Looking for the best books on Buddhism? So are we. We asked experts to compile reading lists and discuss their recommendations in an interview. Find related interviews below; for beginners, we recommend Elizabeth Harris’s discussion of introductory books about Buddhism; Donald S Lopez Jr, a Buddhism scholar, also provides an invaluable overview of the foundations of Buddhist beliefs.
The Religious Question in Modern China
by Vincent Goossaert and David Palmer
by David Palmer
The Missionary's Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village
by Henrietta Harrison
Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China
by Bill Porter
Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan
by Richard Madsen
China is a religious country with all kinds of faiths being practised across its vast territories—despite Mao’s attempts to eradicate them. The Chinese Communist Party tolerates a variety of religions but continues to grapple with the potential challenge they pose to its authority. Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson introduces the best books on the complex topic of religion in China.