Scripture:Canon::Text:Context: Essays Honoring Lewis R. Lancaster
282pp. December 2014
Scripture:Canon::Text:Context: Essays Honoring Lewis R. Lancaster
Editor: Richard K. Payne;
Lewis Rosser Lancaster’s vision led to the establishment of the Group in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. The Group continues today as one of the most important programs for the academic study of Buddhism. Lancaster’s dissertation on the Chinese translations of the 8,000 Line Perfection of Wisdom sutra informed the program with a strong philological emphasis, and a focus on the detailed understanding the historical development of a text and the comparative study of different versions. His scholarly projects have included the creation of The Korean Buddhist Canon: A Descriptive Catalogue, which continues to serve as an important tool for research into the Buddhist canon. This work also relates to the contributions he made to Buddhist studies by bringing greater scholarly attention to Korean Buddhism. Much of his recent efforts have been devoted to integrating the power of data search procedures into the study of the history of the canon. These efforts include a challenge to traditional views of texts as self-contained autonomous entities with a clear and identifiable history. Instead texts emerge as events, that is, as nodes in networks, ones that have complex interconnections with one another.
Editor: Richard K. Payne;
Richard K. Payne is Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where his teaching focuses on methodology in the study of Buddhism, Buddhist psychology, and tantric Buddhism. As a member of the GTU’s Core Doctoral Faculty he directs dissertations in Buddhist studies and related topics. He edited Tantric Buddhism in East Asia (Wisdom, 2005), and the Japan section of Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia (E. J. Brill, 2011). Currently he also is the Editor in Chief of the Buddhism section of the Oxford Bibliographies, and Co-Editor in Chief of the Buddhism component of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion. He initiated and is Chair of the Editorial Committee for the Pure Land Buddhist Studies series, University of Hawai‘i Press, and is Chair of the Editorial Committee for Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies. His research on the homa continues, as does his work on a survey of tantric Buddhism.
Foreword by Richard K. Payne
The Mountain Spirit: Dōgen, Gary Snyder, and Critical Buddhismby 
Carl Bielefeldt
Sectarian Rationalization: Shūgaku in Tokugawa Japan
Ninchō, Gizan, and Monnō of the Jōdo-shū
by Mark L. Blum
Sugi’s Collation Notes to the Koryŏ Buddhist Canon and TheirSignificance for Buddhist Textual Criticism
by Robert E. Buswell, Jr.
Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature III: Seeking the Parametersof a Dhāraṇī-piṭaka, the Formation of the Dhāraṇīsaṃgrahas,and the Place of the Seven Buddhas
by Ronald M. Davidson
Affliction and Infestation in an Indian Buddhist Embryological
by Robert Kritzer
Alternative Configurations: Toward an Historiography of Practice
by Richard K. Payne
Assessing Shinran’s Shinjin from an Indian Mahāyāna BuddhistPerspective: With a Focus on Tathāgatagarbha Thought
by Kenneth K. Tanaka
On Justifying the Choice of Mahāyāna among Multiple Pathsin Buddhist Teachings: Based on the Prajnāpāramitā-sūtras
by Yao-ming Tsai