John Kieschnick | Publications

Contributions to edited works

“A History of the Bathhouse in Chinese Buddhist Monasteries,” in Religion and Society. Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Sinology, History Section (Taipei: Academia Sinica, Institute of History and Philology, 2013), pp.107-138.

“Buddhism: Biographies of Eminent Monks,” chapter in the Oxford History of Historical Writing, edited by Grant Hardy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.535-552.

“Guanyu fojiao Hanhua de xingsi” 關於佛教漢化的省思 (Reflections on the sinification of Buddhism), in Chinese, in Lin Fu-shih 林富士 ed., Zhongguo shi xinlun. Zongjiaoshi fence 中國史新論: 宗教史分冊 (Taipei: Lianjing, 2010), pp.259-274.

“Buddhist Monasticism” in John Lagerwey ed., Early Chinese Religion. Part Two (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp.545-574.

“Material Culture,” chapter in John Corrigan ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.223-237.

“Celibacy in East Asian Buddhism,” chapter in Carl Olson ed., Celibacy and Religious Traditions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.225-240.

“A History of Buddhist Vegetarianism in China,” chapter in Roel Sterckx ed. Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics and Religion in Traditional China (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2005), pp.186-212.

少 欲知足、一切皆空及莊嚴具足:中國佛教的物質觀 (Reduce desires, the emptiness of all things, and perfect adornment: attitudes toward the material world in Chinese Buddhism), in Chinese, in Hu Suxin 胡素馨ed., Siyuan caifu yu shinu gongyang 寺院財富與世俗供養 (Shanghai: Shanghai Shuhua Chubanshe, 2003), pp.35-47.


“The Role of Buddhism in the History of the Chinese Bridge,” in Economic History,Urban Culture and Material Culture. Papers from the Third International Conference on Sinology, History Section (Taipei: Academia Sinica, Institute of History and Philology, 2003), pp.1-25.

“Blood Writing in Chinese Buddhism,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol.23, no.2 (2000): 177-194.

“The Symbolism of the Monk’s Robe in China,” Asia Major, Third Series, vol.12, no.1 (2000): 9-32.

椅子與佛教流傳的關係  (Buddhism and the History of the Chair) in Chinese, The Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica vol.69, no.4, (1998): 727-761.

“Analects 12.1 and the Commentarial Tradition,” Journal of the American Oriental Society vol.112, no.4 (1992): 567-576.


Translation (from the Chinese) of Li Yuqun, “Buddhist Monasteries: Classification, Layout and Iconography” in John Lagerwey ed., Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp.575-738 (sic).

Translation (from the Chinese) of Hou Xudong “The Buddhist Pantheon in the Six Dynasties” in John Lagerwey ed., Early Chinese  Religion, Part Two: The Period of Division (220-589 AD) (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 1095-1168.

Translation (with Regina Llamas, from the French) of Marianne Bujard, “State and Local Cults in Han Religion,” in John Lagerwey and Marc Kalinowski ed. Early Chinese Religion, Part One: Shang through Han (1250 B.C. – 220 A.D. (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp.777-811.

“Lives of Eminent Monks and Nuns,” in Donald S. Lopez ed., Buddhist Scriptures (London: Penguin Books, 2004), pp.285-296.

Short works

Entries for “Biographies of Eminent Monks,” “Daoxuan,” “Monks,” and “Miracles” in Robert E. Buswell ed., The Encyclopedia of Buddhism (New York: Macmillan, 2004).

Entries for “Gaoseng zhuan,” “Biqiuni zhuan” and “Xu gaoseng zhuan” for the Six Dynasties Handbook, edited by Albert E. Dien. The entries includes studies of the textual history of each of these three works. Approximately six pages each.  Forthcoming, 2012.

Book reviews

Review of Jimmy Yu, Sanctity and Self-Inflicted Violence in Chinese Religions, 1500-1700, in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol.73, no.2 (2013): 378-382.

Review of Robert Ford Campany, Signs from the Unseen Realm. Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Modern China, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.76, no.1 (2013):161-63.

Review of Paul Katz, Divine Justice. Religion and the Development of Chinese Legal Culture, in Ecclesiastical Law Journal, vol.13, (2011): 114-16.

Review of Christine Mollier, Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face. Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China, in Études Chinoises, vol.28 (2009).

Review of T.H. Barrett, The Woman Who Discovered Printing, in Journal of Chinese Religions, vol.36 (2009): 119-121.

Review of Fabio Rambelli, Buddhist Materiality. A Cultural History of Objects in Japanese Buddhism, in History of Religions, vol.49, no.2, (2009): 211-214.

Review of Stephen F. Teiser, Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples, in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol.69, no.1 (2009): 234-39.

Review of Imre Hamar ed., Reflecting Mirrors. Perspectives on Huayan Buddhism, in Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, vol.62, no.1 (2009): 119-121.

Review of Morten Schlütter, How Zen Became Zen. The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China, in Song-Yuan Studies, vol.40, (2009): 150-54.

Review of Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright eds, Zen Classics. Formative  Texts  in the History of Zen Buddhism, in Buddhist Studies Review, vol.24, no.2, (2007): 256-257.

Review of Amy McNair, Donors of Longmen, in Buddhist Studies Review, vol.24, no.2 (2007): 247-250.

Review of John Jorgensen, Inventing Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch. Hagiography and Biography in Early Ch’an, in T’oung Pao, vol.93, (2007): 214-17.

Review of  Xue Yu, Buddhism, War, and Nationalism. Chinese Monks in the Struggle against Japanese Aggressions, 1931-1945, in Buddhist Studies Review, vol.22, no.2, (2006): 208-210.

Review of John Strong, Relics of the Buddha, in The Historian, vol.67, no.4, (2005): 782-783.

Review of Dorothy Wong, Chinese Steles. Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of a Symbolic Form in Journal of Chinese Religions, vol.33, (2005): 223-224.

Review of Chen Jinhua, Monks and Monarchs, Kinship and Kingship in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.67, no.1, (2004): 109-112.

Review of Stanley K. Abe, Ordinary Images Journal of Chinese Religions, vol.31, (2003): 185-186.

Review of Marsha Weidner ed., Cultural Intersections in Later Chinese Buddhism, Journal of Chinese Religions, vol.31, (2003): 305-308.

Review of Chun-fang Yü, Kuan-yin. The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol.62, no.1, (2002): 205-210.

Review of Jeffrey Broughton, The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen in Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol.121, no.2, (2001): 152-153.

Review of Hao Chunwen 郝春文, Tang houqi Songchu Dunhuang sengni de shehui shenghuo 唐後期宋初敦煌僧尼的社會生活 in Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol.120, no.3, (2000): 477-78.

Review of Peter Burke, The Art of Conversation, in Chinese, in Xin shi xue 新史學, vol.11, no.1, (2000): 209-213.

Review of Jacques Gernet, Buddhism in Chinese Society, in China Review International, vol.3, no.2, (1996): 418-422.

Review of Kathryn Ann Tsai, Lives of the Nuns: Biographies of Chinese Buddhist Nuns from the Fourth to Sixth Centuries, in China Review International, vol.1, no.2, (1994): 273-275.