An Interdisciplinary Journal

This journal has been conceived as an interdisciplinary forum for the analysis and critical evaluation of the contribution of Buddhism to the emergence of a global culture. It will promote enquiry into and critical reflection upon the historical, doctrinal and political developments formative of contemporary Buddhism; the recent appropriations of the Buddhist traditions in Asia and the West; the self-understanding of these traditions and their mutual relations; and the dialogue between Buddhism and other world spiritual traditions.

The editors particularly invite contributions from thinkers interested in the development of a contemporary intellectual Buddhist culture grounded in practice; from those concerned to assess or deploy Buddhist categories or perspectives within the broad range of the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, theology, psychology, politics, literary criticism, sociology and anthropology; and from scholars in the field of Buddhist Studies, especially those which deal with the historical development and formation of contemporary versions of Buddhism.

CONTEMPORARY BUDDHISM is not intended to reflect or represent any one particular school of Buddhism.

The Journal will appear twice a year in the first instance. The first issue is to be published in early 2000 by Curzon Press, 15 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, UK. (ISSN 1463 9147; 128PP; Annual Subscription: Individual 25 pounds sterling; Institutions 80 pounds sterling. Please send your order to Curzon Press at the above address, or tel 0181 948 4660; fax 0181 332 6735; email

The co-editors are Michael McGhee, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3BX, UK (, and John Peacocke, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol, 3, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB, UK.

The Reviews Editor is Dr Thupten Jinpa, Institute of Tibetan Classics, 304 Aberdare Road, Ville Mont-Royal, Montreal, (QC) H3P 3K3, Canada (

Editorial Board

Stephen Batchelor (Sharpham House), Stephen R L Clark (Liverpool), David Cooper (Durham), John Crook (Bristol), Peter Harvey (Sunderland), Richard Hayes (McGill), Jeffrey Hopkins (Virginia), Damien Keown (London), John Pickering (Warwick), Alan Sponberg (Montana), Timothy Sprigge (Edinburgh), Robert Thurman (Columbia), Paul Williams (Bristol).

Notes to Contributors

Please send one hard copy and one disc version of your typescript to Dr Michael McGhee, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 7, Abercromby Square, Liverpool. L69 3BX, UK. Please type on one side of the paper only, in double spacing and with generous margins. Each contribution should bear the name(s) of the author(s), the title, and institutional affiliation where this is appropriate.

All contributions should be in English, and quotations in other languages should be in roman transliteration, conforming where possible to those used by the United States Library of Congress. All pages of the typescript should be numbered and endnotes should be kept to a minimum. References should be indicated in the manuscript by citing the author's name together with the year of publication. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited, a, b, c etc., should be used after the year of publication. Bibliographical references should be listed in full at the end of paper in the following manner:

For books: Williams, Paul (1989) Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations, Routledge, London.

For Articles: Smith, Joel R (1996) Human Insufficiency in Shinran and Kierkegaard, Asian Philosophy , 6, pp 117 - 127

For Chapters within books: Wylie, Turrell V. (1981) Influence of the Bodhisattva Doctrine on Tibetan Political History, in Kawamura, Leslie S. (Ed) The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism , Wilfred Laurier University Press, Ontario.

Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.


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