We are happy to announce that Paul L. Swanson's book Clear Serenity,

Quiet Insight: T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Mo-ho chih-kuan (University of Hawaii

Press, 3 volumes, 2018) has been selected as the winner of the 2019

Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism, awarded on an annual

basis to an outstanding book in any area of Buddhist studies.

For details see


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New Publication:​

We are pleased to announce the first publication produced as part of Kukechu Translation Projects: In Search of Clarity: Essays on Translation and Tiantai Buddhism, now available in paperback, Kindle, and as an Apple iBook:

In Search of Clarity is a collection of essays, written over a period of more than thirty years, on the Chinese Buddhism of Tiantai Zhiyi and the challenge of translating Chinese Buddhist texts into English. It is meant as a supplementary collection to the author’s recent publication Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight (2018), a 3-volume annotated translation and study of the Mohe zhiguan, one of the most influential texts of Chinese Buddhism. This text, and the teachings and practices expounded therein, were of crucial importance for the later development of Buddhist traditions such as that of Chan/Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren Buddhism. The collection also contains essays on the art of translation, a Buddhist take on consciousness and free will, and speculations on the wall-contemplation of Bodhidharma.

© Chisokudo Publications 2018 | Also available as an Apple iBook and as a Kindle eBook

A formerly unpublished essay on "Bodhidharma, Wall Contemplation, and Mixed Binomes" included in this collection can be read here.

Former Publications:

Books on Tiantai/Tendai Buddhism:

List of essays on T'ien-t'ai/Tiantai/Tendai Buddhism:

Index and Glossary of T'ien-t'ai/Tendai terms:

Other publications:

In Search of Clarity Cover (15 Oct 2018)