Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism

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Classics in East Asian Buddhism

The Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism is an independent, nonprofit organization that seeks to promote scholarship on Buddhism and its various historical, philosophical, and cultural ramifications. The Institute is run by scholars of Buddhism for scholars and serious students of the religion. It was established in 1976 by Taizan Hakuyū Maezumi, Roshi (1931–1995), founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles, who endowed it in the name of his father, Rev. Baian Hakujun Kuroda Roshi.

The Institute oversees two book series: Studies in East Asian Buddhism and Classics in East Asian Buddhism. Studies in East Asian Buddhism publishes books and monographs that engage with the Buddhist tradition on all levels. It also considers multi-author and conference volumes that demonstrate a strong cohesion among chapters and include an extended, synthetic introduction by the editor. The series is open to border-crossing and cross-cultural studies that will place the different traditions of Buddhism in their wider geographical, religious, and cultural contexts. Classics in East Asian Buddhism offers philologically grounded and extensively annotated English translations of important works in the East Asian Buddhist tradition. The translations are accompanied by a substantial introduction that places the work in its historical and cultural contexts.

The series’ executive editor welcomes proposals for publication projects, ranging from simple enquiries to lengthier proposals or complete manuscripts. Ideally, full proposals will also include a statement about the aim and contributions of the project, a broad outline of the contents, and a C.V. Manuscripts that are farther along might also include a sample chapter. Please submit manuscript proposals and enquiries to Robert Buswell at buswell@humnet.ucla.edu.

Board of Directors

William Bodiford (University of California, Los Angeles)
Robert E. Buswell, Jr. (University of California, Los Angeles), Executive Director and President
Griffith Foulk (Sarah Lawrence University)
Natasha Heller (University of Virginia)
Richard Jaffe (Duke University), Secretary
Lori Meeks (University of Southern California)
James Robson (Harvard University)
Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley)
Jacqueline Stone (Princeton University), Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Peter N. Gregory (Smith College), Executive Director and President Emeritus, ex officio

Studies in East Asian Buddhism

27. Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan, by Bryan D. Lowe (2017)

26. Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan, by Jacqueline I. Stone (2016)

25. Patrons and Patriarchs: Regional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, by Benjamin Brose (2015)

24. Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China, by Stuart H. Young (2015)

23. Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan, by Lori R. Meeks (2010)

22. How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China, by Morten Schlutter (2008)

21. The Making of a Savior Bodhisattva: Dizang in Medieval China, by Zhiru (2007)

20. The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations, ed. by Bryan J. Cuevas and Jacqueline I. Stone (2007)

19. Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism, by James A. Benn (2007)

18. Going Forth: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya, by William Bodiford (2005; paper, 2019)

17. Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha, ed. by Richard K. Payne and Kenneth K. Tanaka (2002; paper, 2019)

16. Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Chinese Buddhism, by Peter N. Gregory (2002)

15. Ryōgen and Mount Hiei: Japanese Tendai in the Tenth Century, by Paul Groner (2002; paper, 2019)

14. Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise, by Robert H. Sharf (2001, paper ed. 2005)

13. Buddhism in the Sung, ed. by Peter N. Gregory and Daniel A. Getz Jr. (cloth 1999, paper 2002)

12. Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, by Jacqueline I. Stone (cloth 1999, paper 2003), Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Historical Studies) from the American Academy of Religion

11. Re-Visioning “Kamakura” Buddhism, ed. by Richard K. Payne (1998)

10. The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography, by John Kieschnick (1997)

9. The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism, by Stephen F. Teiser (cloth 1994, paper 2003), Winner of the 1996 Levenson Prize, Association for Asian Studies

8. Soto Zen in Medieval Japan, by William M. Bodiford (1993; paper June 2008)

7. Paths to Liberation: The Marga and Its Transformations in Buddhist Thought, ed. by Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Robert M. Gimello (1992, out of print)

6. Buddhist Hermeneutics, ed. by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (1992)

5. Sudden and Gradual: Approaches to Enlightenment in Chinese Thought, ed. by Peter N. Gregory (1988, out of print)

4. Traditions of Meditation in Chinese Buddhism, ed. by Peter N. Gregory (1987)

3. The Northern School and the Formation of Early Ch’an Buddhism, by John R. McRae (1984 ed. out of print; reissued 2005)

2. Dogen Studies, ed. by William R. LaFleur (1985)

1. Studies in Ch’an and Hua-Yen, ed. by Robert M. Gimello and Peter N. Gregory (1983)

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Classics in East Asian Buddhism

Hônen’s Senchakushû: Passages on the Selection of the Nembutsu in the Original Vow, trans. and ed. by Senchakushû English Translation Project (1998, out of print)

Inquiry into the Origin of Humanity: An Annotated Translation of Tsung-mi’s Yüan jen lun with a Modern Commentary, trans. by Peter N. Gregory (1996)

Personal Salvation and Filial Piety: Two Precious Scroll Narratives of Guanyin and Her Acolytes, trans. by Wilt L. Idema (2008)

Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China, by Robert Ford Campany (March 2012)

The Great Calming and Contemplation: A Study and Annotated Translation of the First Chapter of Chih-i’s Mo-ho chih-kuan, trans. and ed. by Neal Donner and Daniel Stevenson (1993, out of print)

The Origins of Buddhist Monastic Codes in China: An Annotated Translation and Study of the Changyuan qinggui, by Yifa (2002)

The Record of Tung-Shan, trans. by William F. Powell (1986, out of print)

The Scriptures of Wôn Buddhism: A Translation of Wônbulgyo kyojôn with Introduction, by Bongkil Chung (2003)

Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen, by Robert E. Buswell Jr. (1992)

Zen in Medieval Vietnam: A Study and Translation of the Thiên Uyên Tâp Anh, by Cuong Tu Nguyen (1998, out of print)

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