Two new titles in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies Series

Two new releases in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies series are:

Charles Willemen, A Collection of Important Odes of the Law: The Chinese Udānavarga

The Udānavarga is a thematically organized collection of important sayings
in verse form used to teach the Buddhadharma. It is a key example of
an important genre of Buddhist literature, the best known of which is the
Dhammapada. While the latter is associated with the Theravāda school, and is
preserved in Pāli, the Udānavarga is associated with the Sarvāstivāda school,
and has been preserved in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. It provides us with
an understanding of how Buddhism was being represented in its early transmission
to China. Charles Willemen’s heavily annotated translation of the
Chinese version of the Udānavarga originally appeared in 1978. In addition to
revising the text, he has updated the introduction to reflect the intervening
three and a half decades of scholarship on the Sarvāstivāda. This edition also
brings the translation together with the glossary, which had originally been
published separately.

Charles Willemen: Obtained his Ph.D. in Belgium in 1971. Studied in Japan under
H. Nakamura. Fullbright-Hayes Visiting Scholar at Harvard, East Asian Languages
and Civilisations. Taught at many universities, including Banaras Hindu
University, University of Calgary, Fudan University (Shanghai),
International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo). Presently
Rector of the International Buddhist College in Thailand, Nakhon Ratchasima.
Publications: The Essence of Scholasticism. Abhidharmahṛdaya; The Chinese
Hevajratantra; Defining The Image. Measurements in Image-making; Etc.

and

Fabio Rambelli, Zen Anarchism: The Egalitarian Dharma of Uchiyama Gudō

with an introduction by Sallie B. King

These essays from the fin de siècle Japanese Zen priest Uchiyama Gudō—
collected, translated and introduced here by Fabio Rambelli—provide us entry
into an aspect of Buddhist history that is otherwise little known, the relations
that can be constructed between the buddhadharma and radical political
critique and action. Uchiyama resisted the oppression and exploitation of his
own parishioners by the political powersthat eventually led Japan into
military adventurism and empire building.
The importance of these works, however, reaches beyond the history of
Buddhism in modern Japan to deepen our appreciation of the complexity of
the tradition as a source for resisting modernity’s seemingly ever more pervasive
forms of social control. For the adaptation of Buddhism to the present
day, Uchiyama’s vision of Buddhism as a social critique may serve to confront
the conformism, complacent self-satisfaction and narcissism of the consumerist
appropriation of Buddhism as yet another commodity in the religio-therapeutic
marketplace.

Fabio Rambelli obtained his Ph.D. in Italy in 1992. Studied in Japan under
Yamaguchi Masao. Presently professor of Japanese religions and intellectual
history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds the
International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies
Publications include: Buddhas and Kami in Japan (with Mark Teeuwen);
Vegetal Buddhas, Buddhist Materiality; Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia:
A History (with Eric Reinders); and A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics.
Currently working on representations of India in premodern Japan
and on the history of the development of Shinto as related to global intellectual
networks and their impact on Japanese culture.

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2 thoughts on “Two new titles in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies Series

    • Thank you for your interest in these volumes. They should be available from University of Hawai’i Press in the very near future. It may take a while for them to be listed, but please be patient. They need to finish up some work on their end, but I’m sure that they will take care of things soon.

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