Monday, July 2, 2012

Buddhist Hell Now Published

We’re pleased to announce that Eileen Gardiner’s next volume in her Hell-on-Line series, Buddhist Hell, has now been published.

There is a long tradition of Buddhist descriptions of hell, from the second century BCE until the twentieth century, stretching from Iran and India to China and Japan. These descriptions initially relied heavily on Hindu texts but developed their own distinctive features as elements from various cultural traditions were incorporated and as individuals sought to avoid hell by making additions to the text and then distributing copies freely as pious acts.

This anthology includes twenty-two texts, a preface, introduction, glossary, notes and bibliography to provide a comprehensive overview of the nature of Buddhist hell.