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 Practice. edited 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), 229254.

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 Peace, Issues 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 Peace, Issues 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

Mark Meulenbeld, Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel, Daoism: 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-Religion, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 42/4, 524-525.

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

The Śūraṅgama Sūtra: A New Translation, with Excerpts from the Commentary – By Ven. Master Hsüan Hua, Journal 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 China, Journal of Asian Studies 68/4 (November 2009), 1267–68.

Stephen F. Teiser, Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples, History 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 Project, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 19/1 (January 2009), 132–34.

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

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

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

Eugene Wang, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China, Journal 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 Religions, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 36/1 (2007), 169–70.

Alan Cole, Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahāyāna Buddhist
Literature, Journal 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 History, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 16/3 (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 Culture, Harvard 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, 600-1400, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 68/1 (February 2005), 154–56.

Michel Strickmann (edited by Bernard Faure), Chinese Magical Medicine, Journal of Asian Studies 63/4 (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 Biography, Journal 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 Historiography, Journal 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 Transcendents, Journal 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 Thought, Journal 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 China, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 10/3 (November 2000), 422–24.

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

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

Dominik Declercq, Writing Against The State: Political Rhetorics in Third and Fourth Century China, Journal 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 Buddhism, Journal of Asian Studies, 58/4 (November 1999), 1115–16.

Jérôme Ducor, Le Sûtra d’Amida prêché par le Buddha, Journal 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 Forestry, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 9/2 (July1999), 341–43.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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