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 
$149.99 / £124.95 ebook · 978-0-231-54426-9
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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



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




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



4. Understanding the Doṣa:

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

C. Pierce Salguero



5. Fetal Suffering in the Descent Into the Womb Sūtra

Amy Paris Langenberg



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

Dan Lusthaus



7. Overcoming Illness with Insight:

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

Edward R. Drott



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

C. Pierce Salguero



9. Liberating the Whole World:

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

William J. Giddings



Healing and Monastic Discipline 103


10. Medical Practice as Wrong Livelihood:

Selections from the Pāli Discourses, Vinaya, and Commentaries

David Fiordalis



11. Nuns, Laywomen, and Healing:

Three Rules from a Sanskrit Nuns’ Disciplinary Code

Amy Paris Langenberg



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

David Fiordalis



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

C. Pierce Salguero



14. Food and Medicine in the Chinese Vinayas:

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

J. E. E. Pettit



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

Ann Heirman and Mathieu Torck



16. Health Care in Indian Monasteries: 

Selections from Yijing’s Record of the Inner Law

Sent Home from the Southern Seas 

Christoph Kleine



Buddhist Healers 161


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

Marcus Bingenheimer



18. The Buddha Heals: Past and Present Lives

Phyllis Granoff



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

Michael Slouber



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

A Sanskrit Biography of Jīvaka

Gregory Schopen



21. A Selection of Buddhist Healing Narratives from East Asia

C. Pierce Salguero



22. The Buddha and the Bath Water:

How the Bodhisattva Gyōki Founded Koya Temple

D. Max Moerman



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

Pamela D. Winfield



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



Healing Rites 233


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

A Sanskrit Version of the Sūtra of Bhaiṣajyaguru

Gregory Schopen



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



27. Tantric Medicine in a Buddhist Proto-Tantra

Michael Slouber



28. Healing Dhāraṇīs:

A Collection of Medieval Spells from the Taishō Tripiṭaka

C. Pierce Salguero



29. Seals of the Bodhisattva:

A Buddhist Talismanic Seal Manual from Dunhuang

Paul Copp



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

Collected Dhāraṇī Sūtras

Joshua Capitanio



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

Stephen F. Teiser



32. Childbirth in Early Medieval Japan:

Ritual Economies and Medical Emergencies in 

Procedures During the Day of the Royal Consort’s Labor

Anna Andreeva



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

Selected Readings from the Shingon Ritual Collections

Benedetta Lomi



34. The Verses on the Victor’s Armor:

A Pāli Text Used for Protection and Healing in Thailand

Justin Thomas McDaniel



35. Selections from a Mongolian Manual of Buddhist Medicine

Vesna A. Wallace



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



37. Healing with Meditation:

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

C. Pierce Salguero



38. Getting Sick Over Nothing:

Hyesim and Hakuin on the Maladies of Meditation

Juhn Ahn



39. Buddhist Method as Medicine:

The Chan Materia Medica and Its Ming Dynasty Elaboration 

Robban Toleno



40. Tantric Meditations to Increase the Forces of Life:

Making Manifest the Three Deities of Longevity 

Matthew T. Kapstein



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

Douglas Duckworth



42. Treating Disorders of the Subtle Winds in Tibetan Buddhism

Todd P. Marek and Charles Jamyang Oliphant of Rossie



43. How to Deal with Wind Illnesses:

Two Short Meditation Texts from Buddhist Southeast Asia

Andrew Skilton and Phibul Choompolpaisal



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



45. Apotropaic Substances as Medicine in Buddhist Healing Methods:

Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Five Sciences 

Dominic Steavu



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

Michael Stanley-Baker and Dolly Yang



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

Healing Hand Mnemonics in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Marta E. Hanson



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

Stéphanie Homola



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

Don Baker and Hyunsook Lee



50. Vessel Examination in the Medicine of the Moon King 

William A. McGrath



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

Andrew Macomber



Buddhism and the Medical Traditions 531


52. “Indian Massage” from Sun Simiao’s

Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold 

Michael Stanley-Baker



53. Sun Simiao on Medical Ethics:

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



54. Using the Golden Needle:

Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva’s Ophthalmological Treatise and 

Other Sources in the Essentials of Medical Treatment

Katja Triplett



55. Buddhism in Chosǒn Dynasty Medical Compilations

Taehyung Lee and Kang Yeonseok



56. Determining Karmic Illness:

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

Andrew Edmund Goble



57. Selections from Miraculous Drugs of the South,

by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk-Physician Tuệ Tĩnh

C. Michele Thompson



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

Leslie E. de Vries



59. An Abhidhamma Perspective:

Causes of Illness in a Burmese Buddhist Medical System

Pyi Phyo Kyaw



60. Jewels in Medicines:

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

Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger



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

Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger



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

A Critical Examination from The Lamp to Dispel Darkness

Janet Gyatso



Appendix: Geographical Table of Contents 609

Glossary 615

References 629

List of Contributors 667