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Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources

C. Pierce Salguero (ed.)

  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN-10: 0231189362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231189361

Over the centuries, Buddhist ideas have influenced medical thought and practice in complex and varied ways in diverse regions and cultures. A companion to Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources, this work presents a collection of modern and contemporary texts and conversations from across the Buddhist world dealing with the multifaceted relationship between Buddhism and medicine.

Covering the early modern period to the present, this anthology focuses on how Buddhism and medicine were shaped by the forces of colonialism, science, and globalization, as well as ruptures and reconciliations between tradition and modernity. The anthology highlights diversity and innovation in the encounters between Buddhist and medical thought. Editor C. Pierce Salguero and an international collection of scholars specializing in the intersections of Buddhism and medicine present a range of different perspectives rooted in distinct times and places. The book includes translations relating to various aspects of Buddhism and healing across modern Asia, accounts by missionaries and colonial authorities, and materials from the contemporary United States and United Kingdom. The chapters contain a wide range of sources, such as translations of published and unpublished documents and transcripts of ethnographic interviews. Together, these diverse sources illustrate the many ways in which Buddhism and medicine have intersected in the past and how this nexus continues to be crucial in today’s global context.