Buddhism and Medicine

An Anthology

Edited by C. Pierce Salguero

Columbia University Press

Buddhism and Medicine

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Pub Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9780231179942

704 Pages

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Pub Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9780231544269

704 Pages

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Buddhism and Medicine

An Anthology

Edited by C. Pierce Salguero

Columbia University Press

From its earliest days, Buddhism has been closely intertwined with medicine. Buddhism and Medicine is a singular collection showcasing 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, 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 healing 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. Altogether, 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.

This is a most unusual project. It will be a unique and valuable resource, both for students of Buddhism and for students of the history of medicine. There has never been anything like it in any language.

Victor Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

This is simply a wonderful volume. The topic is important, the list of contributors impressive. The work is thoughtfully organized, yet the editor wisely chose not to impose too much artificial order on the lush diversity of rich and fascinating sources. This book provides an authoritative, accessible introduction to the many ways Buddhism since its origin has addressed sickness and healing of many kinds.

Rob Campany, Vanderbilt University

About the Author

C. Pierce Salguero is associate professor of Asian history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University's Abington College. He is the author of Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China (2014), Traditional Thai Medicine (2016), and numerous scholarly articles and popular works on Buddhism and traditional medicine in Asia.