New publication by member, Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources

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Dear colleagues, 

With apologies for cross-posting, I wanted to let you know about a recently-published collaboration that includes several members of this list. This is a 730-page anthology (in all 62 chapters by 57 contributors) that introduces translations of texts about Buddhism and medicine covering much of premodern Asia:

 

C. Pierce Salguero (ed.), Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).

$150.00 / £124.95 cloth · 978-0-231-17994-2 
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Description from the jacket: "From its earliest days, Buddhism has been closely intertwined with medicine. Buddhism and Medicine is a singular collection showcas- ing the generative relationship and mutual influence between these fields across premodern Asia. The anthology combines dozens of English-language translations of premodern Buddhist texts with contextualizing introductions by leading international scholars in Buddhist studies, the history of medicine, and a range of other fields. These sources explore in detail medical topics ranging from the development of fetal anatomy in the womb to nursing, hospice, dietary regimen, magical powers, visualization, and other heal- ing knowledge. Works translated here include meditation guides, popular narratives, ritual manuals, spells texts, monastic disciplinary codes, recipe inscriptions, philosophical treatises, poetry, works by physicians, and other genres. All together, these selections and their introductions provide a comprehensive overview of Buddhist healing throughout Asia. They also demonstrate the central place of healing in Buddhist practice and in the daily life of the premodern world."

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii

Abbreviations xix

 

Introduction xxi

 

Doctrinal Considerations 1

 

1. Illness, Cure, and Care: Selections from the Pāli Canon

Dhivan Thomas Jones

3

 

2. The Healing Potential of the Awakening Factors in Early Buddhist Discourse

Anālayo

12

 

3. Curing/Curating Illness:

Selections from the Chapter on the “Sufferings of Illness” from
A Grove of Pearls from the Garden of Dharma

Alexander O. Hsu

20

 

4. Understanding the Doṣa:

A Summary of the Art of Medicine from the Sūtra of Golden Light

C. Pierce Salguero

30

 

5. Fetal Suffering in the Descent Into the Womb Sūtra

Amy Paris Langenberg

41

 

6. Health and Sickness of Body and Mind: Selections from the Yogācāra-bhūmi

Dan Lusthaus

49

 

7. Overcoming Illness with Insight:

Kokan Shiren’s Treatise on the Nature of Illness and Its Manifestations

Edward R. Drott

61

 

8. Karma in the Bathhouse:
The Sūtra on Bathing the Sangha in the Bathhouse

C. Pierce Salguero

84

 

9. Liberating the Whole World:

Sudhana’s Meeting with Samantanetra from the Sūtra of the Entry Into the Realm of Reality

William J. Giddings

92

 

Healing and Monastic Discipline 103

 

10. Medical Practice as Wrong Livelihood:

Selections from the Pāli Discourses, Vinaya, and Commentaries

David Fiordalis

105

 

11. Nuns, Laywomen, and Healing:

Three Rules from a Sanskrit Nuns’ Disciplinary Code

Amy Paris Langenberg

113

 

12. Stories of Healing from the Section on Medicines in the Pāli Vinaya 

David Fiordalis

118

 

13. Rules on Medicines from the Five-Part Vinaya of the Mahīśāsaka School

C. Pierce Salguero

125

 

14. Food and Medicine in the Chinese Vinayas:

Daoxuan’s Emended Commentary on Monastic Practices from the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya

J. E. E. Pettit

130

 

15. Toilet Care in Buddhist Monasteries: Health, Decency, and Ritual

Ann Heirman and Mathieu Torck

137

 

16. Health Care in Indian Monasteries: 

Selections from Yijing’s Record of the Inner Law

Sent Home from the Southern Seas 

Christoph Kleine

145

 

Buddhist Healers 161

 

17. Two Sūtras on Healing and Healers from the Chinese Canon

Marcus Bingenheimer

163

 

18. The Buddha Heals: Past and Present Lives

Phyllis Granoff

170

 

19. The Buddha’s Past Life as a Snakebite Doctor: The Visa-vanta Jātaka

Michael Slouber

180

 

20. The Training and Treatments of an Indian Doctor in a Buddhist Text: 

A Sanskrit Biography of Jīvaka

Gregory Schopen

184

 

21. A Selection of Buddhist Healing Narratives from East Asia

C. Pierce Salguero

205

 

22. The Buddha and the Bath Water:

How the Bodhisattva Gyōki Founded Koya Temple

D. Max Moerman

219

 

23. Esoteric Ritual Remedies: Kūkai’s Cures for Emperor Kōnin

Pamela D. Winfield

222

 

24. “The Grief of Kings Is the Suffering of Their Subjects”: 

A Cambodian King’s Twelfth-Century Network of Hospitals

Peter D. Sharrock and Claude Jacques

226

 

Healing Rites 233

 

25. Help for the Sick, the Dying, and the Misbegotten: 

A Sanskrit Version of the Sūtra of Bhaiṣajyaguru

Gregory Schopen

235

 

26. The Sūtra on the Dhāraṇī of the Vast, Complete,

and Unobstructed Great Compassion of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara 

with a Thousand Hands and a Thousand Eyes

William J. Giddings

252

 

27. Tantric Medicine in a Buddhist Proto-Tantra

Michael Slouber

286

 

