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(p. ix) Contributors

(p. ix) Contributors

Michelle Barker is located at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. Her publications include Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change (with Cristina Rocha, 2011) and Developments in Australian Buddhism (2002).

Trine Brox is associate professor in Modern Tibetan Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She has published several articles about contemporary issues in Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora, and is currently leading an interdisciplinary research project “Buddhism, Business and Believers” funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities and the Carlsberg Foundation. This project studies the entanglements of Buddhism and economy, and Brox’s particular contribution, “Wealth and Virtue in Wuhou—Mediation in the Sino-Tibetan Contact Zone,” aims to understand how Buddhism mediates Tibetan-Han Chinese exchange relations in urban China.

Joseph Cheah is associate professor of Comparative Theology and chair of the department of Religious Studies and Theology at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. His academic area of specialization is Interdisciplinary Study, focusing on cultural and historical study of race and religions (namely, Theravada Buddhism and Roman Catholicism). He is the author of Race and Religion in American Buddhism (2011), and the co-author of Theological Reflections of Gangnam Style (2014).

Francisca Cho is associate professor of Buddhist Studies at Georgetown University. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School in the History of Religions. She is the author of Religion and Science in the Mirror of Buddhism (Routledge Press, 2015). Her other publications focus on Buddhism in aesthetic expression and her book Seeing Like the Buddha: Enlightenment through Film will be out with SUNY Press in March 2017.

Michel Clasquin-Johnson is professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Africa. He has edited Quagga Kultuur: Reflections on South African Popular Culture (2003) and Buddhism and Africa (1999, with J. S. Krüger) and has authored various journal articles on Buddhism and other religious traditions. At times during his career, he has been the sole Buddhological scholar on the entire continent of Africa, a situation that is happily no longer the case. He likes to think that he practices Buddhism as well as thinking about it. The entire Buddhist world disagrees, but is too polite to say so.

Lawrence Chua is assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. A historian of the modern built environment, his writing has appeared in the Journal of Urban History, Senses and Society, and Archi*pop: Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture (2015).

(p. x) Laurence Cox directs the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He is the author of Buddhism and Ireland: From the Celts to the Counterculture and Beyond (2013), and coeditor of A Buddhist Crossroads: Pioneer European Buddhists and Asian Networks 1860–1960 (2014), Ireland’s New Religious Movements (2011), and he has published various books in his main field of social movement research. With Brian Bocking and Alicia Turner, he is researching the life of the Irish hobo-turned-bhikkhu and anticolonial agitator, U Dhammaloka (1856–1913: see

Susan M. Darlington is professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of The Ordination of a Tree: The Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement (2012), as well as articles and book chapters on the relationship between Buddhism and the environment.

Mahinda Deegalle is NEH Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, New York, US, and Reader in the Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, Bath Spa University, UK. He is the author of Popularizing Buddhism: Preaching as Performance in Sri Lanka (2006), the editor of Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka (2006), Dharma to the UK (2008), Vesak, Peace and Harmony: Thinking of Buddhist Heritage (2015) and the coeditor of Pāli Buddhism (1996) and Ethnicity and Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia (2015). He has held the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies at McGill University and post-doctoral fellowships in Japan.

Niklas Foxeus is research fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of History of Religions, ERG, Stockholm University. He received his PhD from that department, with a dissertation entitled “The Buddhist World Emperor’s Mission: Millenarian Buddhism in Postcolonial Burma” (2011). His research mainly examines varieties of Burmese Buddhism in the modern era, including esoteric congregations, meditation, the encounter between Buddhism and capitalism, doctrinal Buddhism, and Buddhist nationalism.

David Geary is assistant professor of Anthropology in the Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). He has held research and teaching positions at IIAS (Leiden), the Antioch University Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India, and at the University of Oxford. His research interests include pilgrimage, tourism and diaspora, the spatial politics of UNESCO World Heritage, and the contemporary Buddhist revival movement in India. He is currently working on a book monograph on contemporary Bodh Gaya that will be published in 2017.

