This section is still being developed. Edited by Kyle Garton-Gundling.
Introductions and readings on the following Buddhism and Literature topics are available through Oxford Bibliographies Online:
Buddhism and the Beats
Buddhism and Modern Literature
History of the Buddhist Canon
Oral and Literature Traditions
Pure Land Sūtras
Sutta (Pāli/Theravada Canon)
Tibetan Book of the Dead
Tibetan Buddhist Verse Literature
Alpert, Avram. A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach Us About Living Well Without Perfection. Columbia University Press, 2021.
Garton-Gundling, Kyle. Enlightened Individualism: Buddhism and Hinduism in American Literature from the Beats to the Present. Ohio State University Press, 2019.
Humphries, Jefferson. Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.
Mitchell, Scott A. “Buddhism and the Beats.” Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Normand, Lawrence, and Alison Winch, eds. Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
Whalen-Bridge, John, and Gary Storhoff, eds. The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.
Whalen-Bridge, John, and Gary Storhoff, eds. Writing as Enlightenment: Buddhist American Literature in the Twenty-First Century. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011.
Coleman, James. The New Buddhism. Oxford U Press, 2001.
McMahan, David L. “Mindfulness, Literature and the Affirmation of Ordinary Life.” The Making of Buddhist Modernism, by David L. McMahan, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 215-240.
Prothero, Stephen R. The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott. Indiana University Press, 1996.
Seager, Richard. Buddhism in America. Columbia U Press, 1999.
Tweed, Thomas. The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912. UNC Press, 1992.
Versluis, Arthur. American Gurus : From American Transcendentalism to New Age Religion. Oxford University Press, 2014.
—. American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions. Oxford University Press, 1994.
A review of contemporary Buddhist fiction with links to books and related information.