Special Issue "Buddhist Medicine in India, Tibet, and Mongolia"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019)
Prof. Dr. Vesna Wallace
Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Interests: philological and textual study, and philosophical, historical, critical, and comparative analyses of the Buddhist traditions of South Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia: Mahāyana and Vajrayāna forms of Buddhism, manuscript studies, etc.
This issue of the Religions journal focuses on various aspects of Buddhist medical knowledge, its socio-historical contexts, and its practical applications in South Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia. The issue explores the ancient and contemporary Buddhist medicine and takes on an eclectic approach: historical, textual, ethnographic, and anthropological.
Although Buddhist medical traditions of South Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia show certain similarities in their fundamental theoretical principle, different geographical, climatic, cultural, and social, political. and historical conditions in which the Buddhist medicine has developed and continues to be practiced in these regions have shaped medical knowledge and practices of South Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia. Several excellent books on classical and contemporary Tibetan, Buddhist medicine have recently come to light, but a great amount of sources still remains unexplored. Similarly, there is a dearth of sources on South Asian Buddhist medicine and virtually nothing on Mongolian medicine or on the interaction and mutual influences of these medical traditions.
This issue of the journal Religions complements the existing publications on Buddhist medicine in the mentioned regions and brings new, original research in the areas that have been so far ignored. The issues draws on the range of scholarly methods, as contributors come from different disciplinary areas and take on diverse approaches—historical, sociological, doctrinal, philological, anthropological, and so on.
Prof. Dr. Vesna Wallace
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