List of Selected Publications


  1. BulletBuddhism, Unitarianism, and the Meiji Competition for Universality. Harvard East Asian Monographs 351. Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 2014. For availability, please see

  2. BulletTraité sur l’Inépuisable Lampe du Zen: Tōrei (1721–1792) et sa vision de l’éveil [Treatise on the Inexhaustible Lamp of Zen: Tōrei and his Vision of Awakening], 2 vols. Vol. XXVIII, Mélanges chinois et bouddhiques. Brussels (Bruxelles) 1997: Institut Belge des Hautes Études Chinoises. Publisher

Book Chapters

  1. BulletSengai’s Multifaceted Legacy,” In Zen Master Sengai: 1750–1837, edited by Katharina Epprecht. Zürich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2014, pp. 16–24.

  2. BulletThe Use of Traps and Snares: Shaku Sōen Revisited.” In Zen Masters, edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 183–216.

  3. BulletBeyond Awareness: Tōrei Enji’s Understanding of Realization in the Treatise on the Inexhaustible Lamp of Zen, Chapter 6.” In Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings, edited by William Edelglass, and Jay L. Garfield. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 159–170.

  4. BulletInvocation of the Sage: The Ritual to Glorify the Emperor.” In Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 205–222.

  5. BulletImagining Indian Zen: Tōrei’s Commentary on the Ta-mo-to-lo ch’an ching and the Rediscovery of Early Meditation Techniques during the Tokugawa Era.” In Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism, edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 215–246.

  6. BulletChan and Zen.” In The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Second Edition, edited by Donald Borchert. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, Gale Group/Thomson, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 726–30.

  7. BulletL’héritage contesté de Dokuan Genkô : Traditions et conflits dans le bouddhisme Zen du XVIIe siècle.” In Repenser l’ordre, repenser l’héritage: paysage intellectuel du Japon (XVIIe–XIXe siècles), edited by F. Girard, A. Horiuchi and M. Macé. Paris-Genève: Droz, 2002, pp. 209–63. Publisher

  8. BulletEmerging from Non-Duality: Kōan Practice in the Rinzai Tradition since Hakuin.” In The Kōan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism, edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 244–79.

  9. BulletHakuin.” In Buddhist Spirituality: Later China, Korea, Japan, and the Modern World, edited by Y. Takeuchi, J. W. Heisig, P. L. Swanson and J. S. O’Leary. World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, Vol. 9. New York: A Herder & Herder Book, The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999, pp. 307–28.

Refereed Articles

  1. Note: Since 2012 the University of Hawai‘i has been implementing an Open Access Policy. As a result, most journal articles published after 2012 are available in PDF format from the UH repository called “ScholarSpace.” The collection of Michel Mohr’s articles can be found on this URL:


  3. BulletImmeasurable Devices: Their Treatment in the Damoduoluo chanjing and Further Distillation in Japanese Zen.” Dharma Drum Journal of Buddhist Studies 16: June 2015, 63–94.

  4. BulletFilial Piety with a Zen Twist: Universalism and Particularism Surrounding the Sutra on the Difficulty of Reciprocating the Kindness of Parents,” Journal of Religion in Japan 2 (1), May 2013, pp. 35–62.

  5. BulletPlowing the Zen Field: Trends since 1989 and Emerging Perspectives,” Religion Compass, 6/2, 2012, pp. 113–124. Abstract

  6. BulletCutting through Desire: Dokuan Genkō’s Odes on the Nine Perceptions of Foulness,” The Eastern Buddhist, vol. 40 nos. 1 & 2, 2009, pp. 175–215 [published in April 2010].

  7. BulletMurakami Senshō: In Search [of] the Fundamental Unity of Buddhism,” The Eastern Buddhist, vol. 37 nos. 1–2, 2005, pp. 77–105 [published in September 2006].

  8. BulletJapanese Zen Schools and the Transition to Meiji: A Plurality of Responses in the Nineteenth Century,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, vol. 25 no. 1–2, Spring 1998 Special Issue on Meiji Zen, pp. 167–213. PDF

  9. BulletZen Buddhism during the Tokugawa Period: The Challenge to Go beyond Sectarian Consciousness,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, vol. 21 no. 4, December 1994, pp. 341–72. PDF

  10. *For my publications in Japanese, see the page Works in Japanese

  11. *This selection includes only a few of the most representative publications.

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