Buddhism, Law & Society

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Benjamin Boron

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. & HeinOnline are pleased to announce the availability of Buddhism, Law & Society. This is the first interdisciplinary academic journal to focus on Buddhist law and the relationship between Buddhism, law, and society. Buddhism and its many social and legal manifestations are a central area of interest for the journal, as are the state’s legal relations to Buddhist actors, institutions, and texts.

Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion and dharma that encompass a variety of traditions, beliefs, and spiritual practices which can mainly be attributed to the teachings of Buddha. This journal uncovers how Buddhism affected the political and legal structures of the countries where it was practiced over the past 2,500 years and the countries where it is currently practiced. At the same time, the political and legal systems of those Asian countries also regulated and exerted control over Buddhist sanctuaries and Buddhist practitioners within their jurisdictions and often still do. This journal aims to pursue these relations and makes no assumption as to how large or small those effects are.

Buddhism, like all religious legal systems, has many internal particularist rules based on ideas that are central to Buddhism’s religious practices that may often seem strange to outsiders. Articles in this volume involve these internal rules, including whether or not a woman could reach enlightenment in this lifetime, rules pertaining to the desecration of Buddhist monuments, and more. Future volumes will also feature articles written from a wide variety of genres, theoretical orientations, languages, time periods and disciplinary traditions.

Accessing Buddhism, Law & Society

This new journal is available in print and via Hein's Current Content Model. This model provides subscribers with online access to the current article or issue of a Hein-published journal when it becomes available. This allows users to gain online access to new material as quickly as possible. Those who do not subscribe to current content will still be able to view the journal in the Law Journal Library or Religion and the Law, but there will be a one-year embargo on all volumes following the first.


Now Accepting Submissions

Articles on jurisprudence, philosophy, procedure, local community practices, ethics, and social sanctions, both historical and contemporary, as they relate to Buddhism and law in society in Asian and global contexts are all welcome. The journal welcomes submissions from legal practitioners as well as academics in a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and law.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration, or for questions about potential submissions including book reviews, please contact editor@buddhismlaw.org.

Pricing Information:


Volume 1 (2015-2016)…………….$70.00 (per volume)


Volume 1 (2015-2016)…………….$83.00 (per volume)

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