[KS] Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism and Korean Buddhism: publication announcement

Buswell, Robert buswell at humnet.ucla.edu
Sun Nov 3 11:27:45 EST 2013

Colleagues: My collaborator, Don Lopez (University of Michigan), and I are pleased to announce the release of our new 1,300-page reference work, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. I am especially pleased to let my Koreanist colleagues know that the Dictionary includes some of the most extensive coverage of Korean Buddhism to be found in any published reference in English. Although we title the reference a dictionary, its coverage is encyclopedic in scope, and includes extended entries on hundreds of Korean Buddhist doctrinal terms, texts, monks and nuns, monasteries, and mountain sites. In compiling the dictionary, I made every effort to ensure that its coverage of Korean Buddhism would be on a par with that of the Chinese or Japanese traditions. Please see PUP’s announcement below for a brief blurb and publication information. The book will be available from Amazon.com and other sources starting November 4, 2013.  Sample entries from the Dictionary may be viewed on the Amazon.com website. Please feel free to distribute this announcement widely to other listservs.

Thanks for your attention,
Robert Buswell
Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA

Over a decade in the making, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Cloth $65.00, ISBN: 9780691157863) is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. The Buddhist scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. have created a milestone dictionary that explains the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pāli, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This important new reference also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newari, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese.

More than 5,000 alphabetical entries—totaling 1.2 million words—take an encyclopedic approach, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. The book also includes a chronicle of Asian historical periods (empires, dynasties, and kingdoms) and a timeline of Buddhism from the sixth century BCE to the 20th century.  Eight maps show both the Buddhist cosmological realms as well as many regions of Asia, marking the major cities, important monasteries, sacred places, and pilgrimage routes spanning geographical sites in India, China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet.

The List of Lists—an appendix of some of the most important numerical lists used in Buddhism, from the one vehicle to the one hundred dharmas of the Yogācāra School—includes such items as the three jewels, four noble truths, six destinies of rebirth, ten realms of reality, and thirty-two marks of a great man.

Extensive cross-references guide readers to related entries throughout the dictionary and across all of the canonical languages, traditions, and schools. There are also a series of appendixes to cross-references in the six canonical languages we cover, plus a Tibetan phonetic appendix.

THE PRINCETON DICTIONARY OF BUDDHISM is an indispensable source for a new generation of students, scholars, practicing Buddhists, and anyone with a serious interest in Buddhism’s long history and vast geographic and intellectual scope.


"This is without a doubt the most comprehensive, authoritative, and useful dictionary of Buddhism that there is. In reading it, I learned more about my field, in a serendipitous way, than I have from any other single book."
—John S. Strong, Bates College

"This will become the new standard reference in the field. Every scholar and graduate student in Buddhist studies will want a copy, as will every college instructor assigned to teach an introduction to Buddhism course. I wish I had had a work like this when I first began teaching. This is a truly monumental contribution to the field."

—Lori Meeks, University of Southern California

About the Authors:

Robert E. Buswell Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhism and the author of The Zen Monastic Experience (Princeton), among many other books. Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography and the editor of Buddhism in Practice (both Princeton), among many other books.

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