2010 Toshihide Numata Book Prize
Friday, December 3, 2010. During a ceremony at Alumni House, the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Numata Foundation) presented the 2010 Toshihide Numata Book Prize to Harvard University Professor James Robson for his 2009 book Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue) in Medieval China.
This event included introductory remarks on behalf of Mr. Toshihide Numata by Rev. Brian Nagata (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai), a keynote address by James Robson, and a symposium on "Ritual Place," chaired by Robert Sharf, with presentations by Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara of Yale University, and Alexander von Rospatt and Jacob Dalton of UC Berkeley.
The Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism (or "Toshi" Prize) is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book in the area of Buddhist studies. Professor Robson's work was selected by members of an outside committee who lauded Robson for his mastery of a wide range of historical materials, and for his broad contribution to the fields of religious studies and Chinese studies as well as Buddhist studies.