Pacific World JournalThe editorial intent of the third series of Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies is to provide a venue for the publication of research and reflection on contemporary issues in Buddhism, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on the Shin tradition. Contemporary issues include both those related to the application of Shin and Buddhist thought in our present world, and those having to do with the origin, development, and current state of Buddhism as an institution, practice, and system of thought. Essays can employ a variety of different methodological orientations, including for example doctrinal, philosophic, sociological, psychological, textual, ritual, and biographical approaches. The journal is intended to reach both the educated lay Buddhist community and the academic community of Buddhist studies scholars.

The Pacific World is generously funded through the generosity of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, and is free to subscribers. Scroll to the bottom of this page to subscribe or contact the editors.

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Pacific World is an annual journal in English devoted to the dissemination of historical, textual, critical and interpretive articles on Buddhism generally and Shinshu Buddhism particularly to both academic and lay readerships. The journal is distributed free of charge. For more information, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Articles for consideration by the Pacific World are welcomed and are to be submitted in English and addressed to:

Editor, Pacific World Journal
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Editorial Committee:
Richard K. Payne, Chair
David Matsumoto
Eisho Nasu
Natalie Quli
Scott A. Mitchell

Pacific World Style Guide for Authors (PDF)

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