The winner of the 2023 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is Professor John Kieschnick of Stanford University for his book, Buddhist Historiography in China (Columbia University Press, 2022). The Award is presented on an annual basis for an outstanding book in the area of Buddhist studies. The program is administered by the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, which appoints an external committee to select the winner.
Members of the committee had high praise for the book, describing it as a “masterful study of Chinese Buddhist historiography from the fifth to the twentieth century.” The judges praised Professor Kieschnick for his “clear, jargon-free prose that is accessible even to the nonspecialist,” and noted that the book “will have a profound impact on the field at large.”
The award ceremony was held on December 1, 2023 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. Following a keynote lecture by Professor Kieschnick, panel presentations were made by Professors Eric Geene (Yale University), Marta Sernesi (École Pratique des Hautes Études) and Stephen Teiser (Princeton University). Brian Nagata of BDK America presented the Award check of $10,000 to Professor Kieschnick.
Brian Nagata, BDK America; Professor John Kieschnick; Stanford University; Professor Robert Sharf, Chair, Numata Center for Buddhist Studies.