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Scholarly books

  • In press, Buddhist Healing in Medieval China and Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press): Edited collection of essays with local and global perspectives on Buddhist healing in medieval East Asia.
  • In press, Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources (New York: Columbia University Press): Edited collection of 35 chapters by 31 contributors introducing translations of texts and ethnographic transcripts about Buddhist healing in the modern era.
  • 2017, Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources (New York: Columbia University Press): Edited collection of 62 chapters by 57 contributors introducing translations of texts about Buddhism and medicine covering much of premodern Asia.
  • 2016, Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, AyurvedaRevised edition (Bangkok: White Lotus Press): Brief introduction to history and contemporary practice of traditional Thai medicine, with emphasis on cross-cultural influences and medical pluralism. (First edition: Hohm Press, 2007.)
  • 2014, Translating Buddhism Medicine in Medieval China (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press): Significantly revised version of my PhD dissertation, focusing on the translations strategies/tactics utilized in the introduction and assimilation of Indian medicine in medieval China.

Selected scholarly articles & chapters

(To download PDFs, see my page)

  • 2019, “Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia,” Religions 10.48; doi:10.3390/rel10010048. [Open Access]
  • 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]
  • 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, “Toward a Global History of Buddhism and Medicine,” Buddhist Studies Review 32.1: 35–61.
  • 2015, “Reexamining the Categories and Canons of Chinese Buddhist Healing,” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 28: 35–66.
  • 2014, “Buddhism & Medicine in East Asian History,” Religion Compass 8.8: 239–50. [Revised partial version appears in Salguero 2017, Introduction.]
  • 2014, “Medicine,” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195393521-0140 Last update: 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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 Salguero 2017, 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 Salguero 2017, 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 Salguero 2014, 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.
  • 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.

Selected popular press publications

  • 2016, article simultaneously published in Penn Press Log and Penn Museum Blog [Penn Museum; Penn Press]
  • 2016, “Paging Dr. Dharma,” Tricycle Magazine []
  • 2013, “Common Myths Associated with Thai Massage,” in Bob Haddad (ed.), Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts: Practice, Culture and Spirituality (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press).
  • 2007 Thai Massage: Student Workbook (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press) — 2nd ed. co-authored with David Roylance, 2011.
  • 2006, The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press).
  • 2004, The Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press). — 2nd ed. co-authored with David Roylance, 2011. Republished in Thailand by Silkworm Press, 2005; Chinese translation by Beijing Sports University, 2008 (under name 皮尔斯.赛尔盖罗); Czech translation by Poznání, 2008; Portuguese translation by Madras Editora (Brazil), 2010; Estonian translation by Kirjastus 2011; Spanish translation by Editorial Paidotribo, 2015.
  • 2003, Thai Herbal Medicine: Recipes for Health and Harmony (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press). — 2nd ed. coauthored with Nephyr Jacobsen & Tracy Wells, 2014. English-Thai edition by Silkworm Press, 2005; German translation by Stefan Uhrig & Agnes Fatrai GbR, 2017.
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