Charles Prebish honored for contributions to Buddhist studies
Penn State Live, November 14, 2005
Pennsylvania, Michigan (USA) -- The Routledge Press has published a volume, known as a "Festschrift," honoring Charles Prebish's long contribution to the field of Buddhist studies. Prebish, professor of religious studies, is in his 35th year on the Penn State faculty.
The book is "Buddhist Studies from India to America: Essays in Honor of Charles S. Prebish," which was edited by Damien Keown. It contains a prologue serving as a biography and summary of Prebish's contributions to Buddhist studies, a bibliography of his publications and an introduction surveying the chapters in the book. Some 17 essays are included.
To the best of Prebish's knowledge, only five other scholars of Buddhism who have taught in North America during the past 50 years have been honored with a Festschrift, and of those five, only two were honored during their lifetime. The other three were honored well after their deaths.
At Penn State, Prebish has taught approximately 20 different courses during his career. For many years he has been the religious studies honors adviser and he most recently served at chair of the liberal arts undergraduate studies committee. Prebish has published 17 books and more than 50 refereed articles and chapters. The professor is the pioneer behind the creation of a new subdiscipline of Buddhist studies, usually referred to as the study of "Western Buddhism."
He is the founding co-editor of the first peer-reviewed online journal in the field of religious studies. Known as the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, it now has more than 6,000 subscribers in 60 countries. He also is the founding co-editor of the online Journal of Global Buddhism. Prebish is now editor emeritus of this journal. Prebish created the first eTextbook on Buddhism for use in college classes.
This eBook, known as "Buddhism-The eBook" has been used in nearly two dozen North American universities since its publication in February 2004.The Routledge Press has published a volume, known as a "Festschrift," honoring Charles Prebish's long contribution to the field of Buddhist studies. Prebish, professor of religious studies, is in his 35th year on the Penn State faculty.