Publications

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Books

  • 2017, Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources (New York: University of Columbia Press) [Amazon, publisher’s page]: Collection of 62 chapters by 57 contributors introducing translations of texts about Buddhism and medicine covering much of premodern Asia.
  • 2016, Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, Ayurveda, Revised edition (Bangkok: White Lotus Press) [Amazon]: Brief introduction to history and contemporary practice of traditional Thai medicine, with emphasis on cross-cultural influences and medical pluralism.
  • 2014, Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)  [Amazon, excerpt from publisher]: Significantly revised version of my PhD dissertation, focusing on the translations strategies/tactics utilized in the introduction and assimilation of Indian medicine in medieval China.

Selected scholarly articles

  • 2015, “Toward a Global History of Buddhism and Medicine,” Buddhist Studies Review 32.1: 35–61. [paywall link, or contact me for PDF]
  • 2015, “Reexamining the Categories and Canons of Chinese Buddhist Healing,” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 28: 35–66. [PDF]
  • 2014, “Buddhism & Medicine in East Asian History,” Religion Compass 8.8: 239–50. [paywall link, or contact me for PDF]
  • 2014, “Medicine,” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195393521-0140 [paywall link, or contact me for PDF] Last update: 2015.
  • 2013, “Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China,” Asian Philosophy 23.4: 341–9. [e-print, or contact me for PDF]
  • 2013, “‘On Eliminating Disease’: Translations of the Medical Chapter from the Chinese Versions of the Sutra of Golden Light,” eJournal of Indian Medicine 6 (1): 21–43. Revised version appears in Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources.
  • 2012, “‘Treating Illness’: Translation of a Chapter from a Medieval Chinese Buddhist Meditation Manual by Zhiyi (538–597),” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 7.2: 461–73. Revised version appears in Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources.
  • 2010–11, “Mixing Metaphors: Translating the Indian Medical Doctrine Tridoṣa in Chinese Buddhist Sources,” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 6.1: 55–74. [PDF]
  • 2010, “‘A Flock of Ghosts Bursting Forth and Scattering’: Healing Narratives in a Sixth-Century Chinese Buddhist Hagiography,” East Asian Science Technology & Medicine 32: 89–120. [PDF]
  • 2009, “The Buddhist Medicine King in Literary Context: Reconsidering an Early Medieval Example of Indian influence on Chinese Medicine and Surgery,” History of Religions 48.3: 183-210. [PDF].

Selected popular press publications

  • 2016, article simultaneously published in Penn Press Log and Penn Museum Blog [Penn Museum; Penn Press]
  • 2016, article in Tricycle Magazine [paywall link with preview]
  • 2006, The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press). [Amazon]
  • 2004, The Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press). [Amazon] — 2nd ed. co-authored with David Roylance, 2011. Republished in Thailand by Silkworm Press, 2005; Chinese translation by Beijing Sports University, 2008 (published under name 皮尔斯.赛尔盖罗); Czech translation by Poznání 2008; Portuguese translation by Madras Editora (Brazil), 2010; Estonian translation by Kirjastus; Spanish translation by Editorial Paidotribo (Badalona), 2015. Companion Thai Massage Workbook also available from Findhorn. [Amazon]
  • 2003, Thai Herbal Medicine: Recipes for Health and Harmony (Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press). [Amazon] — 2nd ed. coauthored with Nephyr Jacobsen & Tracy Wells, 2014. Republished in Thailand by Silkworm press, 2005.

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