The Journal of Global Buddhism has been established to promote the study of the globalization of Buddhism, both historical and contemporary, and its transnational and transcontinental interrelatedness. We publish research articles, special issues (special focus sections), discussions, critical notes, review essays and book reviews, as detailed in our Author Guidelines.
The JGB is published entirely online. In all other respects, it functions as a traditional scholarly journal.
The Journal of Global Buddhism interprets "global" in a broad geographic and sociological sense, but with a particular focus on developments in industrialized, non-Asian countries. The primary subjects considered by the journal include:
Major historical investigations of Buddhist development with a focus on Western countries; developments within individual Buddhist traditions concentrating on historical trends in Western Buddhism.
Comparative studies in the development of Western Buddhism; area studies and their interconnectedness; concerns for de-territorialization of locality.
Investigation of membership determination; ethnicity; Buddhist practice(s); democratization; adaptation and acculturation; ecumenical movements; future trends.
Investigations of individual Buddhist groups(s); multiple studies of Buddhist communities within Buddhist traditions and sectarian divisions; studies of leading figures in modern Buddhism, reflecting both Asian immigrant and Western convert communities; studies of leading figures in modern Buddhism, reflecting both Asian immigrant and Western convert communities.
Empirical findings resulting from individual investigations; results from journal-sponsored surveys.
Inclusive, broadly based, comprehensive bibliographies; case-specific tradition-based bibliographies; country-specific bibliographies; issue-oriented bibliographies.
Transcultural transplantation of Buddhist traditions: models and systematizations; images, projections, and idealizations of Buddhism; politics of representation; the impact of globalization; examination of approaches to the study of global Buddhism, such as diaspora studies.
About the journal
The Journal of Global Buddhism is a diamond open access journal dedicated to the study of the globalization of Buddhism, both historical and contemporary, and its transnational and transcontinental interrelatedness. We publish research articles, special issues, discussions, critical notes, review essays, and book reviews.