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Prof. Pierce Salguero, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

(present June - August 2017)

Areas of interest

Research project: “Buddhism” and “Medicine” in Medieval China: An Analysis of Categories in Historical Context

My current research project explores the close relationship between Buddhism and medicine in medieval China. My analysis does not proceed using modern categories such as “religious” vs. “secular” (or “religion” vs. “science,” or other such anachronistic binaries) to understand the medieval case. Rather, I focus on exploring how medieval authors themselves framed the boundaries of Buddhism by constructing distinctions between what they called “the Dharma” or “ultimate truth” on the one hand, and “worldly knowledge” or “expedient means” on the other. While overcoming  disease and achieving health were always perennial Buddhist concerns, medieval Chinese texts carved out separate  domains of worldly and Dharmic healing expertise, and associated these in turn with the different social categories of “physician” and “bodhisattva.” Each of these types of actors were implicated in different social networks, occupied different positions within the Buddhist moral hierarchy, and were idealized as contributors to society and the state in different ways.

Biography

2016 - present

Associate Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies, Division of Arts & Humanities, The Abington College of Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA (USA)

2010 - 2016

Assistant Professor, Division of Arts & Humanities, The Abington College of Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA (USA)

2015 - 2020

Steering Committee member, “Religions, Medicines, and Healing” Group of the American Academy of Religion

2010

Ph.D. in History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (USA)

2009 - 2010

Instructor & Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Departments of History and Religious Studies, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (USA)

Relevant Publications

  • Salguero, Pierce (ed.). Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology. New York: Columbia University Press. 2017.
  • Salguero, Pierce. Traditional Thai Medicine, Revised Edition. Bangkok: White Lotus, 2016 [2007].
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Toward a Global History of Buddhism and Medicine.” Buddhist Studies Review, 32/1 (2015): 35–61.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Reexamining the Categories and Canons of Chinese Buddhist Healing.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies, 28 (2015): 35–66.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Medicine.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. doi: 10.1093/obo/ 9780195393521-0140. Updated 2015.
  • Salguero, Pierce.Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Buddhism & Medicine in East Asian History.” Religion Compass, 8/8 (2014): 239–50.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China.” Asian Philosophy, 23/4 (2013): 341–49.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “‘On Eliminating Disease’: Translations of the Medical Chapter from the Chinese Versions of the Sutra of Golden Light.” eJournal of Indian Medicine, 6/1 (2013): 21–43. [Revised version appears in Salguero 2017, ch. 4.]
  • Salguero, Pierce. “‘Treating Illness’: Translation of a Chapter from a Medieval Chinese Buddhist Meditation Manual by Zhiyi (538–597).” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, 7/2 (2012): 461–73. [Revised version appears in Salguero 2017, ch. 37.]
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Indian Influence on Chinese Medicine through Buddhism.” World History Encyclopedia, Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2012.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “Mixing Metaphors: Translating the Indian Medical Doctrine Tridọsa in Chinese Buddhist Sources,” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, 6 (2010-11): 55–74.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “‘A Flock of Ghosts Bursting Forth and Scattering’: Healing Narratives in a Sixth-Century Chinese Buddhist Hagiography,” East Asian Science Technology, 2010: 89-120.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “The Buddhist Medicine King in Literary Context: Reconsidering an Early Medieval Example of Indian Influence on Chinese Medicine and Surgery,” History of Religions, 48/3 (2009): 183–210.
  • Salguero, Pierce. “The Buddhist Medicine King in Literary Context: Reconsidering an Early Medieval Example of Indian influence on Chinese Medicine and Surgery,” History of Religions 48/3 (2009): 183-210.