Berkeley, September 19, 2018 -- We have just learned from Robert H. Scharf, Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, that the 2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism goes to Professor Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University) for his book, A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor (Oxford University Press). The remainder of this article is adapted from Dr. Sharf's announcement as posted on various academic newsblogs..  

About the Award. The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The prize is provided by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, while the selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually under the auspices of the Center for Buddhist Studies.

Unanimous Decision. The three members of this year's committee were unanimous in their ranking and praise of A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor. One called it "one of the most stimulating and exciting books I have read in recent years." A second reviewer commented, "even though it deals with some difficult textual material, it does so in an impressively authoritative way, and it is beautifully written as well." The third reviewer wrote that it "convincingly demonstrated the importance of the notion of metaphor (and, more broadly, of ideas about signification and language in general) in Yogācāra philosophy." Each of the reviewers highlighted Tzohar's lucid handling of difficult materials, the originality of his analysis, and the book's potential impact on the field.

Award Ceremony to Come. Professor Tzohar will be presented with the Toshihide Numata Book Award on the afternoon of Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley (2140 Durant Avenue, at the southwest corner of the Berkeley campus). The award presentation, which will begin at 3 PM, will be followed by a keynote by the author and a symposium that will include talks by Professors Jonardon Ganeri (New York University), Cat Prueitt (George Mason University), and Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia).

Learn More. The Center for Buddhist Studies provides more information about the Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism, and its past recipients, here


Dr. Roy Tzohar is a tenured faculty in the East Asian Studies Department at Tel Aviv University and the recipient of the Marie Curie IRG fellowship of the EU.



Dr. Robert H Sharf is the D. H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley. 



The late Rev. Toshihide Numata, namesake of the Numata Prize, served as the Chairman of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai for many decades until his death in 2017 at the age of 84. Learn more about his legacy here.