Scholarly monographs & edited volumes

Scholarly articles & chapters

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  • 2023, “‘Meditation Sickness’ in Medieval Chinese Buddhism and the Contemporary West.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics 30: 169–211. URL:
  • 2022, “Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism & Health in the US.” Pacific World Fourth Series 3. URL:
  • 2021, “Buddhist Healthcare in Philadelphia: An Ethnographic Experiment in Student-Centered, Engaged, and Inclusive Pedagogy.” Religions 12.6.
  • 2021, “The Role of Buddhist Studies in Fostering Metadisciplinary Conversations and Improving Pedagogical Collaborations.” Religions 12.1. 10.3390/rel12010001
  • 2020, “Countercurrents and Counterappropriations: The Role of Mindfulness in Traditional Korean Medicine,” Asian Medicine 15.2: 291–300.
  • 2019, “Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia,” Religions 10.48.
  • 2018, “A Missing Link in the History of Chinese Medicine: A Research Note on the Medical Contents in the Chinese Buddhist Taishō Tripiṭaka,” East Asian Science, Medicine, and Technology 47: 93–119.
  • 2018, “‘This Fathom-Long Body’: Bodily Materiality & Ascetic Ideology in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Scriptures,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 92: 237–60.
  • 2018, “Healing and/or Salvation? The Relationship Between Religion and Medicine in Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” Working Paper Series of the HCAS: Multiple Secularities — Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities 4. [Open Access]
  • 2017, “Medicine in the Chinese Buddhist Canon: Selected Translations.” Asian Medicine 12.1/2: 79–294. (Co-authored with four other contributors.)
  • 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.
  • 2017, “Honoring the Teachers, Constructing the Tradition: The Role of History and Religion in the Waikrū Ceremony of a Thai Traditional Medicine Hospital,” in Hans Pols, Michele Thompson, and John Harley Warner (eds.), Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press).
  • 2015, “Reexamining the Categories and Canons of Chinese Buddhist Healing,” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 28: 35–66.
  • 2014, “Medicine,” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. Last update: 2018. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195393521-0140 [Link]
  • 2013, “Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China,” Asian Philosophy 23.4: 341–9.
  • 2011, “Indian Influence on Chinese Medicine through Buddhism,” in World History Encyclopedia, Oxford: ABC-CLIO.
  • 2009, “The Buddhist Medicine King in Literary Context: Reconsidering an Early Medieval Example of Indian influence on Chinese Medicine and Surgery,” History of Religions 48.3: 183-210.

Deprecated articles

(Please cite the updated versions instead.)

  • 2018, “Buddhist Medicine and its Circulation.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press. [This is essentially a summary of Buddhism & Medicine: A Global History.]
  • 2015, “Toward a Global History of Buddhism and Medicine,” Buddhist Studies Review 32.1: 35–61. [Revised version appears in Buddhism & Medicine: A Global History, particularly chapter 5.]
  • 2014, “Buddhism & Medicine in East Asian History,” Religion Compass 8.8: 239–50. [Revised partial version appears in the Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources, Introduction.]
  • 2013, “‘On Eliminating Disease’: Translations of the Medical Chapter from the Chinese Versions of the Sutra of Golden Light,” eJournal of Indian Medicine 6 (1): 21–43. [Revised version appears in Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources, ch. 4.]
  • 2012, “‘Treating Illness’: Translation of a Chapter from a Medieval Chinese Buddhist Meditation Manual by Zhiyi (538–597),” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 7.2: 461–73. [Revised version appears in Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources, ch. 37.]
  • 2010–11, “Mixing Metaphors: Translating the Indian Medical Doctrine Tridoṣa in Chinese Buddhist Sources,” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 6.1: 55–74. [Revised version appears in Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China, ch. 2.]
  • 2010, “‘A Flock of Ghosts Bursting Forth and Scattering’: Healing Narratives in a Sixth-Century Chinese Buddhist Hagiography,” East Asian Science Technology & Medicine 32: 89–120. [Revised version appears in Buddhist Healing in Medieval China and Japan, ch. 1]

Book reviews

  • 2019, “The Mind Cure?,” essay review of three recent scholarly books in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (Fall issue).
  • 2018, Review of David L. McMahan and Erik Braun (eds.). Meditation, Buddhism, and Science. Oxford University Press, 2017. In Reading Religion,
  • 2016, Review of Stuart Young, Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China, Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. In Numen 63: 607–11.
  • 2016, Review of Paul Copp. The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. In Religious Studies Review 42.2.
  • 2016, Review of Janet Gyatso. Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet, New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. In Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90.1.
  • 2015, Review of Vargas-O’Bryan, Ivette, and Zhou Xun, Disease, Religion, and Healing in Asia: Collaborations and Collisions, London and New York: Routledge, 2015. In History of Science in South Asia 3.
  • 2013, Review of TJ Hinrichs and Linda L. Barnes (eds.), Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History, Cambridge and London: Belknap Press, 2013. In Jour-nal of Asian Studies 72.4.
  • 2013, Review of James McHugh, Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture, New York: Oxford University Press. In Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 87.2.
  • 2012, Review of Catherine Despeux (ed.) 2010, Médecine, religion, et société dans la Chine médiévale: Étude de manuscrits chinois de Dunhuang et de Turfan, Paris: Collège de France, Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises. In Asian Medicine 7.2.
  • 2009, Review of Laila Williamson and Serinity Young, Body and Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings, New York: University of Washington Press, 2009. In Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 83.3.
  • 2009, Review of Linda L. Barnes, Needles, Herbs, Gods and Ghosts: China, Healing and the West to 1848, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. In American Ethnologist, 36.4.
  • 2007, Review of Vivienne Lo and Christopher Cullen (eds.), Medieval Chinese Medicine: The Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts, London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005. In Medical History, 51.1.
  • 2006, Review of Donald S. Lopez, The Madman’s Middle Way: Reflections on the Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2006. In Asian Studies Review, 30.4.
  • 2006, Review of Srinivas Aravamudan, Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006. In Asian Studies Review, 30.3.
  • 2006, Review of Shantosh Jatrana, Mika Toyota, and Brenda S.A. Yeoh, eds., Migration and Health in Asia, London and New York: Routledge, 2005. In Asian Studies Review, 30.2.