Barbara Gerke is a medical and social anthropologist and research associate in the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford. She currently holds a FWF-funded Lise-Meitner senior fellowship at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria (2015–2017). She is the author of Long Lives and Untimely Deaths: Life-span Concepts and Longevity Practices among Tibetans in the Darjeeling Hills, India (2012) and has edited a special issue of Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (vol. 8[1]‌, 2013) on mercury in Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine.

(p. xi) David B. Gray is associate professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. His research explores the development of tantric Buddhist traditions in South Asia, and their dissemination in Tibet and East Asia, with a focus on the Yoginītantras, a genre of Buddhist tantric literature that focused on female deities and yogic practices involving the subtle body. He is the author of The Cakrasamvara Tantra: A Study and Annotated Translation (2007) and The Cakrasamvara Tantra: Editions of the Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts (2012).

Paul D. Greene is associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine Campus. His research examines Buddhist musical cultures and on music and technology, in Nepal, Myanmar, and Cambodia. He is editor of two special journal issues on Buddhist musicology: Body and Ritual in Buddhist Musical Cultures (The World of Music 44[2]‌, 2002) and Mindfulness and Change in Buddhist Musical Traditions (Asian Music 35[2], 2004).

Gregory Price Grieve is professor and head of the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He researches at the intersection of Asian religions, communication, and the theories and methods for the study of religion. Author of two monographs and many edited volumes, as well as journal articles and book chapters, he is a leader in the field of digital religion, and a pioneer in the emerging field of religion and video games.

Hsiao-Lan Hu is associate professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Detroit Mercy. She is the author of This-Worldly Nibbāna: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community (2011), and has chapters in Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (2014); The Bloomsbury Research Handbook to Chinese Philosophy and Gender (2016); Teaching Buddhism (2016); Teaching Interreligious Encounters: Contemporary Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism; The World Book of Faith (Dutch version in 2015; English, French, and German versions to follow); Violence against Women in Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures (2007); and Considering Evil and Human Wickedness (2004).

Michael Jerryson is associate professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. His research interests pertain to religion and identity, particularly with regard to gender, race, and class. Publications include Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand (2011), Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha (2007), and he has coedited The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (2013) and Buddhist Warfare (2010). He coedits the Journal of Religion and Violence and serves as a senior editor of religion for the Handbook series of Oxford University Press.

Patrice Ladwig studied social anthropology and sociology, and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He worked at the University of Bristol, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and was visiting professor at the University of Zürich. He works on the anthropology of Theravada Buddhism, death and funeral cultures, religion and communist movements, and colonialism. He is editor (with Paul Williams) of Buddhist Funeral Cultures of Southeast Asia and China (2012) and currently is working on a book on Buddhist socialism, and a monograph entitled Revolutionaries and Reformers in Lao Buddhism.

(p. xii) Jovan Maud is lecturer at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. His dissertation, entitled “The Sacred Borderland,” focused on popular Buddhist saints, sacred sites, and religious tourism in the southern Thai borderland. He is managing editor of the Journal of Global Buddhism.

Nathan McGovern is visiting assistant professor in Religious Studies at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His work focuses on the intersection between Buddhism and Hinduism, and he has published several articles on the relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism in both Thailand and India.

Sraman Mukherjee is assistant professor in the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University (Rajgir, India). Graduating from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and the University of Calcutta, he has held research and teaching positions at IIAS (Leiden), KITLV (Leiden), University of Minnesota, and Presidency University (Kolkata). Sraman is trained as a historian of colonial and early postcolonial South Asia. His interests include disciplinary and institutional histories of archaeology and museums, modern biographies of sites, objects, and monuments. His current research looks at transnational geographies of heritage and circulation of Buddhist antiquities across South Asia, mainland Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Christine Murphy is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellow. She currently lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, investigating changing funerary traditions and religious modernity in Mongolian Buddhism.

