Second issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism

Second issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism

We are pleased to announce the release of the second issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism, edited by Jinhua Chen, George Keyworth, and Steffen Döll.

The Journal of Chan Buddhism is a new peer-reviewed journal and the first of its kind in English to specifically present academic research about Chinese Chan, Korean Seon, Vietnamese Thìên, and Japanese Zen Buddhism.  The  is an interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary journal that accepts submissions from all academic disciplines related to the study of Chan/Sŏn/Zen Buddhism. These include, but are not limited to: the history of religions, literary studies, Dunhuang Chan studies, Tibetan and Tangut language Chan studies, doctrinal studies, art historical perspectives, institutional history, anthropological research, and comparative, philosophical studies.

The journal also offers book reviews and translations into English of innovative research articles by eminent scholars in East Asia. Chan Studies has separate area editors (e.g., Chan, Seon, Zen) to facilitate broad but still multifaceted coverage of Chinese Chan Studies, Korean Seon Studies, Vietnamese Thìên Studies, and Japanese Zen Studies. It is administered by the UBC-based FROGBEAR project and published by Brill.


The journal is currently seeking submissions for its next volume, and is particularly interested in highlighting research of female colleagues. Please visit this link to submit an article –

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Table of Contents

“When Mountains Can No Longer Be Seen”: A Critical History of Interpretations of an Ambiguous Shōbōgenzō Sentence
Author: Steven Heine
Pages: 1–38

Pei Xiu (791–864) and Lay Buddhism in Tang Chan
Author: Jiang Wu
Pages: 39–101

Laitan: The Making of a Chan Cave Temple Site in Sichuan
Author: Anglea F. Howard
Pages: 102–164

Zen Chanting and Jazz at a Public Arts Festival. A Case Study of Participant Observation in Innovating Sōtō Rituals
Author: Michaela Mross
Pages: 165–209

The Tangut Text of Suiyuan ji and the History of Chan Buddhism in Xixia
Authors: Kirill Solonin and Zhang Yongfu
Pages: 210–237

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