Global History of Buddhist Medicine

A study of the global history of Buddhist medicine “from Sarnath to Silicon Valley.” This project contains all the resources needed to teach graduate or upper level undergraduate courses on the connections between Buddhism and medicine. The main argument to the project as a whole is that medicine is central to the religion of Buddhism, and, conversely, that Buddhism has been an vitally important vehicle for transnational exchange of medicine globally.


Scholarly articles & chapters

  • 2018, “Buddhist Medicine and its Circulation.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press; doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.013.215. [Link]
  • 2017, “Cultural Associations of Water in Early Chinese and Indian Religion and Medicine,” Special Issue: Water and Asia, Education About Asia 22.2: 23–28.
  • 2015, “Toward a Global History of Buddhism and Medicine,” Buddhist Studies Review 32.1: 35–61.
  • 2014, “Medicine,” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195393521-0140 Last update: 2018.

Popular press publications

  • 2019, “The Mind Cure?,” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review [Tricycle]
  • 2016, “Buddhist Medicine,” article simultaneously published in Penn Press Log and Penn Museum Blog [Penn MuseumPenn Press]
  • 2016, “Paging Dr. Dharma,” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review []