Contemporary thoughts on Monastic Buddhism

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Buddhist Nuns, Monks, and Other Worldly Matters: Recent Papers on Monastic Buddhism in India
written by Gregory Schopen

2014 | 480 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3880-5 | $70.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3882-2 | $36.00
Studies in the Buddhist Traditions

“Gregory Schopen is undeniably one of the most important contributors to the evolving understanding of Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism. His challenging and rigorous scholarship is accomplished not only by means of canonical textual analysis, but by studies of art, inscriptions, and other material culture as well.” —Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses

Indonesia’s Islam and autonomy’s quandary

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Caged in on the Outside: Moral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia
written by Gregory M. Simon

2014 | 272 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3830-0 | $57.00
Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory

“Simon’s book is a welcome addition to the literature on the Minangkabau. He offers a dynamic view of how Minangkabau people negotiate the contradictions and tensions they experience in everyday contexts and provides an excellent exposition of the concepts of social integration and individual autonomy. By bringing Islam into the larger conversation about moral subjectivity, he demonstrates how people engage with and make use of Islamic values in their daily lives.” —Evelyn Blackwood, Purdue University

Discretion’s consequence in Shin Buddhism

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Secrecy’s Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contraditions of Concealment
written by Clark Chilson

2014 | 235 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3839-3 | $42.00
Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture


Drawing on historical and ethnographic sources, as well as fieldwork among covert Shin Buddhists in central Japan, Secrecy’s Power introduces the histories, doctrines, and practices of different covert Shin Buddhists. It shows how, despite assumptions to the contrary, secrecy has been a significant part of Shin’s history since the thirteenth century, when Shinran disowned his eldest son for claiming secret knowledge. The work also demonstrates how secrecy in Shin has long been both a source of conflict and a response to it.

 

The beginnings of beer in Japan

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Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry
written by Jeffrey W. Alexander

2014 | 296 pages | illustrations
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3953-6 | $30.00
Published in association with the University of British Columbia Press
For sale only in the U.S. and its dependencies

 

“The story Alexander tells is a fresh one, intersecting with important themes in Japan’s modern history (from the process of ‘borrowing’ from the West to the growth of the consumer economy) but novel and revealing at every turn. Brewed in Japan is a striking new addition to the field and engages with many of the most widely debated issues in Japanese economic and social history.” —William Tsutsui, author of Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform during the Occupation

Featuring nearly 300 pages of text, dozens of photographs and period advertisements, and a vast bibliography, Brewed in Japan is both a close analysis of Japan’s leading brewing firms and a revealing look at the fascinating country in which they do business.

Tibet’s complexities chronicled

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Voices from Tibet: Selected Essays and Reportage
written by Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong
edited and translated by Violet S. Law

2014 | 122 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4008-2 | $55.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3951-2 | $20.00
Published in association with Hong Kong University Press

 

“These essays and dispatches provide an eloquent and unfiltered glimpse into how the ruling Communist Party has transformed the Tibetan plateau through decades of heavy-handed policies.”
Andrew Jacobs, Beijing correspondent for The New York Times

“Violet S. Law’s fluid translations of Woeser and Wang Lixiong’s powerful and deeply humane writings, combined with Robert Barnett’s insightful and elegantly crafted introduction, make for an extraordinarily effective volume.Voices from Tibet is a must-read for anyone eager to learn more about the Tibetan people and their struggles.”
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China in the 21st Century