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The committee will announce the next submission period for books to be considered for the 2020 award soon. Please stay tuned.


Please note that nominations are open each year and typically close in April. For further information, please view UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies website here. Specific details on 2020 nominations are expected to be available early in that year.

Recent Winners

Paul Swanson Clear Sernity, Quiet Insight
  2018 Roy Tzoharfor A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor
  2017 Jacqueline I. Stone, Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan
  2016 Janet Gyatso, Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet
  2015 Lothar Ledderose and Sun Hua, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1

More information about these and other titles can be found at UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies website.