Mark A. Nathan is assistant professor in the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his PhD from UCLA’s Asian Languages and Cultures Department, specializing in Buddhist Studies and Korean History, and an MA in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. His coedited volume, Buddhism and Law: An Introduction, was published in 2014, and he is currently at work on a manuscript about twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Korean Buddhism, tentatively titled From the Mountains to the Cities: Buddhist Propagation and the History of Modern Korean Buddhism.

John Nelson is professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco. He also directs the Asia Pacific Studies graduate program. As a cultural anthropologist, his research and publications explore the interaction between religion, society, and politics in contemporary East Asia. His most recent book, Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan (2013), was co-winner of the 2014 Numata Prize for “Outstanding Book in Buddhist Studies.” He has also produced the documentary film Spirits of the State: Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine and has coedited the Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (2012).

Jessica Lee Patterson is assistant professor of Art History at the University of San Diego. She recently published an article about the Buddha’s footprints entitled “Ostentation and Invisibility: The Phra Phutthabat and Royal Pilgrimage in Late Ayutthaya” in Artibus Asiae, and is working on a book about the incorporation of Chinese imagery into nineteenth-century Thai Buddhist art.

(p. xiii) Mario Poceski is professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions at the University of Florida. His numerous publication include Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (2007), Introducing Chinese Religions (2009), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism (2014, ed.), and The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (2015).

Elisabetta Porcu has a PhD in Religious Studies and teaches Asian religions at the University of Cape Town. Before moving to South Africa in 2014, she worked at universities in Japan, Germany, and Hawaii. In addition to several articles and book chapters, she is the author of Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture (2008), and “Pop Religion in Japan: Temples, Icons and Branding” (2014). She is currently writing her second monograph on Japanese religions and popular culture and is conducting research on the Gion Festival in Kyoto. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Religion in Japan.

Alyson Prude is assistant professor of Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University. She specializes in contemporary Himalayan Buddhism and is particularly interested in the interplay of Buddhist and indigenous traditions. Her most recent publication is “Women Returning from Death: The Gendered Nature of the Delog Role” (2016).

Samdrup Rigyal is the director of the Department of Planning and Resources at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan. Before joining the university, he taught at the College of Natural Resources and worked in various organizations in Bhutan and South Asia. He is a recipient of the award for loyalty and dedication to the nation from His Majesty the Fourth King, and royal civil service award from His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan.

Cristina Rocha is associate professor and Australia Research Council Future Fellow at the Western Sydney University, Australia. She co-edits the Journal of Global Buddhism and the Brill series Religion in the Americas. Her research areas are globalization, religion, and migration, with a particular interest in transnational connections between Australia, Brazil and Japan. Her publications include John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing (2017), The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with Manuel Vasquez, 2013), Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change (with Michelle Barker, 2010), and Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (2006).

Mark Rowe is associate professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University. He is the author of Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism (2011). He has recently co-edited a volume about contemporary Buddhists across Asia, titled Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia, with Justin McDaniel and Jeffrey Samuels. He is also the series editor of Contemporary Buddhism.

Jeffrey Samuels is professor of Religious Studies and coordinator of Asian studies at Western Kentucky University. He is author of Attracting the Heart: Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture (2010) as well as co-editor (with Anne Blackburn) of Approaching the Dhamma: Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and Southeast Asia. He has recently co-edited a volume (with Justin McDaniel and Mark Rowe) titled Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia.

Brooke Schedneck is lecturer in Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs at Chiangmai University, Thailand. She holds a PhD in Asian Religions from Arizona (p. xiv) State University. Her main scholarly interests include the intersection of Buddhism and modernity, as well as the emerging global Buddhist landscape. The title of her monograph through the Contemporary Asian Religions series is Thailand’s International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices. She has been published in Contemporary Buddhism, The Buddhist Studies Review, The Pacific World Journal, and The Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Rachelle M. Scott is associate professor and associate head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is the author of Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakāya Temple in Contemporary Thailand (2009) and several articles and chapters on contemporary Thai practice, including “Buddhism, Miraculous Powers, and Sacred Biographies: Re-thinking the Stories of Theravāda Nuns” (2012). She is currently working on her second book project, Gifts of Beauty and Blessings of Wealth: The New Prosperity Goddesses of Thailand.

