Buddhist Studies Review https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR <p><em>Buddhist Studies Review</em>&nbsp;is published by Equinox on behalf of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ukabs.org.uk/ukabs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UK Association for Buddhist Studies</a>. The Association was founded in 1996 and two years later took over publication of&nbsp;<em>Buddhist Studies Review</em>, which had been run since 1983 by Russell Webb and Sara Boin-Webb. Membership in the Association includes a subscription to the journal among other benefits.You can join the Association through the membership pages on their website.&nbsp;</p> en-US alicecollett@gmail.com (Alice Collett and Christopher Jones) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Wed, 28 Jul 2021 13:32:55 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.7 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Buddhist Violence and Religious Authority https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20661 <p>.</p> Margo Kitts, Mark Juergensmeyer Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20661 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 An Unfinished Jigsaw https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20670 <p>Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahayana Buddhism, edited by Paul Harrison. Equinox Publications, 2018. 320pp. Hb. £75.00, Pb/eBook. £26.99. ISBN 13: Hb. 9781781790960, Pb. 9781781798539, eBook 9781781796856.</p> Nic Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20670 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Buddhist Challenges to the Contemporary Ethical Discourse of Violence versus Nonviolence https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20662 <p>.</p> Stephen Jenkins Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20662 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Dharma and its Discontents https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20663 <p>This article critically re-examines the “received wisdom” on Buddhism— its history, traditional lore, monastic institutions, and ritual practices— acknowledging the fact of violence within Buddhism while striving for a nuanced understanding by looking at the life of Kumarajiva (ca. 344–413). A legendary figure in Sino-Japanese Buddhism, Kumarajiva has long been lauded as a wondrous exemplar of the Dharma at work, making accounts of his life valuable resources for understanding Buddhism in medieval China, including the place of violence. My intention is not to condemn Buddhism as a “violent religion” but to encourage us to consider just how pervasive and complex the role of “violence” seems to be within Buddhism (both in the past and in the present), and critically trace out some of its implications.</p> John Thompson Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20663 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Buddhists, Politics and International Law https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20664 <p>To date, international law has not featured prominently in academic analyses of Buddhism. Especially absent from this small body of literature are real-life examples of Buddhist monks and laity turning to international law to resolve grievances or protect Buddhism against perceived threats to it. This article seeks to fill this void. Drawing on interview and archival sources from Sri Lanka and the United Nations, it analyzes how one particular monk from Colombo became a key agent in the interpretation and transformation of international law. By so doing, this article complements existing scholarship concerning Buddhism’s philosophical or conceptual sympathies with international legal principles and provides further empirical ballast for understanding how, when and why Buddhists turn to international law.</p> Benjamin Schonthal Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20664 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Exorcising the Body Politic https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20665 <p>This study examines thirteenth to twentieth century Tibetan and Mongolian monastic memorializations of the bodily violence enacted upon Köten Ejen at the center of the “Buddhist conversion of the Mongols.” Koten Ejen (Tib. Lha sras go tan rgyal po, 1206–1251) was Chinggis Khan’s grandson and a military leader involved in Mongol campaigns against the Song Dynasty and against Buddhist monasteries in eastern Tibet. In 1240, Koten famously summoned the Central Tibetan Buddhist polymath Sakya Pandita, by then already an old man, to his court at Liangzhou. Examining Tibetan and Mongolian accounts about their meeting from the last seven centuries, this study shows that it was neither compelling philosophy nor some turn of faith that converted the Mongols. It was, rather, Sakya Pandita’s violent therapeutic intervention into the space of Koten’s ill body that wrenched the Mongol body politic into the Dharmic fold.</p> Matthew King Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20665 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 De-Centering the Normative in the Introduction to Buddhism Class https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20666 <p>In this article, I present an alternative method for teaching the Intro to Buddhism class. The standard way of teaching this class allows little room for non-normative aspects of Buddhism such as violence, and insofar as it does, it implicitly frames them as “aberrations” from “real Buddhism.” In my syllabus, I began by having students read The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, which teaches them about Buddhist doctrine with a seductively modernist approach. At the mid-point of the semester, I then reveal to them that Thich Nhat Hanh’s book leaves out a great deal of what is found in actual traditional Buddhist practice, including reincarnation, gods, spirits, miracles, the supernatural, patriarchy, and violence. In the second half of the semester, we then study regional forms of Buddhism, with a special eye towards practice, including the practice of violence.</p> Nathan McGovern Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20666 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 But Is It Buddhist? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20667 <p>In If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence, Michael Jerryson reports that his research on Buddhist violence frequently elicits two responses. The first is that the violence he has analyzed is not really Buddhist because true Buddhists are non-violent. The second is that instances of putatively Buddhist violence are not really Buddhist because they are ultimately about something besides religion, such as ethnicity, politics, or economics. This paper offers a thoroughgoing refutation of both of these responses. First, there is no principled way to establish the claim that true Buddhists are non-violent. Second, the claim that putatively Buddhist violence is ultimately about something besides religion does not provide reason against classifying the violence as “Buddhist.”</p> Blaze Marpet Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20667 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Humanizing the Rohingya Beyond Victimization https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20668 <p>This article is based on interviews with U Ashin Wirathu and an analysis of Buddhist nationalist discourses of violence against religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar. I explore a fundamental issue that continues to plague the Rohingya—the emphasis on the Rohingya as victims of nationalist systemic Buddhist violence. This chapter sets out to bring Rohingya agency to the forefront. Rohingyas are characterized as immutably foreign and Muslim—that is, they are labeled with an identity convenient to state-sangha oppression. Through interviews with relocated Rohingya society members and the mentoring of Dr. Jerryson, this work is dedicated to the rehumanization and devictimization of the Rohingya.</p> Grisel d’Elena Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20668 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature, edited by Rafal K. Stepien. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20672 <p>Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature, edited by Rafal K. Stepien. State University of New York Press, 2020. 398pp. Hb. $95.00, ISBN-13: 9781438480718; Pb. $26.95, ISBN-13: 9781438480701.</p> Stephen C. Walker Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20672 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins, edited by Naomi Appleton and Peter Harvey. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20673 <p>Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins, edited by Naomi Appleton and Peter Harvey. Equinox Publishing, 2019. 324pp. Hb. $53, ISBN 13: 9781781798928.</p> Olivia Porter Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/20673 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000