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Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

CJRC Book Launch Event

A book event for the new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, with remarks from co-author Dr. Robert Buswell (UCLA) to include Top Ten list of misconceptions about Buddhism.


The new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, by Robert Buswell (UCLA) and Donald Lopez (University of Michigan), in 1,304 pages, 1.2 million words (and 5.5 pounds), is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. Its more than 5,000 alphabetical entries explain the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; the dictionary also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newar, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. The entries take an encyclopedic approach to the religion, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance of the terms in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. At this book launch event, co-author Robert Buswell will be present to discuss new and emerging trends in Buddhist Studies that are covered the dictionary. He will also present a Top Ten list of misconceptions about Buddhism, and will examine how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.


Robert E. Buswell Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhism (MacMillan Reference, 2004) and the author of Cultivating Original Enlightenment (University of Hawaii Press, 2007) and The Zen Monastic Experience (Princeton, 1992), among many other books.