Journal of Buddhist Ethics Going Forth: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya

Brian Nichols
Going Forth: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya. Edited by William M. Bodiford. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2005, x + 317 pages, ISBN: 0-8248-2787-2, US $48.00 (cloth). Monasticism has been a central feature of the Buddhist tradition from its founding in India to its present revival in China and spread to America. Given the importance of monasticism and the vinaya, the rules for living as a monk in a monastery, it is refreshing to find a volume dedicated to exploring this terrain. Going
more » ... terrain. Going Forth is a collection of essays about the vinaya, precepts, ordinations, penance rituals, monks and monasteries in China and Japan written by former students of Stanley Weinstein and presented in his honor. Given the nature of the volume, the connection between chapters is necessarily loose, bearing on disparate issues related to the vinaya and monasticism in China and Japan across time periods ranging from the fifth to the twentieth century. A brief introduction notes the central role traditionally ascribed to the vinaya as the instrument through which the Buddhist order is established and through which the Buddhist teachings are preserved and transmitted. Bodiford then discusses issues in the reception of the vinaya in China and Japan and how the chapters in this volume shed light on di-