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BERKELEY — November 9, 2018

The Center for Buddhist Studies Celebrates the Winner of the 2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award

During a ceremony at the Jodo Shinshu Center, the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Numata Foundation) presented the 2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award to Professor Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University) for A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor (Oxford University Press).

The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is presented on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. The three members of this year's committee were unanimous in their ranking and praise of A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor. One calls it "one of the most stimulating and exciting books I have read in recent years." A second reviewer commented, "even though it deals with some difficult textual material, it does so in an impressively authoritative way, and it is beautifully written as well." The third reviewer wrote that it "convincingly demonstrated the importance of the notion of metaphor (and, more broadly, of ideas about signification and language in general) in Yogācāra philosophy." Each of the reviewers highlighted Tzohar's lucid handling of difficult materials, the originality of his analysis, and the book's potential impact on the field.

The award presentation by BDK America President George Tanabe was followed by a keynote by the author and a symposium that included talks by Professors Jonardon Ganeri (New York University), Cat Prueitt (George Mason University), and Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia).

More information on the Toshihide Numata Book Award and a link to the webcast of the symposium can be found on the Center for Buddhist Studies website:

http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu

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Robert Sharf (Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies)     Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University, Award Recipient) and George Tanabe (President, BDK America)

 Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University, Award Recipient) and George Tanabe (President, BDK America)     George Tanabe (President, BDK America), Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University, Award Recipient), and  Robert Sharf (Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies)

Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University, Award Recipient)