Archives for category: 2016

51VoQDZYgLL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Francis, Emmanuel and Schmid, Charlotte (eds.). The Archaeology of Bhakti. Vol 1. Mathurā and Maturai, Back and Forth. Vol. 2. Royal bhakti, local bhakti. Pondichéry: Institut Français De Pondichéry, 2014-2016 (366, 618 pages, ISBN: 978-2-85539-139-7, 978-2-85539-221-9)

Publisher description Vol.1 | Vol.2

“This volume – the outcome of a workshop-cum-conference that took place from 1st to 12th August 2011 in the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, – is an invitation to practise the “archaeology of Bhakti” with the help of both textual and non-textual sources.

Bhakti, broadly defined as an attitude, a strategy or a style of devotion—one that may be intellectual, emotional or rooted in acts of worship—towards God or the Divine, manifests itself through the personal voices of devotees as well as through the collective effort that constitutes the building of a temple. The ‘archaeology of Bhakti’ aims at correlating different realms of representation, such as texts and images, in order to illuminate the elusive, pan-Indian phenomenon of Bhakti. The focus is on sources, agencies and layers. Read the rest of this entry »

41mcwktxkyl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Lopez, Alan Robert. Buddhist Revivalist Movements: Comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (240 p., ISBN 978-1-137-54349-3)

Publisher description (PalgraveSpringer) | Toc | Book preview

“This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.”

Holdings: UBW, Worldcat


In cases you missed it on the Free Content page, I did recently publish another list of new releases for last year. This  makes it the third consecutive year in which I have provided this service – free of charge, baby!  🙂

(Please see below for an introduction to the 2016 collection and download links to all the lists of 2014 to 2016)


[From ‘Introduction,’ p. 3:] “On the following 27 pages, you will find a selection of 63 monographs published this year [2016] on various topics pertaining to the contemporary study and practice of religious, spiritual and contemplative traditions in their diverse cultural, historical and contemporary settings. The majority of these are academic studies which cover a whole range of disciplines from the humanities and science, however a number of contemporary contemplative writings and some practical literature on mindfulness is also included.

The monographs are grouped according to their respective disciplines or subjects and entries feature core bibliographic information as well as the publisher link, followed by a short descriptive text freely taken from the publisher.

As usual, the list is exhaustive neither in content nor format – many more books could easily have been added and the selection is currently restricted to monographs and thus does not cover other available formats of published academic information such as periodical articles and thesis or dissertations. Please note that I cannot guarantee complete accuracy of the bibliographic information provided.

If you would like to share this document, you are welcome to do so freely by sharing this link. And if you find it fun or helpful, then you will also want to have a look at the collections I put together for the years 2014 and 2015.”