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The Western Buddhist Review relaunches itself

On Thu, 16 August, 2012 - 12:21
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Dhivan writes from Cambridge, UK with new of the online relaunch of Triratna’s scholarly journal the Western Buddhist Review. You’re invited to subscribe of course! He says - “WBR is the free, on-line, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the Triratna Buddhist Order and community, providing a forum for longer articles exploring all aspects of the theory and practice of Buddhism, and especially those exploring the translation of traditional Buddhist concerns into the language and outlook of modern western Buddhism.

The Western Buddhist Review has quite a long history. Issue 1 was published in 1994, edited by Kamalashila, while he was still living at Vajrakuta in North Wales, at that time the study centre of the FWBO. Issue 2 was published in 1997, and Issue 3 in 2001. All three were published in paperback format, with handsome designs by Dhammarati. Issue 3 was also published on-line, and Issues 4 (2004) and 5 (2010), edited by Nagapriya and Jñanaketu respectively, have been available on-line. Each of the issues of WBR have included high quality articles and book reviews, concerned with the study and practice of Buddhism in the west, and especially in the context of the FWBO, now the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Most recently we have re-homed onto, and are using this as an opportunity to re-launch the Western Buddhist Review with the possibility of a more lively and interactive format. We plan to publish peer-reviewed articles collected into occasional volumes, with book reviews and other forms of writing as often as possible”.

As a sample of what’s on offer, here’s links to some of the book reviews contained in Volume 5:

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Williams et al, reviewed by Paramabandhu
Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution by David Loy, reviewed by Nagapriya
The Voice of Hope: Aung San Suu Kyi, reviewed by Munisha
Buddhism and Science: a Guide for the Perplexed by Donald S Lopez, reviewed by Ratnaprabha
What the Buddha Thought by Richard Gombrich, reviewed by Dhīvan

Find these and more on the Western Buddhist Review page on
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