Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese provides the best overview to date of the contemporary wave of Han Chinese engagement with Tibetan Buddhism. The book is clearly written and is easily accessible to an upper-level undergraduate audience.
The book is well structured and each chapter has a clear focus…. Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese is written in a highly accessible style and deserves to be read by anyone seriously interested in Buddhism in the contemporary world. Covering both urban and rural circumstances, the author provides a nuanced account of the adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism in Chinese cultural settings. It provides an insightful perspective into the everyday lives of Chinese practitioners living in various localities. It shows that superscription is embedded within the Chinese everyday lives and that it is experienced in various forms. The book will appeal to a wide audience of scholars and practitioners of Buddhism as well as of cross-cultural religious communication across the globe.
This volume is to be commended for how it successfully touches upon many topics within religious studies and offers fascinating insights. Unsurprisingly, this volume would prove invaluable to those interested in any manifestation of Buddhism in China and Tibetan Buddhism. However, by offering truly fascinating insights into the very nature of religion in China, this volume would also be of immense worth to those interested in Chinese popular religion and the broader field of religious deconstruction. Moreover, Esler’s rich ethnographic process would interest those interested in the ethnography of religion. Finally, much of this volume pertains to China’s political and cultural sphere of religion. This volume would, therefore, also be of worth to those interested in religion and politics.