–63 (2018).

Mark Meulenbeld, Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming NovelDaoism: Religion, History and Society, No. 8 (2016), 285–293.

Stuart Young, Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China, Journal of Chinese Studies, no. 63 (July 2016), 316–322.

Jonathan Silk, Buddhism in China: Collected Papers of Erik Zürcher, Journal of the American Oriental Society 136, no. 1 (2016), 155–156.

Barend ter Haar, Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China, Studies in Chinese Religions 1.2, 198-200.

Wendi Adamek, The Teachings of Master Wuzhu: Zen and Religion of No-ReligionStudies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 42/4, 524-525.

Lillian Lan-ying Tseng, Picturing Heaven in Early ChinaCanadian Journal of History XLVIII (Autumn 2013), 382­–83.

The Śūraṅgama Sūtra: A New Translation, with Excerpts from the Commentary – By Ven. Master Hsüan HuaJournal of Chinese Philosophy 38/4(December 2011), 673–75.

Morten Schlütter, How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty ChinaJournal of Asian Studies 68/4 (November 2009), 1267–68.

Stephen F. Teiser, Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist TemplesHistory of Religions 49/1 (August 2009), 104–106.

Martha P. Y. Cheung, ed. An Anthology of Chinese Discourse on Translation. Volume 1: From Earliest Times to the Buddhist ProjectJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 19/1 (January 2009), 132–34.

Stephen Eskildsen, The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist MastersJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18/4 (October 2008), 541–43.

Benjamin Penny, ed., Daoism in History: Essays in Honour of Liu Ts’un-yanJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18/4 (October 2008), 543–45.

Jinhua Jia, The Hongzhou School of Chan Buddhism in Eighth- through Tenth-Century ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18/4 (October 2008), 545–47.

Eugene Wang, Shaping the Lotus SutraBuddhist Visual Culture in Medieval ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/3 (July 2007), 351–52.

Vincent Goossaert, ed. Sanjiao wenxian: Materiaux pour l’etude de la religion chinoise, (Revue Annuelle, no. 4)Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/3 (July 2007), 352–53.

Robert E. Florida, The Buddhist Tradition: Volume Five of Human Rights and the World’s Major ReligionsStudies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses36/1 (2007), 169–70.

Alan Cole, Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahāyāna Buddhist

LiteratureJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/1 (January 2007), 95–97.

S. A. M. Adshead, T’ang China: The Rise of the East in World HistoryJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society16/3 (November 2006), 332–33.

H. W. Bodewitz and Minoru Hara, eds. Gedenkschrift J.W. De Jong, Studia Philologica Buddhica Monograph Series XVI, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 15/3 (November 2005), 382–83.

John Kieschnick, The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material CultureHarvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 65/1 (June 2005), 207–215.

Charles Le Blanc, Rémi Mathieu et. al, Philosophes Taoïstes II, Huainan zi,Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 15/1 (April 2005), 123–25.

Tansen Sen, Buddhism, Diplomacy and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600-1400Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies68/1 (February 2005), 154–56.

Michel Strickmann (edited by Bernard Faure), Chinese Magical Medicine, Journal of Asian Studies63/4 (November 2004), 1113–14.

Catherine Despeux, ed., Bouddhisme et Lettrés dans la Chine Médiévale, Journal of Chinese Religions 31 (2003), 229–31.

Hamar Imre, A Religious Leader in the Tang: Chengguan’s BiographyJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society 13/3 (November 2003), 421–22.

Antonino Forte and Frederico Masini, eds., A Life Journey to the East: Sinological Studies in Memory of Giuliano Bertuccioli (1923-2001)Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 13/3 (November 2003), 430–32.

David Schaberg, A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese HistoriographyJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 13/3 (November 2003), 419–21.

Robert Ford Campany, To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth: A Translation and Study of Ge Hong’s Traditions of Divine TranscendentsJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 13/1 (April 2003), 138–40.

Brook Ziporyn, Evil and/or/as the Good: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity, and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist ThoughtJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 12/1 (April 2002), 120–22.

Shiyi Yu, Reading the Chuang-tzu in the T’ang Dynasty: the Commentary of Ch’eng Hsüan-ying (fl. 631-652)Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 12/1 (April 2002), 130–32.

Joseph P. McDermott, ed., State and Court Ritual in ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 10/3 (November 2000), 422–24.

Bernard Faure, The Will to Orthodoxy: a Critical Genealogy of Northern Chan BuddhismJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 10/1 (April 2000), 137–39.

Donald Holzman, Immortals, Festivals and Poetry in Medieval ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/3 (November 1999), 458–60.

Dominik Declercq, Writing Against The State: Political Rhetorics in Third and Fourth Century ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/3 (November 1999), 460–61.

Charles Orzech, Politics and Transcendent Wisdom: The Scripture for Humane Kings in the Creation of Chinese BuddhismJournal of Asian Studies, 58/4 (November 1999), 1115–16.

Jérôme Ducor, Le Sûtra d’Amida prêché par le BuddhaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/2 (July 1999), 337–39.

Christian Daniels and Nicholas K. Menzies, Joseph Needham Science and Civilisation in China, volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology; Part III: Agro-Industries: Sugarcane Technology and ForestryJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/2 (July1999), 341–43.

Stephen Bokenkamp, Early Daoist ScripturesJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/1 (April 1999), 198–200.

Livia Kohn and Michael LaFargue, eds., Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-chingBulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 62/2 (1999), 388–89.

John Kieschnick, The Eminent MonkJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 8/3 (November 1998), 496–98.

Francois Jullien, The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 8/3 (November 1998), 498–500.

Livia Kohn, Laughing at the Tao: Debates among Buddhists and Taoists in Medieval ChinaJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 8/3 (November 1998), 500–502.

Isabelle Robinet, Taoism: Growth of a ReligionJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 8/2 (July 1998), 307–309.

Tadeusz Skorupski, ed., The Buddhist Forum, vol. IVJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 8/2 (July 1998), 305–307.