Alexander Soucy is professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. He is the author of The Buddha Side: Gender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam (2012). He has also co-edited two volumes on Buddhism in Canada.

Sharon A. Suh is professor and chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. She is the author of Being Buddhist in a Christian World: Gender and Community at a Korean-American Temple (2004) and Silver Screen Buddha: Buddhism in Asian and Western Film (2015). She writes and teaches in the areas of Buddhism, gender, race, and culture.

Donald K. Swearer was the Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School from 2004 to 2010, where he was also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies. Prior to that he was the Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College. His recent monographs include Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand (2004), The Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends (2005), and The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, 2nd ed. (2009).

Ashley Thompson is Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a specialist of Cambodian cultural history. Her recent work included the linguistic and historical direction of a Cambodian production of Hélène Cixous’s The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (Théâtre du Soleil/Phare Ponleu Selpak). Engendering the Buddhist State: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor appeared in 2016 with Routledge (Critical Buddhist Studies).

Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean name—Pak Noja) was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and was educated at Moscow State University (PhD in ancient Korean history, 1996). He is a full professor at Oslo University. His main field is the history of ideas in early modern Korea, particularly Social Darwinist influences in the formative period of Korean nationalism in the 1880s–1910s. Another major area of his research is the history of Korean Buddhism in modern times, particularly in connection with nationalism and militarist violence. Recently, he co-edited (with Torkel Brekke) Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia (2012).

(p. xv) Daniel Veidlinger is a professor of Comparative Religion at California State University, Chico, with a focus on Asian religions and media studies. He is the author of Spreading the Dhamma: Writing, Orality and Textual Transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand (2006) and has recently co-edited a volume on Buddhism, the Internet, and digital media.

Vesna A. Wallace is professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Her two areas of specialization are Indian Buddhism, particularly Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna traditions, and Mongolian Buddhism. She has authored and translated four books related to Indian Buddhism, three of which pertain to the Kalacakra tantric tradition in India, and has published numerous articles on Indian and Mongolian Buddhism, and has edited the volume Buddhism in Mongolian Culture, History, and Society.

Matthew J. Walton is the Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism in Myanmar and Buddhist political philosophy.

Erick White is visiting fellow in the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. His research explores the cultural politics of spirit possession in Thailand, the subculture and religious careers of Bangkok professional spirit mediums, and the social and cultural dynamics underlying their distinctive claims to Buddhist charismatic authority and legitimacy. He completed his dissertation, “Possession, Professional Spirit Mediums, and the Religious Fields of Late Twentieth Century Thailand,” in 2014.

Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg is a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She is currently working on the research project “Buddhism, Business, and Believers” with a particular focus on spiritual tourism and the branding of Buddhism in Ladakh, India. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Aarhus University, where she wrote her PhD thesis, “Young Buddhism: Examining Ladakhi Buddhist Youth Engagements with Migration, Modernity and Morality in India,” which highlights the particularly prominent role that modern education and youth play in forwarding contemporary transformations of Buddhism.

Abraham Zablocki is associate professor of Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College. His research focuses on the transnational spread of Tibetan Buddhism and its impact on Tibetan refugees’ efforts to re-establish their religion in exile. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork among Tibetans in Nepal, India, Taiwan, the United States, and Tibet. He received his BA in anthropology from Amherst College and his MA and PhD in anthropology from Cornell University. He co-edited Trans-Buddhism: Transmission, Translation, Transformation (2009). His book Global Mandalas: The Transformation of Tibetan Buddhism in Exile is forthcoming.

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