Pacific World Journal

With the 2019 issue, Pacific World will be both blind peer-reviewed and open access. Scholars interested in submitting should note instructions below and use the style guide, which can be downloaded below.

The editorial intent of the third series of Pacific World is to provide a venue for the publication of research and reflection on contemporary issues—intellectual, academic, and social—in Buddhism, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on the Shin tradition. Contemporary issues include 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.

Suggestions for guest edited special sections or special issues will be considered. Special sections/issues should be thematically linked, such as for example, proceedings of a conference, or the presentations from a panel at a professional conference. Essays submitted as part of such special sections/issues will be individually reviewed.

The Pacific World is funded through the generosity of BDK/America, and is free to subscribers. Scroll to the bottom of this page to subscribe or contact the editors.

Use the links on your right to view past issues and download PDF files of individual articles.


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. To contact the Executive Editor, 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:

Dr. Natalie Quli,
Executive Editor, Pacific World Journal
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Include a cover letter with title of submission and contact information, while excluding any personal identifying references in the body of the submission.

Editorial Committee:
Richard K. Payne, Chair
David Matsumoto
Daijaku Kinst
Seigen Yamaoka
Natalie Quli
Scott A. Mitchell

Editorial Advisory Board:
Anne Blackburn, Cornell University
Courtney Bruntz, Doane University
Melissa Curley, Ohio State University
Gil Fronsdal, Institute of Buddhist Studies
David Gray, Santa Clara University
Maria Heim, Amherst College
Hsiao-lan Hu, University of Detroit Mercy
David McMahan, Franklin and Marshall College
Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
Eisho Nasu, Ryukoku University
Elizabeth Ørberg, University of Copenhagen
Aaron Proffitt, State University of New York, Albany
Cristina Rocha, Western Sydney University
Brooke Schedneck, Rhodes College
Daniel Veidlinger, California State University, Chico
Pamela Winfield, Elon University

Pacific World Style Guide for Authors (PDF)

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