Moraga, CA - Sept. 21 2016.  We are sharing the below press release from the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley regarding the 2016 Toshihide Numata award. The award, sponsored by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai and adminstered by the Center, is presented each year to an outstanding book in any area of Buddhist studies.

Berkeley, CA - Sept. 19, 2016. The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Toshihide Numata Book Award is Janet Gyatso for her book Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2015).

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 selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. The members of this year's committee were uniformly effusive in their praise of Being Human in a Buddhist World, citing the book as “a stellar example of scholarship that crosses diverse fields, placing Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan culture, (or ‘civilization,’ as Gyatso prefers to call it), and the history of science into conversation,” and calling Professor Gyatso “a true virtuoso at interpreting both visual and literary sources.” 

Professor Gyatso will be presented with the Toshihide Numata Book Award on the afternoon of Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley Campus. The presentation, which will begin at 3 PM, will be followed by a keynote by the author and a symposium that will include the medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams (University of California, San Francisco), the philosopher Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia), and the historian Stacey van Vleet (University of California, Berkeley).

For additional information about the Award or the Award Symposium, please check for updates at the Center for Buddhist Studies website ( or contact

Dr. Sanjyot Mehendale
Vice-Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies
1995 University Avenue, Suite 520F
Berkeley, CA 94704-2318
(510) 643-5104

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Note: See also the Center's detailed information about the award on its website at The book award is known informally as the Toshi.