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The Old Master
The Old Master (January 2012)
A Syncretic Reading of the Laozi from the Mawangdui Text A Onward
Hongkyung Kim - Author

A unique translation of and commentary on the Laozi, based on the oldest edition of the work.

This unique, highly contextualized translation of the Laozi is based on the earliest known edition of the work, Text A of the Mawangdui Laozi, written before 202 BCE. No other editions are comparable to this text in its antiquity. Hongkyung Kim also incorporates the recent archaeological discove...(Read More)
 
 
Cultivating Spirituality
Cultivating Spirituality (December 2011)
A Modern Shin Buddhist Anthology
Mark L. Blum - Editor
Robert F. Rhodes - Editor

Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

Cultivating Spirituality is a seminal anthology of Shin Buddhist thought, one that reflects this tradition’s encounter with modernity. Shin (or Jodō Shinshū) is a popular form of Pure Land Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan, but is only now becoming well known in the West. ...(Read More)
 
 
Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge
Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge (December 2011)
Asian Traditions in a Transnational World
D. S. Farrer - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

This landmark work provides a wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the traditional Asian martial arts. Most of the contributors to the volume are practitioners of the martial arts, and all are keenly aware that these traditions now exist in a transnational context. The book’s cutting-edge research includes ethnography and approaches from film, li...(Read More)
 
 
This-Worldly Nibbana
This-Worldly Nibbana (December 2011)
A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community
Hsiao-Lan Hu - Author

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Offering a feminist analysis of foundational Buddhist texts, along with a Buddhist approach to social issues in a globalized world, Hsiao-Lan Hu revitalizes Buddhist social ethics for contemporary times. Hu’s feminist exegesis references the Nikāya-s from the “Discourse Basket” of the Pāli Canon. These texts, among th...(Read More)
 
 
Visions of Unity
Visions of Unity (December 2011)
The Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden's New Interpretation of Yogacara and Madhyamaka
Yaroslav Komarovski - Author

Presents the thought of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.

This landmark book discusses the thought of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Shakya Chokden (1428–1507) on the two major systems of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Influential and controversial in his own day, Shakya Chokden’s thought fell out of favor over time and his writings were eventually repr...(Read More)
 
 
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism (November 2011)
Defining the Japanese Self
Rachael Hutchinson - Author

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) spent more time abroad than any other writer of his generation, firing the Japanese imagination with his visions of America and France. Applying the theoretical framework of Occidentalism to Japanese literature, Rachael Hutchinson explor...(Read More)
 
 
Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea
Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea (November 2011)
New Perspectives
Youngmin Kim - Editor
Michael J. Pettid - Editor

A new, multifaceted look at Korean women during a period of strong Confucian ideology.

This volume offers a fresh, multifaceted exploration of women and Confucianism in mid- to late-Choson Korea (mid-sixteenth to early twentieth century). Using primary sources and perspectives from social history, intellectual history, literature, and political thought, contributors challenge unitary views of Confucianism as a ...(Read More)
 
 
Yogi Heroes and Poets
Yogi Heroes and Poets (November 2011)
Histories and Legends of the Naths
David N. Lorenzen - Editor
Adrián Muñoz - Editor

An exploration of the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāths, a Hindu lineage known for Hatha yoga practice.

This book provides a remarkable range of information on the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāth Yogis. A Hindu lineage prominent in North India since the eleventh century, Nāths are well-known as adepts of Hatha yoga and alchemical practices said to increase longevity. Long a h...(Read More)
 
 
Kama's Flowers
Kama's Flowers (September 2011)
Nature in Hindi Poetry and Criticism, 1885-1925
Valerie Ritter - Author

Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.

Kāma’s Flowers documents the transformation of Hindi poetry during the crucial period of 1885–1925. As Hindi was becoming a national language and Indian nationalism was emerging, Hindi authors articulated a North Indian version of modernity by reenvisioning nature. While t...(Read More)
 
 
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art (September 2011)
Cultural and Philosophical Reflections
Hsingyuan Tsao - Editor
Roger T. Ames - Editor

Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.

How Chinese is contemporary Chinese art? Treasured by collectors, critics, and art world cognoscenti, this art developed within an avant-garde that looked West to find a language to strike out against government control. Traditionally, Chinese artistic expression has been related to the structure and fun...(Read More)
 
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