28. Healing Dhāraṇīs:

A Collection of Medieval Spells from the Taishō Tripiṭaka

C. Pierce Salguero

292

 

29. Seals of the Bodhisattva:

A Buddhist Talismanic Seal Manual from Dunhuang

Paul Copp

304

 

30. “The Ritual Altar of Kuṇḍalī Vajra for Treating Illnesses” from the 

Collected Dhāraṇī Sūtras

Joshua Capitanio

314

 

31. Curing with Karma and Confession: Two Short Liturgies from Dunhuang

Stephen F. Teiser

322

 

32. Childbirth in Early Medieval Japan:

Ritual Economies and Medical Emergencies in 

Procedures During the Day of the Royal Consort’s Labor

Anna Andreeva

336

 

33. The Ox-Bezoar Empowerment for Fertility and Safe Childbirth: 

Selected Readings from the Shingon Ritual Collections

Benedetta Lomi

351

 

34. The Verses on the Victor’s Armor:

A Pāli Text Used for Protection and Healing in Thailand

Justin Thomas McDaniel

358

 

35. Selections from a Mongolian Manual of Buddhist Medicine

Vesna A. Wallace

363

 

Meditation as Cure and Illness 371

 

36. Healing Sicknesses Caused by Meditation:

“The Enveloping Butter Contemplation” from the 

Secret Essential Methods for Curing Meditation Sickness

Eric M. Greene

373

 

37. Healing with Meditation:

“Treating Illness” from Zhiyi’s Shorter Treatise on Śamatha and Vipaśyanā

C. Pierce Salguero

382

 

38. Getting Sick Over Nothing:

Hyesim and Hakuin on the Maladies of Meditation

Juhn Ahn

390

 

39. Buddhist Method as Medicine:

The Chan Materia Medica and Its Ming Dynasty Elaboration 

Robban Toleno

398

 

40. Tantric Meditations to Increase the Forces of Life:

Making Manifest the Three Deities of Longevity 

Matthew T. Kapstein

405

 

41. Rangjung Dorjé’s Key to the Essential Points of Wind and Mind 

Douglas Duckworth

413

 

42. Treating Disorders of the Subtle Winds in Tibetan Buddhism

Todd P. Marek and Charles Jamyang Oliphant of Rossie

418

 

43. How to Deal with Wind Illnesses:

Two Short Meditation Texts from Buddhist Southeast Asia

Andrew Skilton and Phibul Choompolpaisal

425

 

Hybridity in Buddhist Healing 431

 

44. Correlative Cosmology, Moral Rectitude, and Buddhist Notions of Health:

Selections from the Sūtra of Trapuṣa and Bhallika 

Ori Tavor

433

 

45. Apotropaic Substances as Medicine in Buddhist Healing Methods:

Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Five Sciences 

Dominic Steavu

441

 

46. Dung, Hair, and Mungbeans: Household Remedies in the Longmen Recipes

Michael Stanley-Baker and Dolly Yang

454

 

47. “The Mysterious Names on the Hands and Fingers”: 

Healing Hand Mnemonics in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Marta E. Hanson

478

 

48. Selections on Illness Divination from Bodhidharma’s Treasure of the Palm 

Stéphanie Homola

486

 

49. Buddhist Health, Diet, and Sex Advice from Ancient Korea

Don Baker and Hyunsook Lee

494

 

50. Vessel Examination in the Medicine of the Moon King 

William A. McGrath

501

 

51. Moxibustion for Demons: Oral Transmission on Corpse-Vector Disease 

Andrew Macomber

514

 

Buddhism and the Medical Traditions 531

 

52. “Indian Massage” from Sun Simiao’s

Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold 

Michael Stanley-Baker

533

 

53. Sun Simiao on Medical Ethics:

“The Perfect Integrity of the Great Physician” from Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold Nathan Sivin

538

 

54. Using the Golden Needle:

Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva’s Ophthalmological Treatise and 

Other Sources in the Essentials of Medical Treatment

Katja Triplett

543

 

55. Buddhism in Chosǒn Dynasty Medical Compilations

Taehyung Lee and Kang Yeonseok

549

 

56. Determining Karmic Illness:

Kajiwara Shōzen’s Treatment of Rai/Leprosy in Book of the Simple Physician 

Andrew Edmund Goble

553

 

57. Selections from Miraculous Drugs of the South,

by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk-Physician Tuệ Tĩnh

C. Michele Thompson

561

 

58. The Đồng Nhân Pagoda and the Publication of Mister Lazy’s Medical Encyclopedia

Leslie E. de Vries

569

 

59. An Abhidhamma Perspective:

Causes of Illness in a Burmese Buddhist Medical System

Pyi Phyo Kyaw

575

 

60. Jewels in Medicines:

On the Processing and Efficacy of Precious Pills According to the Four Treatises

Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger

583

 

61. The Final Doubt and the Entrustment of Tibetan Medical Knowledge

Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger

593

 

62. Did the Buddha Really Author the Classic Tibetan Medical Text? 

A Critical Examination from The Lamp to Dispel Darkness

Janet Gyatso

602

 

Appendix: Geographical Table of Contents 609

Glossary 615

References 629

List of Contributors 667

Index